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Stranraer slip way saves £500,000

Money saved from building a slip way in Stranraer could go towards the regeneration of the town.

Councillors will discuss today whether to inject the money back into the local community.

Over £490,000 has been saved by putting in a smaller slipway and a boat lift, the public will be asked their views on how the money should be spent.


Three people caught drink driving in five hours

Three people have been caught drink driving within the space of five hours in Stranraer.

A 38-year-old man, a 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman will all be reported to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to drink driving offences.

Police say they were all stopped between late last night, Wednesday 30 July, and the early hours of this morning, Thursday 31 July.

Police Scotland are using this news as an opportunity to remind drivers of the consequences of drink driving.

“The fact that multiple drivers are being caught each and every week proves that some people are so brazen and either don’t think they will be caught or simply don’t care if they do.

"A driver who doesn’t care about their safety and the safety of others should not be on the road.

“So many lives have been affected negatively by these arrogant attitudes of a minority of drivers. Do not stand for it, help save lives, if you suspect a drink driver, call us at the time so we can act and make the roads safer."

– Inspector Neil Hewitson, Roads Policing Unit

Teenager escapes jail for raping 12 year old

Conor Bull admitted raping a 12 year old girl Credit: SPINDRIFT

17 year old Conor Bull walked free from court after admitting raping a 12 year old girl in Stranraer.

He raped the schoolgirl in December last year. At the High Court in Glasgow judge Lord Burns told Bull: "The public interest does not require a custodial sentence."

Instead Lord Burns ordered Bull to perform 101 hours unpaid work in the community.

Teenager walks free after raping 12 year old girl

A teenager who admitted raping a 12-year-old girl in South West Scotland has been spared a jail sentance. Conor Bull, 17, from Stranraer, raped the schoolgirl in December last year and later boasted of what he had done to a friend.

At the High Court in Glasgow judge Lord Burns told Bull: "The public interest does not require a custodial sentence." Instead Lord Burns ordered Bull to perform 101 hours unpaid work in the community.

Bull will also be under the supervision of a social worker for three years and attend a course designed to make sexual offenders realise the impact their actions have had on their victim and their family.


Artefacts discovered at bypass go on display

Some of the artefacts date back as far as 7000 BC Credit: ITV Border

Historic artefacts which were discovered during construction work on the Dunragit bypass, near Stranraer, have been put on display in Edinburgh.

Transport Minister Keith Brown unveiled the finds at the National Museum of Scotland. Some date as far back as 7000 BC.

Evidence was also found of the earliest known Mesolithic settlement in the south west of Scotland. Some of the items on display include pottery, arrow heads and rare jewellery.

Intruder in home of elderly woman

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man entered the home of an 85-year-old woman in Stranraer without her permission. Officers say the woman was distressed but not injured during the incident. It happened at 9am on Saturday, March 22nd in the School Road area of the town.

Detectives from Police Scotland want to know the movements of a man described as white, wearing a dark jacket, grey hooded top, blue jeans and black trainers.

Police have issued a reminder to vulnerable people not to open their door to anyone who they do not know and who does not have any official identification visible. A 30 year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is being held in custody.

Regeneration plans for Stranraer's East Pier

Plans for the regeneration of one of our poorer towns took a step forward today.

Dumfries and Galloway Council and Stena Line have now officially promoted Stranraer's East Pier as a site for development. It's part of the £2.4million redevelopment of the waterfront area.

The ferry terminal closed in 2011 as operations moved up to Cairnryan, but despite today's announcement people in Stranraer still have major concerns about the town's future.

Lori Carnochan was at the East Pier for us this afternoon.

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