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Report says closure of bank branches and Sheriff Courts could affect towns

Galashiels Channel Street Credit: ITV Border

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has highlighted 11 town centres in the Borders which are under threat due to local closures.

Bank branches, Sheriff Courts, Crown Post Offices and Police Counters are some examples of services closing.

It has been warned that these closures put at risk the efforts to rejuvenate local economies.

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FSB say 11 towns in Borders are under threat due to closures

11 towns have been named as being under threat Credit: PA

The Federation of Small Businesses has named 11 town centres in the Scottish Borders as being under threat due to local closures.

Hawick, Peebles and Selkirk are among the towns highlighted, due to recent closures of bank branches, Sheriff Courts and Police Counters.

Four towns in Dumfries and Galloway have also been named on the list.

Workington sees biggest rise in house prices

Workington has seen been named as one of ten coastal town with the biggest rise house prices of the last decade.

A recent survey, carried out by Halifax, found that house prices in seaside towns have risen by around £500 a month over the last ten years.

On average, property prices in seaside towns have grown by 42 per cent but in Workington that figure went up to 91 per cent.

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Controversial on-street parking charges approved

Controversial on-street parking charges have been approved by Cumbria County Council despite huge opposition.

Some people are opposed to the scheme as they believe it could be bad for business by discouraging visitors to park nearby but the Coucil say they need the money for parking enforcement.

Mark Oxley, owner of the shop 'Games Without Borders', thinks it will be extra cost for motorists:

The 11 places set to be affected are Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal, Barrow, Workington, Whitehaven, Maryport, Keswick, Cockermouth, Windermere and Bowness and Ambleside.

The Council has to save millions of pounds due to cuts from central Government and says it had no choice but to make the decision.

Cllr Keith Little, Labour Cabinet Member for Highways told ITV News "it's not about paying for a full hour, there will be an hour or two hours restriction in some areas but you can pay for 15 or 20 minutes and then just move on so it's not a huge financial burden."

Goodbye to free parking in Cumbria

The amount that people will pay will be determined by Community Councils Credit: ITV Border

Free parking could come to an end in most of Cumbria as a meeting is held to discuss how to introduce charges.

Eleven towns have been deemed suitable, including Carlisle, Penrith and Workington. Cumbria Council plan to join many other counties that require payment in popular towns and cities. It's hoped that this will also reduce congestion.

The charge will be introduced due to a shortfall in the Council's budget.

Warning against telephone bank scams

Police in the Borders and East Lothian are issuing a warning following a series of potential telephone banking scams in Duns and North Berwick, which have been reported over the last week.

Bank account holders have been contacted by someone claiming to be from their banks fraud unit informing them of unusual activity on their account. They are told to hang up and immediately call the emergency number on the back of their bank card.

The bogus callers then transfer the caller to a fake bank agent. Thinking that they are speaking to their bank, the account holder discloses their personal details that the culprits require. The callers are then able to transfer large amounts of money out of the alleged 'compromised' bank account.

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