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Scottish swimmers compete in European Special Olympics

A pair of swimmers from the Border region are in action this week at the Special Olympics European games.

They've travelled from Dumfries and Galloway to Antwerp in Belgium, to take part in the sporting event for those with learning disabilities.

Lauren Hall's been finding out how they're getting on.

Tiger Death inquest to begin today

An inquest into the death of a zoo keeper killed by a Sumatran tiger at a Cumbrian zoo is due to begin today.

Twenty four year old Sarah McClay was dragged into the animal's enclosure at the South Lakes Safari Zoo where she worked in May last year.

She later died in hospital of her injuries.

The week long hearing into the circumstances surrounding her death will be held at Kendal's County Hall.

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Dumfries monastery murder trial adjourned

The trial of two men accused of murdering the founder of the Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery near Lockerbie has been adjourned.

Akong Rinpoche and two other men were stabbed to death last October in China. The Tibetan Lama was a well known figure in the Buddhist community in Dumfires and Galloway.

Two men have gone on trial in Chengdu. The judges have retired to consider their verdicts.

D&G athletes head to Belgium for Olympics

A swimmer has travelled all the way from the Border region to Antwerp in Belgium, to take part in the Special Olympics European Games.

Emma Birley from Dumfries and Galloway is part of Team GB - which is one of more than fifty nations taking part in this major sporting event for those with learning disabilities.

It all starts this weekend, giving our athletes time for training and even a bit of sightseeing. Our reporter Lauren Hall has joined them.

Shooting for the stars

Life on mars, extra terrestrials and space travel are no longer things we just watch in the movies. Experts believe that soon we will be offered flights to space in the same way we can book a holiday abroad.

One girl from Dumfries is hoping to make her dream of going into space a reality, and she's now closer than ever after winning a trip to NASA.

Lori Carnochan reports

Downing Street meets D&G Olympic competitors

The countdown to a major sporting event is nearly over.

This weekend sees the start of the Special Olympics European Games, an event for people with learning disabilities. Among the athletes taking part are a few from the Border region, representing Dumfries & Galloway.

Team GB departed for Antwerp in Belgium yesterday after being treated to a reception at Downing Street. Our reporter Lauren Hall went along too.

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Dumfries student aims for the moon

A student from Dumfries High School has beaten off hundreds of others to win a place at Nasa Space School in Houston.

16-year-old Jennifer Morris will fly to America next month to take part in the week-long programme. She'll meet astronauts, learn about space and find out how to make a career out of her passion.

40 days of marathons and a shack

Dave Hall and his support friend Mike Credit: ITV Border

50-year-old Dave Hall is running 40 marathons in 40 days and sleeping in a shack each night for charity.

Dave, from Luton, will travel from John O' Groats to Land's End. He's raising money for the charity Home Leone and hopes to get enough money to build 40 new homes in Sierra Leone, Africa, for families who are currently living in slums.

He began his journey on 18th August and will finish on the 26th September. The shack he's sleeping in is a replica of a slum-town shack, which is driven along the route with Dave.

Dave sleeps in the shack each night on his tour, made of recycled materials. Credit: ITV Border

Harry's letters from WW1 go home to Carlisle

One of Harry's letters Credit: ITV Border

A collection of 150 letters are to go on display at a Military Museum in Carlisle.

The hoard was collected by the museums curator following a phone call from a relative of soldier Harry Canham, who served with the Kings Own Border Regiment.

The nearly complete collection documents his time fighting in the Far East.

The equivalent of one a week was sent during his time there. Only two are missing from the collection.

Harry Canham, soldier with the Kings Own Border Regiment Credit: ITV Border

"He's telling his family when he is embarking from Southampton on his way he drops off at Alexandria for refuelling, re-provision of the shop and onwards through the Suez Canal to the Far East. So it is just mundane stuff but of vital importance in these years of commemoration of the First World War."

– Tony Goddard, Curator of The Military Museum of Life
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