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Students taught hard-hitting road safety lesson

Police Scotland will be amongst those speaking at the 'Safe Drive Stay Alive' event. Credit: ITV Border

A new hard hitting campaign aimed at reducing the number of young people involved in road collisions began today in Southern Scotland.

The Safe Drive Stay Alive event is being held over 2 days and is making hundreds of teenagers, many of whom are taking their driving lessons, aware of the dangers that can lie behind the wheel.

Hundreds of students from across Dumfries and Galloway will be shown a reconstructed crash scene, and will hear from Emergency Services personnel, Police Scotland, and the victims of road traffic accidents.

WATCH: Tom Farrell talks to ITV Border following his 5000m heat triumph

Tom Farrell, after qualifying for the men's 5000m final in Beijing. Credit: ITV Border

Tom Farrell has qualified from his heat in the 5000m at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

Qualification means he'll take part in the fifteen man final on Saturday, lining up against Olympic champion Mo Farrah.

ITV Border's Ryan Dollard spoke to the twenty four year old a little earlier, when he was still coming to terms with one of the biggest races of his career to date.


Ennerdale show goes ahead thanks to vital cash boost

Ennerdale Show goes ahead today, partly thanks to a cash donation. Credit: ITV Border

The Ennderdale show takes place today in Cumbria, partially due to a cash boost in support.

Financial assistance from the Herdwick Sheepbreeders Association has raised £60,000 enabling many smaller shows in the county to survive and continue the long-standing tradition of agricultural shows.

The cost of putting on the show rises each year, so the Herdwick Sheepbreeders Association has come to the rescue of smaller but no less important events.

Man's 15-year headache cured by Botox injections

Steven Howes suffered two head injuries which left him in constant pain. Credit: ITV Border

A man's 15-year headache has been cured by having Botox injections.

Steven Howes from Cumbria was hit in the face with an axe in an unprovoked attack in around 2000.

Then in 2005 a metal winch fell on to his head while he was working.

He has suffered from constant headaches ever since which left him unable to hold down a job as he was in such pain.

Stephen Howes after he was attacked with an axe. Credit: ITV Border

He said: "The best I way I can describe the pain is it's like having brain freeze but instead of a few seconds it's for 24 hours a day.

"Then on top of that, almost feeling like your skull is being crushed by a vice. It kind of gives you somewhere close to how it feels."

But for the last three years he has been having Botox injections which he credits with curing his headaches.

Steven having Botox injections which he gets every three months. Credit: ITV Border

Botox was approved for use on the NHS to treat migraines and headaches in 2012.

Since Steven has been having the treatment he has gone from being confined in his bed for weeks at a time to getting his dream job as a teacher.

"I start my new job in September," he said.

Police release pictures of dangerous 'Pink Pills'

Police have released images of pink tablets believed to be responsible for a number of casualties. Credit: Police Scotland

Police Scotland have released images of the notorious 'Pink Pills' which are believed to have caused a number of casualties in the Scottish Borders.

Several young people have experienced adverse effects after consuming an unidentified pink tablet, leading to ten hospitalisations and two arrests in connection with the incident.

Jamie Bonnor Thomson, has been charged with culpable and reckless conduct, while Connor Jackson, 18, was arrested just 24 hours after being released from hospital for possession of a knuckle-duster.

All of the people hospitalised were male, and between the ages of 14 and 18.

In the interest of public safety we have today issued an image of this as yet unidentified substance.

There may be more of these pills in circulation in the Hawick area, and possibly even farther afield, and I would ask people to please be vigilant and to contact police if you are offered this pill or have information relevant to our ongoing enquiries.

Likewise, anyone who has consumed this pill and who feels unwell, or knows anyone who appears unwell after taking the substance is asked to please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

– Detective Inspector Steven Bertram of Police Scotland.


Six years for man convicted of robbery

Taylor Wright Credit: ITV Border

A man who terrorised an elderly woman in her Scottish Borders home has been jailed for nearly six years.

21 year-old Taylor Wright forced entry into the victim's house in the Yarrow Valley in March by brandishing an imitation gun before assaulting and robbing her.

He was sentenced at Edinburgh High Court yesterday.

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