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Diesel spillage after crash closes main road

Diesel spillage on A711 Dumfries to Dalbeattie road Credit: Bob Geddes

A main road in Dumfries and Galloway has been shut after more than 200 gallons of diesel spilled on to the route following a crash.

The A711 Dumfries to Dalbeattie had to be closed when the fuel tank of an articulated lorry was punctured in a crash with a car about three miles from Dalbeattie, near Kirkgunzeon Village. No one was injured in the collision.

Emergency services were alerted as the diesel flooded on to the road.

Firefighters from Dalbeattie attended and roads staff had to be brought in to clear the diesel and prevent pollution to nearby farmland.

Diversions were set up on both sides of the accident scene with traffic diverted at Dalbeattie and Beeswing.

A police spokesman said: "The fuel tank of an HGV has been ruptured in the accident and the road is impassible until the cleanup is completed.

"A clean-up operation is underway."

Car that was in collision with a lorry on the A711 Credit: Bob Geddes

Cyclist killed in collision on Carlisle bypass

Emergency services at the Rockcliffe roundabout

A cyclist has died following a collision on the A689 at the Rockcliffe roundabout in Carlisle.

Officers were called to the incident involving the cyclist and a car between Burgh Road and Kingmoor Road shortly after 10am on 29 March.

Police have identified the man as 71-year-old Michael Seminara from Wetheral.

The road was closed for 5 hours while an investigation was carried out.

His family have issued the following tribute:

Mike was a keen cyclist and had recently completed the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain as well as the UK coast to coast route.

Mike had been out riding with friends on a regular outing.

After working in Carlisle’s Metal Box for 30 years and training many of the company’s apprentices, Mike then worked in Jordan and Malaysia before returning to Wetheral to retire.

Mike leaves a wife, three children and seven grandchildren, a brother and four sisters.”

– Michael Seminara's family


Extra police in wake of terror attack

Extra police are out on the streets and at railway stations across the Border region after yesterday's terror attack on a Tube train in West London.

Civil Nuclear Police at Sellafield are also on extra alert after the threat level across the UK was raised to 'critical'.

Armed officers will be on patrol at one of today's biggest events, the Cumbria Pride Festival in Carlisle.

Police Scotland's Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins says his force will also be deploying armed police at key locations and in crowded areas north of the border.

"With the threat level now at Critical, Police Scotland will be increasing our operations to protect the people of Scotland, our businesses and public places.

This will include increasing the number of armed police on patrol across the country. The public should expect to see armed officers on foot patrol at key locations and crowded places across the country.

Please do not be alarmed by the presence of these armed officers. These measures are being taken to increase security at these sites, and to reassure residents, businesses, workers and visitors so they can go about their daily lives as normally as possible.

Along with event organisers, we will also be reviewing all significant events taking place over the next few days and will increase the security footprint around those events where it is deemed appropriate.

We have well-rehearsed plans to respond to major incidents and we will be continuing to work with our partners to address the current heightened threat.

However, there is no intelligence to suggest there is any specific threat to Scotland but I would ask the public to remain alert and report anything suspicious.

Terrorists want to create discord, distrust and fear. The police stand together with all communities in the UK and we will take action against any criminal behaviour, which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate. Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship we have between the public and the police."

– Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins, Police Scotland

Carlisle police searching for missing woman

Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are searching for a missing woman from Carlisle who was last seen on Thursday.

Eileen Moorhead, 50, is described as white and around 5ft 5ins tall.

She may be driving a black Mini Cooper, registration LY51 PFA.

Officers are concerned for Eileen's welfare and are urging anyone who sees her or who has information on where she could be to call Cumbria Constabulary on 101.

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