Kelso charity horse jump is destroyed by fire

Kirsty Brewis and Mr Monkey Puzzle tackle The Snail
Kirsty Brewis and Mr Monkey Puzzle tackle The Snail

Borders Police are appealing for witnesses following a suspicious fire in Kelso.

The incident happened around 7.45pm on Tuesday, August 2, within Hendersyde Park.

A wooden horse jump due to be used for a charity event this coming weekend, was set alight and completely destroyed.

Officers are conducting local inquiries to trace those responsible and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

Constable Gavin Liddle from Kelso Police Station said: “The horse jump was due to be utilised during the upcoming Hendersyde Park Horse Trials, an event which takes place annually, and raises thousands of pounds for local charities.

“Organisers have been left deeply frustrated and disappointed as a result of this reckless act of destruction and we are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in the park on Tuesday evening.

“In addition, anyone with any further information that can assist with our inquiries is also asked to contact police immediately.”

The Agnew family open their home once a year to host the trials, which over the past 12 years have raised over £49,000 for local causes.

This year, the money raised at the trials is being donated to the Borders Children’s Charity.

Those with any information about the fire can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.