Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway is Scotland's National Book Town, it boasts sixteen full time book shops and this weekend a book festival involving nearly 200 events.
There are authors and events for adults and children, including Natalie Haynes, Douglas Hurd, James Kelman, Jon Ronson, John Simpson, Alexander McCall Smith, Marina Warner and AN Wilson.
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Mark Quigley dragged "defenceless" victim Ryan Burns by the throat from a bar stool inside the Yellow Earl pub late on December 30.
34-year-old Andrew Bell held a child in a headlock and dragged her four meters down the street whilst under the influence of drugs.
Police are carrying out investigations following a spate of break-ins and thefts in both Hawick and the rural areas of Allerdale.