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The creative community in Peebles are celebrating after coming top in a competition to find Scotland's most creative places.

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Jedburgh and Selkirk sheriff courts could be saved

A study that recommended the sheriff courts in Jedburgh and Selkirk be allowed to remain open has been approved by the Scottish Court Service Board.

The feasibility report concluded the best way to keep an integrated justice service in the Borders would be to keep the courts in the two towns, which have up until now been threatened with closure.

The study will be considered by the Scottish Borders Council at its meeting later this week.

“I welcome the feasibility study conclusions, reached after extensive dialogue with a wide range of justice organisations on future justice services in the Scottish Borders. I am confident this gives us a solid platform to deliver the best services for the people of the Scottish Borders.

“The feasibility study shows that while it is right we test the concept of justice centres it equally important it is that we tailor approaches that are right for local communities, and we will continue with this approach as we consider Justice Centres in other locations”

– Eric McQueen, Scottish Court Service Chief Executive

Cost of decommissioning Sellafield nearly £50 billion

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has released a report estimating that it could cost nearly fifty billion pounds to decommission the site at Sellafield over the next 100 years.

The authority say that while this is a six billion pound increase upon last year's figure,

"...It was always the case that cost estimates for the complex projects associated with decommissioning Sellafield’s historic waste facilities would increase as these projects mature and our understanding increases."

£6 billion nuclear clean-up overspend

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has published its latest financial accounts and has revealed that the cost of cleaning up Sellafield nuclear plant in West Cumbria was nearly six billion pounds over its estimate for last year.

The authority described the decommissioning of Sellafield as "one of its most challenging environmental restoration projects."

Last year, nuclear management partners - who were awarded the contract, were heavily criticised for initial overspend on the clean up project.

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Decommissioning figures due to be released

The latest cost of decommissioning at Sellafield is due to be released today.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will present the figures to Parliament.

Parliament is expected to know the outcome of the cost later today Credit: ITV Border

There has already been severe criticism of previous over-spends, which have put up the costs to 70 billion pounds.

Tourism boost in Cumbria

More tourists are visiting Cumbria Credit: PA

Latest figures show that tourism in Cumbria picked up significantly last year.

Visitor numbers rose by 4.5%. The income from tourism was up by 8%. The industry is worth £2 billion a year in Cumbria - that's up by 50% over the last 12 years.

Firefighters strike over pensions

The latest fire fighters strike began this morning, 12 June, in a long running dispute over pensions, with support across Cumbria.

The FBU says dozens of its members refused to work today in a 24-hour strike, the longest yet in this campaign of action which stretches back three years.

The government wants to change fire fighters pensions contributions in a bid to cut public expenditure. The strike ends at 9:00am tomorrow.

Graeme Higgins, Branch secretary, Fire Brigades Union explains why they are on strike:

New sludge solution to save £50million

The new plant is said to save £50m and accelerate sludge retrieval Credit: Sellafield Ltd

A new plant built at Sellafield will save them £50 million, say nuclear experts.

The plant has a new solution in the design style of a petrol-pump to remove radioactive sludge from the world's biggest open-air nuclear pond.

It's said this will save money for UK taxpayers and reduce the sludge hazard.

The pond was built in 1948 and will be decommisioned after it is emptied.

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