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Dumfries & Galloway Police win award

A project to ensure festival-goers were safe to drive the next day has won the Consultation and Community Engagement award in the Police Scotland Local Policing Year One Awards.

Dumfries and Galloway police officers awarded Credit: Police Scotland

Officers based at ‘V’ Division in Dumfries and Galloway were rewarded for their work at the Wickerman Festival to stop music fans from drinking and driving by setting up a ‘breath test staging post’ where people could voluntarily be breath-tested to ensure they were safe to drive the morning after the concert.

This was undertaken by a plain clothed police officer to alleviate any anxiety or perceived stigma over accessing this service. If the individual had alcohol in their system, especially if above the legal limit, they were advised not to drive.

The officers also linked in with trained alcohol workers to provide educational information about the effects of alcohol.

Judges commented that the winning project showed “direct engagement on an important issue, prevents drink-driving as well as increasing awareness and challenging perceptions.”

“The Local Policing Year One Awards recognise innovation and excellence in delivering policing across Scotland and share best practice.

The Awards enable us to celebrate the achievements of Police Scotland officers and staff and their partners in keeping people safe and tackling the policing priorities identified by local communities.”

– Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick

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Wickerman Festival starts today

The arena is all set to go for The Wickerman Festival 2014 Credit: ITV Border

The Wickerman Festival starts today and takes place until tomorrow evening when the giant wickerman will be set alight for the festival finale.

This year's acts include headliner Dizzee Rascal, del Almitri, The Feeling, Shed Seven and many more, including local acts from the south of Scotland.

Now in its thirteenth year, the award-winning festival attracts thousands of music fans to East Kirkcarswell near Dundrennan in south west Scotland.

Festival-goers can expect fine weather for today and most of tomorrow Credit: ITV Border

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Hours to go until Wickerman Festival kicks off

The thirteenth Wickerman Festival kicks off today at Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright.

Around 12,000 people are expected at the event over the weekend.

This year's Wickerman Festival gets underway today Credit: ITV Border

Dizzee Rascal and Scottish band Del Amitri are this year's headliners.

The festival finishes with the Wickerman going up in flames on Saturday night.

Full Report: Thousands turn out for Wickerman Festival

It has been a busy weekend of events across our region with thousands of people attending the Wickerman Festival in Dumfries and Galloway.

The headliner was the singer songwriter Amy Macdonald, who grew up not too far away.

And as ever, the weekend ended with the burning of a straw man 25 feet tall.

Watch the full report from Lucy Taylor below.

This year's Wickerman Festival is the 'most successful yet'

The Wickerman Festival in Dumfries and Galloway sold out for the first time in 12 years. Credit: ITV News Border

Organisers of the Wickerman Festival say this year's event has been their most successful yet.

The two-day festival in Dumfries and Galloway sold out for the first time.

Scottish singer-songwriters Amy McDonald and KT Tunstall were among the top international acts playing alongside local bands.

The music event near Kirkcudbright is now in its 12th year.

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