Two men charged in connection with Kelso raid

Police incident at The Original Factory Shop in Kelso this morning.
Police incident at The Original Factory Shop in Kelso this morning.

A Newtown St Boswells man has made a private court appearance in connection with a Kelso robbery during which shop workers were assaulted.

James Stewart Irvine faces three counts of assault and robbery involving different women and also possession of a prohibited weapon following the raid on the Original Factory Shop in the town’s Bowmont Street on Monday morning.

The 53-year-old of Eildon Terrace, made no plea when he appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court yesterday and the case was continued for further examination.

Irvine was remanded in custody by Sheriff Peter Paterson and is expected to appear next at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday, October 15.

Another man, aged 36 – currently in hospital – has also been charged in connection with the same incident and will appear in court later. Police Scotland say its officers are still carrying out enquiries to trace a third man who is said to have been involved in the incident.

Shop worker Jacqui Young, 31, who is pregnant, and 34-year-old manager Alex McMurray were treated by paramedics following the raid at the Original Factory Shop.

One of them was taken to Borders General Hospital for a precautionary check-up before being released. Police said the women had been assaulted by an “electrical implement.”

A rust-coloured Toyota Celica, which was allegedly used in the raid, was later found in Sainsbury’s car park in Kelso following the robbery.

Chief Inspector Andy McLean of Police Scotland said it had been a shocking and distressing incident for those involved.

And he added: “Thankfully incidents like this are rare in the Borders and I want to thank the public for their continued support during our investigation.”