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Reivers festival gets underway

Hundreds of people are expected at the two-day Border Reivers festival in Hawick this weekend.

The event celebrates the myths and dramas of the area in the 16th and 17th centuries when the notorious Reivers were active.

Feuding families of Reivers often conducted raids across the border to England to steal cattle and many were hanged by the authorities.

The festival features drama, song, poetry and re-enactments to show what life was like in those turbulent times 400 years ago.

There will also be a torchlight procession through the town this evening.

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Villagers in bid to buy local Co-op

A community in North Cumbria are holding a fundraising event today in a bid to buy their local Co-op.

The shop in Hallbankgate, which includes a post office, is due to close next month.

Villagers have been given six months to raise up to £100,000 to buy the shop, the only one in the village.

Bosses at Scotmid, the firm that runs Lakes and Dales Co-operative, say that due to a low turnover they are being forced to sell it or close it.

Campaigners at The Hallbankgate Hub, which is fighting to stop the closure, say they now have enough money from the Farlam Parish Trust to start the bidding process to buy the Co-op.

The event this afternoon is at the Lacy Thompson Hall in Hallbankgate from 1pm to 5pm and will feature local producers, artist, an historical display, a popup cafe, and information about the campaign.

Five charged following drugs raids

Cumbria Police have charged five people with drugs offences after a major operation in the Carlisle area.

Officers seized heroin and cannabis with a street value of £200,000 after executing warrants at address across the city last night.

Five people - including four from Carlisle - are due to appear at North Cumbria Magistrates Court this morning charged with conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

A 38 year old man from Carlisle was released on police bail.

Border Weather - Saturday

Wastwater on Friday Credit: MARK HARWOOD

A wet and windy start, with overnight rain clearing during the morning. Gales possible in exposure with gusts reaching 50-60mph.

Sunny spells will then follow but also blustery showers feeding in along the strong west wind.

Milder highs of 13°C, so feeling warm in shelter.

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