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Michael Moore: Borders College 'best in Scotland'

Borders college has been described as 'the best in Scotland' by MP Michael Moore Credit: ITV Border

Local MP Michael Moore has described Borders College as ‘the best in Scotland’ following performance data released by the Scottish Funding Council.

The data showed that for 2013-14, the College had:

  • the highest student success rate of any college in Scotland for further education
  • the second highest rate for higher education students at college
  • the highest rate for learners with disabilities
  • the highest rate for learners in a second or subsequent year of their course.

Mr Moore has congratulated staff and students alike.

“I want to congratulate the students, the teaching staff and the management at Borders College on their exceptional performance in 2013-14.

“This data from the SFC clearly demonstrates that Borders College is the best in Scotland, with fantastic success rates particularly among disabled students and students in further education."

– Michael Moore, MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

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Health boss praises hospital staff for fire response

The fire broke out on Friday night Credit: ITV Border

The staff at the West Cumberland Hospital have been praised by the Trust's chief executive following Friday night's fire.

Anne Farrar has thanked staff for working to ensure that no patients were affected by the incident, including those who volunteered to come from home if they were needed.

She has also paid tribute to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

“I would like to thank our staff for the outstanding commitment they have shown over the past few days.

"I spent Saturday going round West Cumberland Hospital to talk to staff and whilst everybody was understandably upset, they were all also wonderfully determined that the future is still very bright for the hospital.

“I would also like to thank the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service for their quick action on Friday night to ensure the fire was controlled as quickly as possible.”

– Ann Farrar, chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Weather: SNOW on the way

SNOW on the way Credit: Met Office

A cold and increasingly showery northwesterly flow is expected to develop during Wednesday and last through Thursday.

Accumulating snow is likely away from windward coastal districts, especially overnight.

Across Northern England 3-6 cm could accumulate especially over high ground.

Over Scotland and Northern Ireland 5-10 cm is likely even at low levels, with more than 10 cm over high ground.

Strong and gusty winds will likely accompany snow showers, and lead to significantly reduced visibility at times, difficult driving conditions and temporary blizzards over high ground.

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Drop in Cumbria drink drivers

2,687 people were tested as part of the month long campaign Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Sixty motorists were caught driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs during the Cumbria Constabulary's month-long Christmas campaign.

The campaign ran from the 1st of December to the 1st of January.

A total of 2,687 people were tested during this period, a higher number than last year.

However the number of positive results was lower.

Cumbria Police say there is still work to be done.

"A statistic I would like to highlight it that, whilst the number of driver caught under the influence dropped, the number of people failing a test following a collision increased.

"This is proof that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increases the likelihood of a collision.

"In 2015 we will continue to target drink and drug drivers as part of our work to make Cumbria's roads safer"

– Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley

Appeal for missing 15-year-old boy

A picture of Brandon Moore, who was last seen on Saturday Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

POLICE are appealing for information about a 15-year-old boys missing from home in Bolton le Sands.

Brandon Moore was last seen at an address on Mill Lane at around 5pm on Saturday (24 January 2015).

It is believed that he has travelled to Whitehaven, Cumbria and then possibly on to the Hartlepool area of the North East.

Brandon is described as white, medium build with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a navy blue sweater, navy blue tracksuit bottoms, a blue jacket and grey Nike Air Max trainers.

Anybody with any information can contact Lancashire Police.

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Former Auschwitz prisoners the 'Windermere Boys'

Today marks 70 years since the liberation of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. There will be numerous events across the region to mark the occasion.

Following the end of the Second World War hundreds of young children were taken from the camp and brought to the Lake District to recover.

Now in their 80s, the so called Windermere boys rebuilt their lives in the region. Click here for more on our special reports on the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust.

Cumbria Police cuts: your views

Cumbria Constabulary has proposed raising the amount of council tax the public pays for policing, as well as cutting the number of frontline officers, to meet budget cuts.

Here are some of your views:

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