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South Scotland zoo set to close

The Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park near Kirkcudbright will shut on Sunday 10 September Credit: ITV Border

A south of Scotland zoo that's home to nearly 100 animals from all over the world is closing.

The Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park near Kirkcudbright will shut on Sunday 10 September after more than 15 years. The owners said it was closing for personal reasons. Some of the animals are being re-homed and others will remain on the park site.

Environment Agency warn of potential flooding

Communities in Cumbria are being warned to be prepared for the risk of flooding on Tuesday and Wednesday due to a new storm from the west.

The Environment Agency say high spring tides combined with high winds could cause a flood risk along north west coasts and heavy rainfall could also bring a risk of river flooding.

Rivers and areas already affected by record river levels throughout the wettest December on record, including Cumbria, are likely to be at risk, with the potential for very heavy rainfall inundating drains and making river levels rise.

Residents are being urged to check their flood risk, be prepared for flooding and be cautious if travelling, particularly on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Heavy rainfall brings the risk of flooding on Tuesday and Wednesday across the south west, Midlands, Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire, with the potential for high waves along south west and north west coasts.

Our teams have worked around the clock over the past few months, first responding to the recent floods and then helping support communities with recovery, and we will continue to do so with more heavy rainfall on the way.

Our thoughts are with all those who have suffered serious flooding over the past few months, and it is once again vital that people prepare for heavy rainfall and the risk of further flooding.

We will issue flood warnings and alerts where necessary as rivers respond to the rainfall, which could also inundate drains, so people need to be ready for flash flooding in some places.

We urge people to check their flood risk, prepare for flooding, follow the advice from emergency services and never risk driving through flood water.

– Chris Wilding, National Flood Duty Manager, Environment Agency


'Independence will reduce the flow of trade'

The Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran has been in Dumfries and Galloway today to launch a paper that claims independence will reduce the flow of trade between Scotland and the rest of the UK by more than 80 percent.

The 'Yes Scotland' campaign says that the paper is irrelevant as it draws on out-of-date data from Canada and the USA.

Margaret Curran toured a factory in Lockerbie to highlight the so-called border effect earlier today, as Jenny Longden reports.

Claims of 'Border effect' by Shadow Scottish Secretary

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran tours a Lockerbie factory Credit: ITV News Border

Independence will create a 'border effect', reducing the flow of trade between Scotland and the rest of the UK, according to a new report by Scottish Labour.

The briefing paper claims trade will be 83% lower after 30 years in the event of independence.

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran highlighted the so-called 'border effect' during a trip to a Lockerbie factory this afternoon, Thursday 17 July.

The Yes campaign claim the paper is based on out-of-date data that is irrelevant to Scotland.

Shadow Scottish secretary to visit southern Scotland

Margaret Curran, shadow Scottish secretary, is visiting southern Scotland

The shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran is visiting Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders today.

With just weeks to go until the independence referendum, the Labour MP will be speaking about the potential effect that having a more formalised border could have on international trade.

The SNP are arguing any negative assertions are based on what they describe as "inaccurate data".


Inquiry launched into issues affecting southern Scotland

An inquiry into the issues affecting people in the south of Scotland is underway.

The investigation, 'Our Borderlands - Our Future' is being held by the Scottish Affairs Select Committee.

It aims to address two central questions:

  • Are current structures working as effectively as they could to benefit the people in the south of Scotland
  • How can the UK and Scottish Governments work together with Local Authorities to deliver appropriate and effective policies to support economic development and growth in the south of Scotland?

People can respond to the inquiry online and address the differing points relating to EU structural funds, unemployment, economic development and enterprise, among others.

The inquiry has been welcomed by one local MP, Michael Moore:

“I am glad to see that the inquiry is looking into issues such as unemployment, economic development and the need for a new enterprise body for the region.

“I want to encourage Borders businesses and local people to take part in this inquiry and make their views known so that we can raise awareness of the obstacles that are holding our region back and begin to tackle them.”


Armed Forces Day

Military organisations are celebrating Armed Forces Day.

It focuses on those who are currently serving, by raising awareness and showing support for the contribution they and their families make.

There are events today (Saturday 28th June) in Carlisle, Workington, Cockermouth and Stranraer.

  • Cockermouth:11.00 to 14.00 at Victori Hall, High Sand Lane
  • Workington: 10.45am to midnight at the Royal British Legion Club, St John's Court
  • Carlisle: 10.00 to 16.00 on the pedestrianised area
  • Stranraer: 12.00 to 22.00 at Agnew Park
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