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School transport cancelled ahead of Storm Doris

Weather warnings are in force across the region. Credit: Met Office

All forms of school transport in the Scottish Borders have been cancelled for tomorrow, when Storm Doris is expected to sweep through the region.

An Amber weather warning for snow covers the south of Scotland, and between 10 and 15cm of snow is expected.

Scottish Borders Council says local decisions on school closures will be announced in the morning.

If needed the Resilient Schools protocol will be used, which would see 21 rural primary schools closed, with only pupils within walking distance attending schools.

If this is implemented, parents will be notified directly by Groupcall message.

Some waste and recycling collections may be affected.

Drivers urged to avoid major roads during Storm Doris

Weather warnings are in force across the region. Credit: PA

Drivers of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes are being urged to avoid using major roads, while Storm Doris batters the region.

Highways England has released a list of roads to avoid, including:

  • M6 through Cumbria, between J36 and J45
  • A66 Between M6 J40 - A1 (Scotch Corner)
  • A69 Entire route

Find out which weather alerts are in force in Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders

'Suspicious' barn fire in Scottish Borders

The fire happened at a farm near Earlston. Credit: ITV Border

A barn fire at a farm in the Scottish Borders is being treated as suspicious by police.

It happened between 6:15pm and 7:15pm on yesterday, near Purveshaugh Farm on the B6397, close to Earlston.

Police and fire services were called and the blaze was brought under control.

No people or livestock were harmed but substantial damage has been caused to the barn, including the roof collapsing.

This has been a substantial fire in an area that contains livestock and is well used by agricultural workers.

We believe the fire to be suspicious and are asking for the public’s help in tracing those responsible.

I would ask that anyone was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious to please get in touch as soon as possible by contacting Police Scotland on 101.

– Inspector Alistair Hutchens of Melrose Police Station


Jail for drug dealer found sleeping in car

Romney Gardens in Kendal. Credit: Google Street View.

A drug dealer who police found sleeping in his car, has been jailed for three months.

Jordan Jenkinson, 23, of Romney Gardens in Kendal, was sentenced yesterday (21 February 2017) at Carlisle Crown Court.

On 18 May 2016, officers found him asleep in his car, which was parked on Romney Gardens with the engine running.

A search of the vehicle led them to a small quantity of cannabis and 12 grams of cocaine - the latter valued at around £1,300.

Jenkinson was arrested, and tests proved that he had both cannabis and cocaine in his system.

At Carlisle Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug (cocaine), possession of a Class B drug (cannabis) offering to supply Class B drugs (cannabis).

He also pleaded guilty to driving while being disqualified, having no insurance, and driving while unfit through drugs.

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