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Public consulted on future of Police Scotland

People across Scotland are being invited to contribute their views on the futre direction of the police force.

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Men arrested following Gala thefts

Police in the Borders can confirm that two 18-year-old men have been arrested and charged following a spate of recent thefts from vehicles in the Galashiels area.

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Jedburgh Sheriff Court sign.

£250k win goes up in smoke

A Lottery winner from Hawick has been rapped by a sheriff over his attitude regarding illegal drugs.

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Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Jedburgh Justice of the Peace Court.

Shop assistant foiled drug-fuelled raider

A Hawick woman who tried to rob a grocery with a golf club and knife was jailed for 17 months at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

Natasha Murray, 26, was said to be under the influence of drugs when she burst into Kat’s Corner Shop in Hawick and demanded money from assistant Patricia Yule. She brandished a knife at the female employee and swung a golf club at her during the robbery bid.

The court was told that the Ms Yule managed to get hold of the club and was involved in a struggle with Murray before a member of the public heard her shout for help and the accused ran off.

Murray, of Howegate, Hawick, pleaded guilty to assault and attempting to rob the shop in Myreslaw Green on July 7 and received a 400-day jail sentence. She was handed another 120 days’ prison for spitting on a Tesco employee, stealing £94 worth of cosmetics from the Galashiels store in September and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said Murray’s grandmother suspected she was under the influence of something on the day of the offence and she left the house after being given a row by her grandfather.

She was spotted at around 1.20pm in an agitated state and with her hood up which was unusual for July.

Mr Fraser said: “At 1.30pm she entered the shop and demanded £20 from a 26-year-old employee.

“She saw that the accused was holding a knife and a golf club and tried to engage her in conversation before bravely grabbing hold of the golf club and a struggle ensued. A member of the public heard her shout, ‘She is trying to take something’, and the accused ran off.

“Ms Yule was clearly upset and left holding the knife and the golf club.”

Police recognised Murray from CCTV footage and called at her home where they found her hiding in a rolled-up carpet in the living room.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme said: “She has little recollection of what happened. There is precious little that can be said in mitigation.

“Her grandmother said she had never seen her in such a state.”

Sheriff Peter Paterson described the grocery store incident as “shocking” and said there was no alternative to a custodial sentence.

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Emergency services were called to the incident on Tuesday evening.

Police appeal for witnesses following fire

Police are appealing for witnesses after a barn near Earlston was set on fire on Tuesday, February 21.

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Kelso North Parish Church.

Witnesses to church break-in sought

Borders police are appealing for witnesses after a break-in to a church in Kelso, during which cash, postage stamps and a fundraising jar containing more than 700 pennies were taken.

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Gala Park Post Office and newsagent's in Balmoral Place, Galashiels.

Galashiels man appears in court charged with post office robbery

A Galashiels man made a private court appearance on Friday, February 17, in connection with a post office robbery.

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The penalty for this sort of driving offence just got much steeper.

Mobile phone driving penalty has been doubled

From March 1 anyone caught using a mobile phone (or internet device) at the wheel faces a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence.

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Borderers warned of phone scam

Borderers warned of phone scam

Borders police are warning residents about a phone scam which caught out a Kelso pensioner last week.

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Gala Park Post Office and newsagent's in Balmoral Place, Galashiels.

Man charged over Galashiels post office robbery

Police have arrested and charged a 24-year-old man following a serious assault and two robberies in Galashiels.

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Gala Park Post Office and newsagent's in Balmoral Place, Galashiels.

Galashiels post office robbery victim tells of shock at attack that left him hospitalised

The victim of an armed robbery in Galashiels has told of his shock at being attacked during a raid on his business yesterday.

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Gala Park Post Office and newsagent's in Balmoral Place, Galashiels.

Worker injured in Galashiels post office robbery

A shop worker was left requiring hospital treatment for injuries inflicted on him during a robbery at a Galashiels post office and newsagent’s yesterday.

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The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has said that 1530 people from Scotland contacted its Stop it Now! website last year.

Scottish paedophiles visiting website to help them change

Potential Scottish paedophiles tempted to look at indecent images of children online have been visiting a special website to help them change their behaviour.

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Galashiels Academy, Galashiels.

Parents get the letter of the law in Galashiels

Borders police are sending letters to the parents of all schoolchildren in Galashiels in a bid to raise awareness of increased levels of youth antisocial behaviour in the town.

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Sheriff Peter Paterson.

Borders girl already an alcoholic at age of 16, court told

A sheriff has admitted being left speechless after being told a 16-year-old girl involved in a drunken disturbance in Galashiels is already an alcoholic despite still being a child.

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Tweedbank train station, the end of the line for the Borders Railway line

Brawl leads to Borders-bound train being stopped

A train from Edinburgh to Tweedbank had to be stopped after a fight broke out between travellers on Saturday night, February 4.

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Sex attacker William Wilkinson.

Selkirk pensioner jailed for sex attacks on young girls

A pensioner was jailed for eight years yesterday after being convicted of repeated sex attacks on two young girls, one of them described as vulnerable, in the Borders in the 1990s.

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Netflix users have been contacted recently by email scammers.

Warning over Netflix scam

Netflix users are being urged to watch out for online scammers who are targeting users’ login and bank account details.

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Floral tributes on Swinton village green following the death of three spectators during the Jim Clark Rally

Event’s future looks bleak after MSA blow

There will be no Jim Clark Memorial Rally in 2017 and the very future of the popular motorsport event is now in serious jeopardy.

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Tweedbank pensioner reported missing

Tweedbank pensioner reported missing

Police are appealing for witnesses to trace an 87-year-old man who has been reported as missing in Tweedbank.

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