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Regeneration disturbs the waters in Stranraer

Dumfries and Galloway Council has approved plans that will see Stranraer benefit from almost half a million pounds of funding.

The money was saved after the new slip way at the harbour came in under budget.

But concerns have been raised that the public haven't been listened to, when considering the best way forwards for Stranraer's regeneration.

Fiona McIlwraith has this report.

Stranraer savings: where should the money go?

Stranraer's slip way cost less than expected, and councillors are discussing whether to spend the £500,000 savings on the town.

They're asking the public where they think the money should go.

"I would like to see some of the money spent on dredging the whole of the harbour and then working from there, with that as a blueprint."

– Ronnie Bowie, business owner


Boat hoist could 'cut off' fishermen

Developments at Stranraer Harbour are not popular with everyone Credit: ITV Border

Willie Scobie, Councillor for Stranraer and North Rhins, says a new boat hoist could cut off access to the harbour.

"The boat hoist is going to cut off, or has the potential to cut off access to the harbour for fishermen but really there has been no economic profile on this, we don't know just exactly how often this boat hoist is going to be used."

– Cllr Willie Scobie

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.

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