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Galashiels post office robber jailed for four years

A masked robber jailed for four years today was caught because of the distinctive pair of pink trainers he wore during a violent raid on a Borders post office.

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Wonderful woodland winners honoured

Wonderful woodland winners honoured

Wonderful woodlands and fabulous forests from all across Scotland have been recognised in an annual awards ceremony.

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Record breaking year for Royal Highland Show

Record breaking year for Royal Highland Show

A record breaking 190,000 visitors flocked to the Royal Highland Show over the last four days (22-25 June) demonstrating once again the strength and enduring appeal of Scotland’s iconic celebration of farming, food and rural life.

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The Scottish Parliament's debating chamber.

Safety of Scotland’s high rise homes to be examined

The safety of Scotland’s high rise tower blocks will be examined by a Holyrood Committee, following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

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Newcastleton Primary School.

Concerns voiced over dentist’s van

A mobile dental unit will continue to provide services for children in Newcastleton despite residents’ concerns over the ageing van.

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Teviotdale Leisure Centre in Hawick.

Flume could be reopened

The reopening of the flume at Teviotdale Leisure Centre looks to be going swimmingly as plans could be drawn up to do so by the end of the summer.

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Michael Moore, left, receives the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotarian Herbert Chatters

For Michael’s a jolly good Rotary Fellow

For his part in championing Rotary’s national Champions of Change awards night, former Borders MP Michael Moore has himself been honoured.

Michael, when he was Secretary of State for Scotland, took up the cudgels with Midlem Rotarian Herbert Chatters to bring about the first Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Awards night four years ago when the honours were handed out at the Scotland Office in London by then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Since that time the annual event has grown in stature, having been hosted at the House of Lords. Awardees have been unsung heroes from all over the country, including one from Duns and several from other parts of the south of Scotland.

This year’s event saw a clash of dates with the Borders Book Festival launch of which Michael is the newly-appointed chairman, which meant he was unable to receive his prestigious award in person. Standing in for him was his friend and former parliamentary colleague, Lord Menzies Campbell, who said he was delighted to receive the Paul Harris Fellow Award – one which is made to Rotarians and others who have done outstanding work for and on behalf of Rotary International.

It was then handed over to event organiser Herbert, pictured right, who brought it back to the Borders to present to Michael, taking time out from his busy schedule to receive it on a visit to Midlem.

Michael commented: “My part was miniscule compared to the magnitude of the energy and initiative shown by the Rotary Champions.”

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The trailer with its blown tyre and pile of poo behind.

Piles of poo left after Galashiels blowout

The centre of Galashiels was covered in poo this afternoon, after a tractor trailer tyre blew out.

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Flex Farm, near Hawick.

Railway return hopes lead to phone mast site near Hawick being shifted

The position of a proposed mobile phone mast has been moved to stop it hindering a possible future extension of the Borders Railway to Hawick, a council boss has revealed.

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Borders MP John Lamont making his maiden speech in the House of Commons during a debate on June 2017's Queen's Speech.

Longer railway would be just the job, new Borders MP tells Westminster

New Borders MP John Lamont used his maiden speech at Westminster to call for the Borders Railway to join him south of the border.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson near Renwick Terrace.

Speeding cars putting children’s lives in danger, say Hawick residents

Speeding traffic is putting the lives of children at risk near a popular Hawick playpark, a town councillor fears.

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Police incident at Ettrickbridge

Police incident at Ettrickbridge

Police are appealing for information about an incident that took place at Ettrickbridge which left a man in hospital.

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Photos of the sea sought for charity competition

Photos of the sea sought for charity competition

National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, is once again calling on photographers to submit images celebrating Britain’s proud maritime heritage, for its annual competition searching for the UK’s ultimate sea view.

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Livestock worrying crimes reduce during co-ordinated campaign

Livestock worrying crimes reduce during co-ordinated campaign

A Police Scotland co-ordinated rural crime campaign has seen livestock worrying drop by nearly 40 per cent during the spring lambing season, compared to last year.

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Scottish car insurance bills soar by 16.6% in a year

Scottish car insurance bills soar by 16.6% in a year

Drivers are facing accelerating increases in car insurance taking average premiums to £666 as Government compensation rules come into effect, new research1 from insurance research experts Consumer Intelligence shows.

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Dr Natalie Coull with the training tool

Cybercrime game helps train 100 officers

An innovative game co-developed by Abertay University to train police in handling digital evidence has been live tested by almost 100 officers.

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Working families in Scotland should spend more quality time outdoors

Working families in Scotland should spend more quality time outdoors

A major charity initiative is urging families across Scotland to get active outside to protect their wellbeing.

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Robert and Lesley Mitchell, along with son Stuart, farm at Whitriggs near Denholm.

Denholm farm at forefront of efficiency drive

A Denholm farm will be at the heart of moves to improve livestock performance and reduce costs across the Borders next week.

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NFU Scotland's Presidential team launch the discussion document at the Highland Show. Left to right are Martin Kennedy, Andrew McCornick and Gary Mitchell.

Preparing Scotland’s farmers for change

NFU Scotland has used Scotland’s premier agricultural event to put a vision for Scottish agriculture at the heart of Brexit negotiations.

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Housing minister Kevin Stewart.

£44m pledge will help pay for 1,200 affordable homes in Borders

The Scottish Government’s announcement of almost £44m funding for affordable housing in the Borders over the next three years has been welcomed by council chiefs.

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