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Death of Borders man 'unexplained', say police

Police are treating the death of a man in a Borders village as "unexplained".

The 59-year-old man died at a house in Walkerburn. Officers are now investigating and trying to establish the cause of his death.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries are ongoing. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal."

– Spokesman, Police Scotland


Man's body found after Alston fire

Police have found a man's body after a house fire in Alston.

Officers were called to the town at at 4.15pm yesterday after receiving reports of a fire.

The police and the fire service are currently investigating to try and establish what caused the blaze.

The man has not yet been formally identified.


Supporters travel far for Hawick RFC

Craig with his wife and daughter with the Cup in 2002 Credit: ITV Border

A man who played for Hawick RFC when they won the 2002 BT Cup Final has flown in from New Zealand for a surprise visit to see them try and repeat the feat 13 years later.

Craig Dunlea flew 12,000 miles from Christchurch to Hawick specially to watch his team in this weekend's match.

He told ITV Border he couldn't miss his rugby team's big moment and can't wait for the final.

Twenty buses are expected to head up to Murryfield from the town, full of supporters cheering their boys on.

Scotland and British and Irish Lions' fullback Stuart Hogg is also expected to be in attendance to back his home town club.

Former choirmaster jailed for indecent images

A former choirmaster from Kendal has been jailed for distributing and making indecent images of children.

Some of the still and moving pictures found on two laptops seized by police from Hugh Davies featured boys believed to be aged 10.

A number were classed as being in category A - the most serious level.

Following his arrest, the 63-year-old, of Park Street, pleaded guilty to 18 charges of making indecent photographs of children, 11 of distribution and one of asking another computer user to send an indecent photograph.

The offences were committed between 2009 and 2014.

At Carlisle Crown Court today, Davies was sent to prison for two-and-a-half years by Judge Barbara Forrester, who told him: "I view this offences very seriously indeed."

The court heard Davies was convicted in 2011 of downloading indecent images of children.

On that occasion he was fined by a district judge and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for five years.

A former conductor for Kendal South Choir, he was once described as a "leading figure" in the town's music community.

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