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Motorcyclists face trial for speeding up to 130mph

Credit: ITV Border

Two motorcyclists are set to face trial next month on charges of riding their motorbikes at up to 130 miles an hour on the rural A713 Castle Douglas to Ayr Road between Parton and Dalry.

Arin Cirik, 27, of Walker Avenue, Troon, and 35-year- old Sean Reid, of Carrick Road, Ayr, pleaded not guilty at Dumfries Sheriff Court to separate charges of travelling at grossly excessive speeds in the face of obvious and potential dangers in April.


Crash closes A75 through Castle Douglas

A diversion is in place through the town. Credit: ITV Border

There are reports of a crash on the major A75 road through Castle Douglas, in Dumfries and Galloway,

A diversion is said to be in place through Castle Douglas, with the road closed in both directions.

Stagecoach have Tweeted that bus passengers travelling through the area should expect delays.

More to follow.

Police appeal for witnesses after Castle Douglas fire

This photo was taken from the scene. Credit: Police Scotland

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fire in Castle Douglas in the early hours of the morning.

Emergency services were called to reports of a fire at a house on Abercromby Road, at around 12:15am.

The property, which is currently unoccupied, has suffered considerable damaged as a result, but no one was injured.

A joint investigation between Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue is underway to try to establish the cause of the fire.

Thankfully no one was injured in the incident, however, the fire has caused considerable damage to the property and I would ask anyone with information to contact me or my colleagues by dialling 101.

– Sergeant Robertson from Castle Douglas


Clydesdale Bank: will my branch close? and where is my nearest one?

The Castle Douglas branch of Clydesdale Bank is set to close its doors for good Credit: PA

Scores of jobs are set to go in the region after Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank announced it is to close 79 branches nationwide.

The Unite union said more than 400 jobs would go and labelled the decision "deeply devastating" to the employees.

The closures amount to a third of the bank's branches and is the largest-ever closure plan by the company which will radically change the face of the bank, according to Unite.

Yorkshire Bank will close 39 branches and Clydesdale 40.

The company said the number of customers using their bank for day-to-day transactions across the industry had fallen by a third since 2011, while there had been a "sharp and sustained increase in digital and mobile engagement".

Where will the axe fall in our region - and how far to the nearest branch?

Castle Douglas

  • Closure date : 25th April 2017
  • Nearest Branch : Dumfries
  • Distance to nearest Branch : 18 miles

Castle Douglas residents plea for flood barrier

A group of residents in Castle Douglas are hoping to persuade Dumfries and Galloway Council to help protect them against future flooding.

They want to install what they say will be 'Britain's smallest flood prevention scheme'. They're proposing a five-metre wide, by two-metre high, concrete barrier, situated beneath the A75.

The town was hit by last December's floods as they tore through the Border region.

Castle Douglas driver celebrates championship win

Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong has won his second Scottish Rally Championship, after winning his home rally on Saturday.

He had been in a tight battle with Duns driver Garry Pearson all year, but mechanical failure ended his title hopes.

Lori Carnochan has been catching up with the champion.

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