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Pupils swap beds for school hall floor

A group of Cumbrian schoolchildren will be getting a taste of what it's like to be homeless this evening.

Whilst the rest of us are tucked up in our nice warm beds, pupils and staff from Hayton Primary School will be sleeping rough to raise money for Nightstop-a new scheme aimed at helping homeless young people to get off the streets.

Here's Paul Crone.

Borders pupils have the grit in new school contest

The winning pupil from Philiphaugh Community School for the Selkirk area will get the chance to see their newly named gritter, with Council and police representatives in attendance. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Nine Scottish Borders Council gritting vehicles will tackle the winter weather with new names following a Borders-wide school competition.

Primary four to seven pupils across the region had to come up with the best winter related title and a winner was picked from each of the nine high school cluster areas.

Chosen by the local integrated police officers the winning names have been printed on to the vehicles which will then visit the school which named it. The winning pupil and their class will also be presented with a framed photograph.

The first winner to be announced was Kamal Aziz from Philiphaugh Community School in Selkirk, who was visited today (27th November) by the gritter which he called 'Gritter Spitter 3000'.

The competition was organised by the Council’s Safer Routes to School Team and was run within each school by the Junior Road Safety Officers.

The full list of winners are:

  • Berwickshire – Gritter Garbo; Alex Bisset, Eccles/Leitholm Primary School
  • Earlston – Sub Zero Hero; Josh Turner, Melrose Primary School
  • Eyemouth – Grit Britain; Quentin Strang, Ayton Primary School
  • Galashiels – The Winter Soldier; Kieran Linford, Stow Primary School
  • Hawick – Border Blaster; Fraser Casson, Wilton Primary School
  • Jedburgh – Salt ‘n’ Shake; Carys Williams, Howdenburn Primary School
  • Kelso – Great Grizzly Gritter; Molly Howlett, Sprouston Primary School
  • Peebles – Snow Farah; Max Ryall, West Linton Primary School
  • Selkirk – Gritter Spitter 3000; Kamal Aziz, Philiphaugh Community School


Showing racism the 'red card'

Former Carlisle United player Gary Bennett has returned to his old club but with a very different role.

Now a director of the charity, Show Racism the Red Card, he held a series of workshops for local schoolchildren at Brunton Park.

As Paul Crone reports, the footballer turned ambassador has experienced racism both on and off the pitch.


Children taught to show racism 'the red card'

Former professional footballer Gary Bennett arrived with the Show Racism the Red Card roadshow helping schoolchildren from Carlisle learn about racism. Credit: ITV Border

Former professional footballer Gary Bennett arrived with the Show Racism the Red Card roadshow helping schoolchildren from Carlisle learn about racism.

The schoolchildren attended a series of workshops at Brunton Park.

You can find out more about the campaign by logging onto

First Minister unveils new textile training centre

First minister meets apprentices and mentors. Credit: ITV Border

The First Minister has unveiled a new textile training centre in the Scottish Borders.

Six young apprentices beat off competition from more than 40 applicants to earn a place at Johnstons of Elgin in Hawick.

Alex Salmond was taking part in his third last public engagement as First Minister.

"It's such a pleasure to be at the opening of this fantastic new training centre in Hawick. It's important to keep hold of local talent and use these skills which have been passed on for generations. The textile industry in the Borders has been through a rough time, but is now in safe hands and there's a bright future ahead."

– First Minister Alex Salmond

Mr Salmond toured the mill and met with workers and apprentices.

Campaign to highlight lower drink drive limit

The campaign has launched this week, which is also Road Safety week. Credit: PA

A campaign to make people in Scotland aware of the new lower drink drive limit has launched at the start of Road Safety week (17th- 23rd November).

The Scottish Parliament will vote tomorrow on an order which will bring the reduced limit into effect on December 5th.

This would lower the blood alcohol limit from 80mg in every 100ml of blood to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

The campaign will involve adverts, a social media campaign, using electronic road signs and partnering with key motoring organisations, service stations and tourism organisations.

Watch: Committee backs drink drive change in Scotland

“We are doing everything we can to make sure everyone is informed about the new lower level.

A persistent minority of people are still getting behind the wheel after drinking – that is unacceptable, it is putting lives at risk and it must stop. Our advice is simple, the best approach is to have no alcohol at all. Alcohol at any level impairs driving."

– Kenny MacAskill, Justice Secretary

Nursing scheme takes on 25 cadets

Nursing cadet schemes were popular in the 60s and 70s but were eventually scrapped in favour of other training.

But now they're back. The Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has taken on 25 cadets. It's hoped after a two year course they'll go onto university to study nursing and then stay in Cumbria once they are fully qualified. Katie Hunter reports:

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