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Police hunt for three men following Kelso armed robbery

Police in the Borders are appealing for information following a robbery in Kelso. Credit: PA

Police in the Borders are appealing for information following a robbery in Kelso.

The incident occurred on Monday, October 5, at around 9am when three men entered a shop on Bowmont Street.

They assaulted two female members of staff with an electrical implement and proceeded to steal a sum of cash.

They left the shop and travelled in a rust coloured Toyota Celica towards the outskirts of Kelso. They then left the vehicle in a Sainsbury’s cark park on the A698. Their direction of travel after this point is unknown.

The men are described as looking dishevelled and wearing green balaclavas. One has a Scottish accent and another had an English accent.

The Scottish Ambulance Service also attended and treated the two assaulted women. One female member of staff was taken to Borders General Hospital as a precaution, however the did not require further medical attention.

Police are now appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward.

Lifeboat campaigners raise more than £7000 in first five days

St. Abbs lifeboat was closed last month after more than 100 years. Credit: ITV Border

Protestors fighting to bring a lifeboat back to a Borders village say they've raised more than £7,000 in the first five days of their campaign.

St. Abbs lifeboat was closed last month after more than 100 years.

The RNLI says it's introduced a second lifeboat to Eyemouth, just a couple of nautical miles away and those boats can safely cover the St. Abbs area.

But local people say it's such a popular area with divers that a separate lifeboat is needed at St. Abbs.

The area's cliffs are also popular with walkers.

Villagers want an independent lifeboat brought back and are trying to raise at least £250,000 to set it up.


Carlisle paedophile sentenced to four more years in prison

Arthur Cook, previously of Greengarth, Carlisle Credit: Cumbria Police

A paedophile jailed for a decade in 2013 has had an extra four years added to his sentence after more victims came forward.

Arthur Cook, 68, received the 10-year prison term after he was convicted of the historic sexual abuse of two boys.

Carlisle Crown Court heard then that Cook committed these offences over many years, and "blighted the childhood" of the youngsters.

But media coverage of that case prompted two more victims to come forward and say that they had also been abused.

And at the crown court today, Cook received an additional four years in prison - to be served consecutively - having pleaded guilty to seven additional charges.

He admitted six indecent assaults on a female aged under 13 in the early 1970s, and sexual activity with a boy in the early 2000s. Judge Paul Batty QC told Cook, previously of Greengarth, Carlisle, of his latest offences: "This is about as serious a case of this type as one can envisage."

Police appeal for witnesses after man attacks dog

The incident occurred in Hawick, on Saturday evening Credit: PA

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses after a man allegedly kicked a dog several times in a public park in Hawick at the weekend.

The incident happened on Saturday as a 48-year-old woman walked her dog on a leash in Moat Park.

At around 7:45pm the woman's dog and another black dog, seemingly unaccompanied, began fighting after the black dog approached her.

A man ran over and began kicking the woman's dog and becoming aggressive towards her.

He is described as around 6ft tall, medium build and wearing a dark coloured woolly hat.

Watch: Both sides of the Border share their views on the 5p carrier bag charge

The law has changed so that now supermarkets must charge 5p for all plastic carrier bags, to try to cut the number of plastic bags going to landfill sites.

It'll bring England into line with Scotland, as supermarkets north of the border have been charging for plastic bags for the last year.

We've been out speaking to shoppers on both sides of the border about what they think about having to pay for a plastic bag:

Kelso: One person taken to hospital after robbery involving 'electrical implement'

A robbery has taken place in Kelso, Scotland. Credit: PA

A robbery involving an 'electrical implement' has taken place at a shop in Bowmont Street, Kelso.

Police can confirm that one person has been taken to Borders General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The incident occurred on Monday, October 5 at around 9.10am.

Police have also denied earlier reports the robbery used a taser, instead confirming the involvement of an 'electrical implement'.


Controversial 'Great Tapestry of Scotland' plans approved

The Great Tapestry of Scotland will be permanently housed in the Scottish Borders Credit: ITV Border

Plans for a controversial six million pound scheme to permanently house the Great Tapestry of Scotland in the Scottish Borders have been approved.

Scottish Borders Council granted planning permission today for a two-storey building for the tapestry at Tweedbank.

The authority is contributing three and a half million pounds to the project which councillors say will boost tourism.

Last week a petition signed by thousands, urging the council to drop its financial support, was rejected.

Police identify body of woman found on beachfront

Police have identified the body of a woman discovered in Wigtownshire Credit: ITV Border

A body found on a Wigtownshire beach has been identified.

Police said today the body discovered on the shoreline at Monreith on the 11th of August was that of seventy-one-year-old Breda Delaney from County Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

Her family have been informed and the Procurator Fiscal has been notified.

Locals rally around to fund their own lifeboat service

The RNLI has closed its St Abbs lifeboat station Credit: ITV Border

Locals are aiming to fund their own independent lifeboat station, at a cost of roughly half a million pounds.

The announcement is the latest chapter in a saga that began when it was announced the RNLI was closing their St Abbs lifeboat service, and has included a large scale campaign to forestall and cease the planned closure.

Although the campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, the momentum generated is being directed towards founding another lifeboat service in its place.

Ironically, the RNLI retain the lease on the boathouse so St Abbs community representatives will have to negotiate with them to reach some sort of agreement.

At a packed meeting held on September 13th 2015, all attending voted unanimously in favour of the project which has initially been named St Abbs Lifeboat.

Police cordon off Portland Square in Carlisle

A building on Albert Street, Carlisle has been evacuated. Credit: ITV Border

Police have cordoned off part of Portland Square following reports of an 'insecure building'.

A building was evacuated this morning following the apparent collapse of a chimney.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

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