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Review into Border Community Hospitals

Thousands of people have signed a petition in support of community hospitals in the Borders. It comes as NHS Borders is carrying out a review, as part of a cost cutting exercise.

The Board has given an assurance that the review is at an early stage. But campaigners are worried about the future of the hospitals in Hawick, Kelso, Duns and Peebles.

Jenny Longden reports


Appeal for missing Carlisle man

Missing Benjamin Mathews Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 33-year-old man, who has gone missing..

Benjamin Mathews, from Carlisle, was last seen in the Cumwhinton area of Carlisle at around 5pm on Tuesday 16th December.

It is believed he may be in the Birmingham area.

Police are concerned for his wellbeing and appeal to anyone who may have seen Mr Mathews to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.


Sickness and Diarrhoea Bug closes Ward 16

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has taken the precautionary measure to temporarily close Ward 16 today due to a outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea. Norovirus is not confirmed at this stage.

The Hospital's Infection Control team is monitoring the situation and has implemented full outbreak control measures and all appropriate infection control procedures have been put in place.

Ward 16 is closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

A total of 5 patients and 1 member of staff have symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea.

Further appeal to trace missing Lee Patterson

Missing Lee Patterson Credit: ITV Border News

34-year-old Lee Patterson went missing from Middlesbrough on Friday 12th December. He left his address on Marton Road but did not return as expected that evening.

Lee was thought to be intending to travel to Carlisle when he has strong links. Police have a sighting of him on a train leaving Middlesbrough at around 7.30am on Friday.

He is described as a white male, around 6ft tall and of large build. He has a fair, clean shaven complexion, blue/green eyes and short dark brown hair.

Lee was last seen wearing dark blue or black cotton joggers which have three Adidas-style stripes in a slightly lighter colour than the joggers. He was also wearing a very thin plain black zip up jacket which was half zipped up showing a light grey T-shirt with black writing and a logo on it, and blue trainers - possibly Nike Air Max.

As well as Cumbria, Lee also has connections with the Tyneside and Durham areas and residents in all these areas are asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 with any information.

Bright idea to improve Cumbrian landscape

A project to remove hundreds of old overhead power lines and poles in an area of the Solway Coast has started. Some of the poles and lines are 60-years-old, and clearing them from the countryside is welcome news to the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The work's being carried by Electricity North West, helped by the Solway group and Natural England.

Kim Inglis went to find out more.

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