Herkes role recalled

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Stow postmaster who helped capture child killer Robert Black, writes Kenny Paterson.

David Herkes died last month at the age of 75. He spotted Black as he snatched a six-year-old girl in Stow in 1990, culminating in his conviction for four murders, kidnap, sexual abuse and attempted abduction.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, a Stow resident, told Galashiels Community Council: “Mr Herkes acted very swiftly, leading to Black’s arrest.

“We don’t know how many young lives were saved by Mr Herkes’ actions.”