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Dumfries 3G football pitch works begin

3G works
Image caption Council leader Ivor Hyslop said work getting under way was a "significant step forward"

Work is under way on a third generation (3G) football pitch in Dumfries partly paid for by cash seized from criminals.

The first patches of grass have been lifted from the site at Dumfries High School.

Dumfries and Galloway Council was awarded a Cashback for Football grant for three pitches in the region - the others in Annan and Stranraer.

Council leader Ivor Hyslop said it would "enable players young and old to practice a range of sports".

"It will also provide greatly improved opportunities for young people to participate in sport," he said.

"This sod cutting is a significant step forward.

"There is a lot of enthusiasm for the new 3G pitch in Nithsdale so I am encouraged that today marks the start of works on the site."

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