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Two boys charged over vandal attack on Hawick war memorial

Two boys have been charged over a vandal attack on a Borders war memorial.

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The girl was sitting under this bridge when she was hit by a stone

Teenage girl hurt by stone hurled from Hawick bridge at 4.30am on Sunday

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old girl was injured, struck by an object thrown from a Hawick bridge.

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Wooplaw cabin burnt down

Wooplaw cabin burnt down

Police are appealing for information after a log cabin was burnt down in a community woodland near Galashiels this week.

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Police search for missing Peebles man

Police search for missing Peebles man

Borders police are appealing for information on a Peebles man who went missing yesterday afternoon (Thursday, October 19).

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Borders MP John Lamont.

Borders MP welcomes proposed tougher sentences for killer drivers

Borders MP John Lamont has welcomed the tougher sentences for killer drivers announced by the UK Government this week.

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Jedburgh Sheriff Court

Knife brandished during Kelso takeaway row

A fast-food takeaway manager who brandished a knife during an argument with a customer was this week fined £400.

Turgut Batkitar, 35, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Ozkan’s in Roxburgh Street, Kelso, on the evening of August 27.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court, pictured, heard there had been a problem with an order which had been placed on the internet, and when the female customer went into the shop to check the order, there was no food ready.

She contacted her partner who said she should cancel the order and get her money back, but the staff said they were unable to give a refund as the order had been placed online.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said the partner went into the shop to complain and there were raised voices on both sides. He explained how Batkitar picked up a knife lying on the grill and demanded that the man left the shop.

Mr Fraser added: “It is accepted he did not intend to use the knife, but it was an inappropriate use of it to get the customer to leave.

“The incident was caught on CCTV which he provided himself.”

Mat Patrick, defending, said Batkitar was busy and under pressure at the time of the offence, adding: “Both parties were annoyed. Clearly he has lost his temper and picked up the closest thing to him.”

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No-one should be bought or sold, says justice minister Michael Matheson.

Human trafficking is closer to home than you think

Their stories begin with hope and trust. Their stories begin with believing people who said they could help them find their way to a better life.

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Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam.

Authority vows to keep better eye on bullying

Scottish Borders Council has pledged to review how it records reports of bullying in its school after doubts were voiced about the effectiveness of the current system.

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Hawick councillor Stuart Marshall in the Wellfield area of Hawick where there's a dog fouling problem.

Dog fouling policies a shambles, council told

Enforcement of dog fouling rules in the region has been labelled a shambles since a pilot scheme came to an end earlier this year.

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The vandalised window was boarded up by a pool user

Galashiels swimming pool update: Members thanked for ‘overwhelming’ support

Following the vandal attack on Galashiels Swimming Pool last week, staff are pulling out all the stops to get the facility up and running as soon as possible.

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Beware phonecall from fake taxman

Beware phonecall from fake taxman

Borderers are being warned about a phone scam in which the caller claims to be from the Inland Revenue.

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Crimestoppers wants people to speak up about hate crime.

Scots urged to report hate crime

Crimestoppers is urging people to report incidents of hate crime across Scotland.

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The window to the rear of Galashiels Swimming Pool has been vandalised.

Swimming pool shut due to vandal attack

Galashiels Swimming Pool has been closed until further notice due to vandal attack on today.

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IAM RoadSmart recommends  a drink-drive rehabilitation course should be made compulsory for those convicted of drink-driving, as opposed to it being voluntary.

Road safety charity call to reduce deaths caused by drink-driving

The UK’s biggest road safety charity is calling for a compulsory rehabilitation course as well as visible policing and a cut to the drink-drive limit to reduce the number of deaths on the roads.

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Hawick's High Street.

Witness appeal as Hawick High Street break-ins continue

Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in at a Hawick business this week.

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Hawick councillor Stuart Marshall at the Wilton Lodge Park war memorial this week.

Police appealing for help to catch Hawick war memorial vandals

Outrage has been expressed by police and councillors after vandals set alight a wreath dedicated to Hawick’s war dead in the town’s Wilton Lodge Park.

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Border Meringues in Jedburgh.

Thieves take off with cash in cafe raid

A Jedburgh businessman has vowed to carry on despite being left furious after burglars targeted his premises for the fifth time in the space of six years this week.

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Trinity Street in Hawick.

Needles found in close spark concern

Calls have been made for a greater police presence at drug hotspots across the town after Scottish Borders Council was called to remove 12 syringes from a close at Trinity Street.

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Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Borders huntsmen abandon appeal against landmark convictions

The first huntsmen to be convicted under Scotland’s fox-hunting laws in the 15 years they have been in force have abandoned plans to appeal.

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Appeal to trace owners of stolen property

Appeal to trace owners of stolen property

Police in the Borders have detained two men in connection with thefts from vehicles in the Kelso area.

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