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Woman flown to hospital after three vehicle collision in Dumfries

A woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a three vehicle crash on the A701 in Dumfries.

It happened at 4pm on October 29 on the turn off for Ae Village. The crash involved a white Ford Transit van being driven by a 50-year-old man from Dumfries, a silver coloured Peugeot 206 car being driven by a 49-year-old woman from Ae Village and a white Renault Master van driven by a 39-year-old man from Motherwell.

The road at the scene was completely blocked by the vehicles. The female driver of the Peugeot car was removed from her vehicle by the Fire and Rescue Service and was flown by Helimed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

The male driver of the Ford Transit was also taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary as a precaution. A full investigation has been carried out.

Constable Paul Watson of the Roads Policing Unit said: "The road at the scene was closed until the early hours of Tuesday 30 October in order to carry out a full collision investigation and to clear the vehicles from the road. We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this collision to call us at Dumfries using the 101 number, and quoting the reference number 2658 of 29/10."

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Traffic warning ahead of Guid Nychburris

Guid Nychburris. Credit: ITV Border

Traffic restrictions will be in force in Dumfries this Saturday, 16 June, for the annual Guid Nychburris parade.

Police say all town centre roads will be closed from 4:30pm, ahead of the start of the parade at 5pm.

The closures will remain in place until around 8pm, and the A75 Dumfries bypass is expected to be busier as a result.

The festival began in 1932. It includes the crowning of the Queen of the South, and culminates in the Riding of the Marches on the third Saturday of June.

Community to take ownership of Dumfries High Street

Midsteeple Quarter Community Society to save High Street Credit: ITV BORDER

People who live and work around Dumfries were today invited to join the Midsteeple Quarter Community Society and change the future of the town centre.

Started by the Stove Network the Midsteeple Quarter focuses on the idea of the community buying back its High Street.

The membership is free and members will have a say in future projects for the town.

"The Midsteeple Quarter Project is a means by which local people can once more create a town centre that brings opportunity and prosperity for everyone in our community. It is a Community Benefit Society that everyone can join - it is like an old fashioned 'building society'; something that we all own and have an equal say in directing."

– Kevin Reid, Creative Producer for the Midsteeple Quarter Project

The Midsteeple Quarter Project aims to take ownership of a group of disused buildings on Dumfries High Street.

They will refurbish them and steward them for the community as affordable enterprise space at street level and rent out good quality flats on the floors above.

Their plans are to start by re-developing the former Bakers Oven premises on Queensberry Square - subject to an Asset Transfer from the Council.

A day to invite the community of Dumfries to help save the High Street Credit: ITV Border

Two men seriously injured after 'incident' in Carrutherstown

Carrutherstown, Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

Two men are in hospital with serious injuries following an 'incident' in Carrutherstown, Dumfries.

Officers were called at 6.03am to reports of the casualties, who have been taken to Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Police have cordoned off the village while they follow a 'positive line of inquiry'.

No further details have been given. Updates to follow.

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Christmas lights switch on in Dumfries

This year's Dumfries Christmas lights Big Switch On took place in the town centre over the weekend.

You can watch the finale of fireworks shooting off above the town in our video of highlights from the event:

Crews tackling major fire in Dumfries

Remains of Little Italy today Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters are tackling a major fire at a restaurant in Dumfries.

Emergency services were called at 2.30am to reports of a building on fire on Moffat Road. 30 firefighters went to the scene and 3 fire engines are still in attendance.

Location of the fire Credit: ITV Border

In a facebook post, the Little Italy restaurant have said their premises 'burnt to the ground' this morning. They said they're heartbroken but grateful nobody was hurt.

"Sitting here in tears telling you all that little Italy burned to the ground in the early hours. thankfully no one was hurt, watching it burn while we stood helpless was hart braking me Nicky and all the little team would like to thank every single customer for there support and custom . Please bare with us and we will keep all informed."

Fire crews at the scene this morning Credit: ITV Border

Police are still at the scene and say a police and fire service investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out in due course.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident number 20170830-0213

Little Italy has won a string of awards including Best Newcomer in the 2013 Scottish Italian Awards and was named Best Restaurant the following year. Last year's Entertainment Awards ranked is as one of the top restaurants in Scotland.

The owner Robert Macaleese also runs Sotto, in Warwick Road, Carlisle=

Fire crews called at 2:30am Credit: ITV Border
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