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MSP Lamont calls for bus cuts meeting

John Lamont. Credit: John Lamont.

A local MSP has hit out at proposals to axe a number of bus routes in the Scottish Borders.

John Lamont, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, says he has requested a meeting with First Group, which is considering the cuts.

While these services may not be that well used, in a rural area like the Borders they are vital for some, including pensioners and those who don’t drive.

Instead of cutting services, I want bus operators and the Council to work together to ensure that we have a properly integrated transport system in the Borders which fits people’s needs.

– John Lamont MSP

Hundreds sign petition against mental health ward closure

Tim Farron collects signatures in Kendal. Credit: Tim Farron.

More than 1,500 people have signed a petition against the closure of a mental health ward in Kendal.

The Kentmere Unit at the Westmorland General Hospital is to be closed from the end of June because a Care Quality Commission report found it didn't meet safety standards.

Local MP Tim Farron has set up a petition against the closure of the ward, and it was signed by more than 1,500 local people in the first week.

He says the CQC report did not call for the ward to be closed, and is urging Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to reconsider the closure.

The response to the petition shows that there is overwhelming public backing for the ward, and I will continue to fight against the closure.

The CQC’s report highlighted a number of issues about the physical environment at the ward, but it stopped a long way short of calling for the ward to close. Although certain improvements must be made, these services must not be taken away from South Lakeland.

– Tim Farron MP

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Passengers face train delays south of Cumbria

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People travelling south of Cumbria by train are facing delays of up to an hour.

It's due to a train fault between Lancaster and Preston, and southbound services are expected to be affected until around 12pm.

Replacement buses are conveying passengers between Preston and Lancaster in both directions until further notice.

Scottish Borders businesses warned of counterfeit money

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Police are warning businesses in the Scottish Borders to watch out for counterfeit money.

Since the start of this week, there have been three reports of fake bank notes being used at shops throughout East Lothian and the Borders.

On Monday, 23 May, two shops were targeted in Dunbar and North Berwick.

On the following day a store in Coldstream confirmed it had also received counterfeit currency.

On each occasion, the notes were reported to be of a “high-quality”, and appeared legitimate on first sight.

The notes are all Bank of England £20 notes, with either the serial number “AH03 269110” or “HH11 227632”.

It is a criminal offence to hold or pass a note that you know to be counterfeit. I would ask the public to be aware of the recent circulation of counterfeit currency, and to check any paper notes they have received lately to ensure they are legitimate.

If anyone suspects they have been handed or found a fake bank note, they should retain it and contact the police immediately.

– PC Alan Curran, from Haddington Police station

Drivers warned to reduce speed ahead of Appleby Horse Fair

Police are warning drivers to reduce their speed around horse drawn vehicles in the build up to the Appleby Horse Fair.

This year's fair starts next Thursday and caravans and horses have already begun heading to the town.

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