Borders courts will close

Courts at Peebles and Duns will be closed in January 2015 after MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s justice committee voted to approve the closures.

John Lamont MSP, who is currently sitting on the committee, tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: “Proud to have voted in the @ScotParl to save local courts today. Unfortunately @theSNP MSPs vote to cut local services in the #borders again.”

Jim Hume also condemned those who voted to close the courts.

In just one week, the MSP gathered over 400 signatures on his petition against the SNP closures.

Mr Hume said: “Today was the last chance to save Peebles and Duns courts, but SNP members on the committee have ignored the massive public opposition to these fundamental changes to our justice system.”

Local SNP member Christine Grahame chairs the justice committee.

For full story and reaction see this week’s Southern Reporter.