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Fire damaged Borders Hotel to open this summer

The fire ripped through the roof of the building Credit: ITV Border

The owners of a landmark Borders hotel that was badly damaged by a fire are hoping it will be back in operation by mid-July.

Flames ripped through the roof of the Gordon Arms Hotel, near St.Mary's Lochon, on Tuesday 12 May.

Firefighters working on the roof of the building Credit: ITV Border

But the bar and kitchen in the 200-year-old property were unaffected.

Owner Susan Cree believes they can get that side of the business up and running again during the summer once they have a water supply and electricity.

She said the cause of the fire had not been established as there was nothing left of the roof - two theories being considered are a spark from the chimney or a mouse chewing through a wire.

She added:"What is keeping us going is that no one was hurt - it could have been much worse of the fire was at night."

Bronze bishop's mitres recovered

The bronze bishop's mitres recovered Credit: ITV Border

Two bronze bishop's mitres that were stolen from a Carlisle church have since been recovered.

Both items, which were the latest in a series of thefts at St Cuthbert's church, were found close to a restaurant in the city centre.

But the church is still set to close its doors until CCTV has been installed.

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