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Dumfries show prepares for thousands

Nearly 15,000 people are expected to attend the Dumfries and Lockerbie Agricultural Show, which takes place today and tomorrow.

Horses and riders have already been in action at the Park Farm Showground, with hundreds of livestock competitions, trade stands and displays scheduled for tomorrow.

The show is the last one for secretary Esther Bicket, who's retiring after 23 years in charge. She's now handing over the reins to her daughter.


18-year-old dies after falling into silo

Police are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive
Police are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive

An 18-year-old man has died after falling into a silo near Hawick.

Police were called to a farm near Denholm at 9:00am this morning, Friday 1 August.

"Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and officers are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive."

– Spokesperson, Police Scotland

Horse left injured after it's attacked in Hawick

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information after a horse was attacked in Hawick.

The incident happened sometime between Monday, 28 and Tuesday, 29 July in a field near the Troweknowes Farm.

The animal suffered two large cuts to its legs, which have required veterinary treatment.

"These injuries were not sustained accidentally and this incident is being treated as a deliberate act of cruelty.

"Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around the Troweknowes farm area of Hawick between Monday and Tuesday is asked to contact police immediately.

"Given the fairly remote location of the field, those responsible most likely travelled by vehicle and we would also urge anyone with information that can help us progress this line of enquiry to get in touch."

– Inspector Carol Wood, Police Scotland

Officers are asking any one with information about the incident to contact them on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Train assault: Do you know these people?

Train incident
These people were on a train between Newcastle and Carlisle Credit: British Transport Police

Do you know these travellers? That is the question being posed by officers from British Transport Police investigating an outbreak of anti-social behaviour on a rail service between Newcastle and Carlisle, which culminated in the train guard being assaulted. The incidents happened at about 8.40pm on Saturday, 5 July, on board a Northern Rail service between Newcastle and Carlisle.

“Two groups of men boarded the 7.25pm train at Newcastle. One group was particularly argumentative and was clearly trying to goad the other. The aggressive group were spoken to a number of times during the journey and were asked to calm down. When the train reached Brampton, at about 8.40pm the train manager asked the rowdy men to leave the train as he believed they were becoming too aggressive. Two of the men tried to get back onto the train and, when the train manager stopped them doing so, one of the men kicked him to the groin.”

– PC Darren Rogers, British Transport Police

British Transport Police have isolated a number of CCTV images featuring men they believe will have information about what happened.

“The train guard was carrying out his duties in the proper manner and was trying to protect other passengers by asking the men to leave the train. No-one should be subjected to abusive behaviour or violence and train staff should expect to be able to work in a safe environment. What happened on Saturday, 5 July, was completely unacceptable and I am determined to trace those responsible.

– PC Darren Rogers, British Transport Police

In a separate incident, at Newcastle prior to the men boarding the train, two groups of people were involved in a fight at Central Station.

“We believe the people captured on CCTV in relation to the incidents on-board the train will have information about the fight at Newcastle too and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this early incident.”

– PC Darren Rogers, British Transport Police

Anyone with information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

14,000 expected at Dumfries Show

14,000 are expected to visit the show this weekend
14,000 are expected to visit the show this weekend Credit: ITV News Border

Around 14,000 people are expected to visit the Dumfries and Lockerbie Agricultural show this weekend.

The event which is now in it's 53rd year is one of the busiest weekends on the farming calendar with entries coming from all across the UK.

Trade and goods stands will be at the event, as well as 400 horses
Trade and goods stands will be at the event, as well as 400 horses Credit: ITV News Border

The show-jumping and horse and pong showing classes are already underway, with 400 horse and riders taking part over Friday and Saturday.

More than 600 sheep and 200 cows will arrive on Saturday for the livestock shows, as well as pigs, goats and poultry.

The family friendly show also has hundreds of trade stands and good and drink stalls.


Man charged with Melrose garage vandalism

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged following vandalism to two cars parked in the forecourt of a garage in Melrose.

The vehicles sustained around £400 worth of damage following the incident, which happened at the DS Dalgleish premises on Saturday, 26 July.

The man was also charged with a breach of bail conditions and was remanded in custody to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Wednesday, 6 August.

Samantha Kinghorn finishes fifth in 1500 metre final

Samantha Kinghorn won a gold medal at the 2013 Sainsbury?s School Games at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
Samantha Kinghorn won a gold medal at the 2013 Sainsbury?s School Games at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield Credit: PA

There was disappointment last night for Borders wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn who came fifth in the T54 1500 metre final.

The 18-year-old, from Gordon, qualified for the race after coming third in Tuesday's heat.

The gold medal went to the Australian racer Angela Ballard.

Police seek driver after 12-year-old injured in collision

A 12-year-old boy has been injured after he was struck by a car.

Police are looking to trace the driver of an orange Mitsubishi who collided with the boy as he road his bike on the back roads near Kirkbean.

Officers say the incident happened at about 3:00pm on Thursday, 31 July.

The boy was then taken to DGRI for treatment.

Anyone who was in the area around the time of the collision or has any information is asked to contact police on 101.

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