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Whisky stolen from Blacksmiths Centre at Gretna Green

Can you help police catch whisky thief? Credit: Police Scotland

Bottles of whisky were stolen during a break-in at the Blacksmiths Centre in Gretna Green.

They were taken from the Hamper and Home Store at around 5am yesterday.

An alarm was activated, but the thief still managed to make off with whisky worth £200.

Constable Andrew Aitken at Gretna said: "We want to hear from anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the the Blacksmith Centre around this time.

“We will be reviewing CCTV and carrying out door to door enquires however anyone with information about this crime should get in touch with us on the 101 number."


Quintinshill rail disaster tree vandalised

The tree was planted in memory of the Quintinshill rail disaster Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland report that a commemorative tree planted in May this year by HRH Princess Anne at Gretna Green has been cut down sometime overnight Friday 21 August.

The pear tree was planted to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Quintinshill rail disaster.

Constable Andy Aitken of Police Scotland at Gretna said:

it beggars belief that someone has carried out such a wanton act of vandalism.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of The Green at Gretna Green to get in touch through 101 if they can help."

– Andy Aitken, Police Scotland

Police Constable Ewan Fraser says the police are appealing for information form the public.

Calls for regeneration of Gretna Green

Dumfries and Galloway Council will discuss proposals to upgrade the tourist attraction today Credit: ITV News Border

Proposals to regenerate Gretna Green are up for discussion today, as Dumfries and Galloway council are recommended to pass a series of measures to revitalise the area.

It follows concerns that the world renowned tourist site would attract more visitors, if it was made more attractive itself.

Floods, delays and even a broken arm: no match for Valentines love

Preparations are underway in time for the wedding this afternoon Credit: ITV News Border

A couple due to get married at Gretna Green today, on Valentine's Day, have overcome setback after setback to arrive in Dumfries and Galloway in time for their big day.Jo King and Chris Watts from Buckingham faced train delays due to flooding in the South of England.

Chris Watts and Jo King have finally reached Gretna in time for their wedding Credit: ITV News Border

They then missed a connecting train to Gretna, and had to get a taxi to their hotel in time to pick up their marriage paperwork.Bride-to-be Jo fractured her elbow whilst out walking her dog last week, and is now wearing a sling.

Chris and Jo will get married later this afternoon Credit: ITV News Border

It all began last Valentine's Day when the couple got engaged, but they were both so ill they couldn't even make it out for dinner together.

Jo says "Last Wednesday, I just thought it wasn't going to happen. But Chris was adamant that we were going to be in Gretna Green on Valentine's Day for our wedding, and said he would drive all night if he had to! I have a special bling sling for my arm to make it blend in a bit more!"


Couple finally make it to Gretna Green

Chris and Jo have finally made it to Gretna Green Credit: ITV News Border

A couple have finally made it to Gretna Green after days of bad luck.

Chris Watts and wife-to-be Jo have been trying to get to Gretna from Buckingham so they could get married today, Valentine's Day.

But, they've been hindered by bad-luck along the way. Jo broke her arm two days ago and they've been struggling with flooding at home and the consequences of the bad weather whilst trying to travel north for their big day.

They've managed it, with a bit of help from good samaritans along the way.

Top tourist rating for Famous Blacksmiths Shop

It is the most popular wedding destination in the UK and it is about to celebrate its 300th anniversary.

Now the Famous Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna Green has also joined one of Scotland's most exclusive clubs.

The centre has been awarded official Five Star Visitor Attraction Status by VisitScotland.

It joins other notable members such as the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith and the Glasgow Science Museum.

Andy Burn reports:

Blacksmiths shop joins exclusive club

The Famous Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna Green has joined one of Scotland's most exclusive clubs.

The UK's most popular wedding destination has been awarded a five star visitor attraction status putting it alongside other notable venues such as the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Glasgow Science Museum.

VisitScotland, who today handed over a plaque to commemorate the award, say only ten percent of visitor attractions reach the prestigious five stars.

Paula McDonald is the Regional Director for VisitScotland:

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