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Grasmere hosts Walking With The Wounded challenge

Almost 600 people took part in the Walking With The Wounded's annual fundraiser in the Lake District.

The 'Cumbrian Challenge' raises money for the injured war veterans charity, which aims to help ex-service men and women get back into work.

Lori Carnochan was in Grasmere for the start:

Concern for missing Wigton woman

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Cumbria Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of Chereesa Gilbert from Wigton.

The 43-year-old has been missing since Wednesday, when she was last seen in the Brackenlands area of the town.

She's described as being five feet tall and of a slim build.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.


Police appeal after serious assault in Dumfries

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Police are appealing for information after an alleged serious assault in Dumfries.

Officers were called to a disturbance in College Drive at around 6pm on 9th May.

Police understand as many as four people may have been involved in an assault, which resulted in a 29-year-old man being struck on the head with a weapon.

The man sustained cuts to his head and face but was discharged from Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary after treatment.

"It is possible a number of people may have witnessed this disturbance which took place in the street but have yet to come forward".

“Officers will be carrying out door to door enquiries however, I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and who may have seen a disturbance, or if they have any information that will assist officers with their investigation, to contact Dumfries Police Office via 101 quoting incident number PDG0106350517 or if they want to remain anonymous, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

– Constable Scott Ruddick, Police Scotland

Galloway boat death pair linked to puppy smuggling

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Two men who drowned off the coast of Galloway were suspected puppy smugglers, it's been claimed.

Sandy Hamilton, 35, and Kevin McKinley, 46, both from Larkhall, were pulled from the water near Port Logan on Sunday afternoon.

The pair had left the harbour around 9am on Saturday morning where it's believe they were heading for Stranraer.

However, after they failed to return in the evening, emergency services were called and a large scale search and rescue operation was launched.

Both men had previously been appeared in a TV documentary into the illegal puppy trade, where young animals are trafficked and sold around the UK for cash.

It's claimed they had links to convicted puppy trafficker Robert Brownlie, to bring in thousands of designer puppies from Ireland to Scotland.

An investigation into the two deaths in continuing.

Troubled Cumbrian zoo granted new licence

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A Cumbrian zoo where almost 500 animals died within four years has been granted a new licence.

An application for the licence for South Lakes Safari Zoo was turned down two months ago, after inspectors raised concerns over its management structure and veterinary care.

However, an application from Cumbria Zoo Company Limited (CZCL), which took over the running of the zoo in January, was approved on Tuesday evening.

The licensing committee in Barrow-in-Furness were told by the inspection team that they were "highly encouraged" by improvements made.


Police investigate deliberate house fire in Sanquhar

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Police Scotland are investigating a deliberate house fire in Sanquhar.

Emergency services were called to a property in Crichton Road at around 7am on Sunday 30 April.

The householder was not in at the time, and it believed the fire may have been smouldering for several hours.

The property was extensively smoke damaged as a result of the fire.

"While the house was empty at the time, this was still a reckless and very stupid act of fire-raising. The consequence could have been tragic had the fire taken hold.

"If you saw anything unusual or saw anyone in the area in the hours before the fire was discovered, or have any information about the circumstances of the fire, then please contact police on 101 quoting incident number PDG0097650417".

– Constable Ryan Dougan, Police Scotland

Man charged in connection with Dumfries assault

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A 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with a serious assault which took place in Glasgow Street, Dumfries on Thursday 27th April.

Police Scotland said it appeared the man had been struck on the head and then attacked on the ground.

The victim was taking to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where he was treated for a collapsed lung.

The incident happened in a bus stop next to Goldie Park at around 4.50pm.

A report is being prepared for the Procurator Fiscal.

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