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Peebles pupils celebrating exam success

The anxious wait is now over for thousands of pupils in the south of Scotland.

Those who took Higher and National Four and Five exams before the end of term found out their results this morning.

It's the first time pupils have sat a new version of the Highers exam, and a record number of Highers have been awarded.

Pupils at Peebles High School were amongst those celebrating:

I'm very pleased I got two As a B and a C.

I can do my advanced highers that I chose to do and I'm looking forward to it.

I want to go to university and study media and communications, hopefully go on to do radio when I'm older."

– Leia Devlin, Peebles High School

Missing man 'could have visited Lake District'

Stephen Knight. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police searching for a missing man from Upholland say he could have visited the Lake District.

Stephen Knight, 40, was last seen at around 4:15am on Friday 24 July after finishing a night shift at work.

He is believed to have returned home on Daybrook, Upholland, but has not been seen or made contact with friends or family.

Officers think he could have been in Lancaster the day after he went missing, and could also have visited the Lake District.

He is pictured above, and is described as white, 6ft 3in tall, with a stocky build, receding hair and a moustache.

He may be wearing jeans, a black shirt and black jacket, and he is believed to have his two dogs with him, a Rottweiler and a German Shepherd.

We are getting increasingly concerned about Stephen as he has not been seen for quite some time now. I would urge anyone who has seen him or has any information about where he might be to contact us as soon as possible.”

– Insp Paul McLernon of Lancashire Police

You can contact Lancashire Police on 101, quoting log 952 of 3rd August.

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Borders pupils get best ever Higher results

Peebles pupils celebrate exam success Credit: ITV Border

Pupils in the Scottish Borders have recorded the region's best ever Higher pass rate.

34%
Of young people are leaving school with five or more Highers
4%
Increase from 2014
88%
Of pupils received an overall pass rate of A to D level

There was also an increase in the number of pupils achieving Advanced Highers, with a 9% jump in the number of school leavers who got A grade passes, and a 90% pass rate of grades between A and D.

This is the first year of the new curriculum for Scottish Highers, and Scottish Borders Council says the strong performance of its pupils demonstrates that the changes are working.

These results paint a highly positive picture for the young people of the Scottish Borders and are a strong testament to the commitment, dedication and hard work that has been shown over the past year by pupils, teachers, parents and carers alike.

What these results clearly show is that more young people are leaving education in the Scottish Borders with higher levels of qualifications and attainment and moving on to positive and sustained destinations. We have an increased number of qualifications being achieved by many more young people. Our teachers are more ambitious for our pupils and the adoption of an inclusive approach is providing them with greater employment or higher education opportunities."

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s Executive Member for Education

MSP: keep public 'fully informed' in Stranraer project

The harbour is to be regenerated. Credit: ITV Border

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson has welcomed new progress in the £50m regeneration of Stranraer Waterfront.

The council has announced its preferred bidder to lead the regeneration of the harbour - Stena Line.

But the MSP has warned the public need to be involved in the project at all stages:

This is the moment for which a lot of people have been waiting for a very long time and, on that basis, I welcome it. However, we have to recognise that this is just the first step in the process and that further proposals will be brought forward as the partnership between the preferred bidder, the Council and Stena progresses. I hope that progress will be swift.

For that to happen, three further steps need to be taken. Firstly, the Scottish Government must commit to this project wholeheartedly; secondly, if the aspirations of the people of Stranraer are to be met (as the preferred bidder has indicated), then those people must be properly engaged in the process and kept fully informed every step of the way; and thirdly, if the local economic impact is to be maximised, it is essential that as much work as possible is carried out by local contractors and companies.

If those three matters can be addressed, then the future for Stranraer and indeed Wigtownshire looks a great deal brighter than it has for some time.”

– Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson

Too windy to sail?

Poor weather reduced the number of people there. Credit: ITV Border

Poor weather has reduced the number of people at the Bassenthwaite Sailing Club's annual regatta.

Wind is necessary to sail, but there's been a bit too much of it today, making conditions dangerous for all but the most experienced sailors.

The event still drew a decent crowd. Credit: ITV Border

Despite the poor weather there was still a good turnout to Bass Week, which is one of the north of England's biggest sailing regattas.

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Teen seriously injured after Dumfries bridge fall

Police Scotland are appealing for information. Credit: PA

Police Scotland say a teenager has been seriously injured, after falling around 30-feet from a bridge in Dumfries.

At around 11:30am today (4 August), a 15-year-old boy fell from Cuckoo Bridge onto the A75.

He was treated at the scene, and then taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, where he is currently being treated for serious injuries.

We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area to get in touch if they saw this incident.

The boy was not struck by any vehicles on the roadway and appears to have fallen around 30 feet onto the road from the bridge. Anyone wishing to help can call Police Scotland in Dumfries on 101.”

– Inspector Stephen Stiff of Police Scotland
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