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Three rare red kites have been found dead close to Loch Ken. It is believed the birds were poisoned. The birds of prey were all from a group of 24 that were released into the wilds of Galloway last year. Red Kites are a protected species and there are only 50 breeding pairs in Scotland. Kevin Duffy, the RSPB’s red kite protection officer, explained that red kites are often poisoned. He said: “Every other year we find several kites have been poisoned but it is very difficult to prove.”

Newton Stewart rugby players defeated their arch rivals Wigtownshire 13-0 at the weekend. Five hundred eager people flocked to Bladnoch Park to watch the battle of the Titans with Captain Courageous Murray Plunkett scoring the only try of the match.