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Councillor on D&G refugees: 'It's only right we take our fair share'

A Syrian boy in a Lebanon refugee camp Credit: PA

Councillor Ronnie Nicholson has defended plans to resettle Syrian refugees in Dumfries & Galloway, saying 'it's only right that we take our fair share'.

Dumfries & Galloway council yesterday announced they were help re-house 20 Syrian families fleeing from the war-torn country.

The families will be selected from camps in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

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The amount of Syrian families arriving in the Dumfries & Galloway

This a humanitarian issue, it's not about migration, it's only right that we take our fair share.

– Councillor Ronnie Nicholson

Cumbria council calls for community refugee help

The council will home 30 families. Credit: PA

Cumbria County Council has agreed to provide homes for 30 Syrian refugee families in the county by Christmas.

The council is asking anyone who wants to offer assistance, including accommodation, clothing and support, to email them at: refugee.support@cumbria.gov.uk.

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Mundell urges patience in Lockerbie investigation

David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, says people need to wait patiently for results from the latest stage of the Lockerbie investigation.

The Scottish Minister was speaking exclusively to ITV Border:

There are no short term answers that are going to emerge that haven't emerged over that period.

I think people have to be patient but I think it is a positive development and we should look at it in that way."

– David Mundell MP

Lockerbie bombing: 'if it was Libya, it was Gaddafi'

Throughout the Lockerbie bombing investigation, questions have been raised about the involvement of Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the crime.

Oliver Miles spent a short time as British Ambassador to Libya in 1984, and he isn't certain Libya was involved at all.

But he says if the country was involved, it was certainly organised at the highest level:

Don't forget that Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the crime, was convicted of conspiracy. No-one imagines that he acted alone.

There must have been a team, if he was part of it, it was a Libyan team, and if it was a Libyan team, it was Gaddafi."

– Oliver Miles, former British ambassador to Libya

Lockerbie bombing: family still hopeful for justice

One month after it was confirmed there were two new suspects in the Lockerbie Bombing investigation, there appears to have been very little progress.

Former British ambassador to Libya, Oliver Miles says he fears the truth of what happened may never be known.

He also says he's not 100% convinced Libya was involved in the 1988 downing of Pan Am flight 103.

But not everyone doubts Libya's involvement. Susan Cohen is the mother of one of the 189 Americans who were on board:

I want to make clear that to the American families there is no issue about whether it was Megrahi, and whether it was Libya."

– Susan Cohen

At 77, Susan is still hopeful she will live to see justice done.

Lockerbie bombing: 'we will probably never know the truth'

Pam Am flight 103 Credit: PA

A former British ambassador to Libya says he's not convinced questions will ever fully be answered about the Lockerbie bombing.

It's a month since Scottish prosecutors announced they want to speak to two Libyan suspects in connection with the downing of Pam Am flight 103 in 1988 which killed 270 people:

I think we will probably never know the truth, I would say one major reservation, or exception is that, I could imagine there might be a deathbed confession.

Someone who was involved might on his deathbed tell the story, so to speak."

– Oliver Miles, Former British Ambassador to Libya
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