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Newcastleton has become the first place in Scotland to have a combined police and fire station.
A year after the village lost its police station, local officers have now taken over an office in the local fire station to give the community a point of contact.
Ryan Dollard reports:
The village of Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders has become the first in Scotland to have a combined police and fire station.
The move comes after the Community Council asked for a return of a visible police presence after their dedicated police station closed last year.
If it proves successful it may provide the template for similar stations elsewhere in the region as the Chairman for Newcastleton Community Council, Stuart Turnbull, explains:
Chief Inspector Andrew Clark from Police Scotland said:
"It's a really positive step forward. This is all about reassuring the people of Newcastleton that we retain a real active presence here and this will give them a single access point to access community services."
Police and Fire and Rescue Services have joined forces in the Scottish Borders to provide the first shared emergency service station in Scotland.
The station, based in Newcastleton, provides Police Scotland with their own office space within the fire station.
A local Community Officer and fire and rescue service staff will share facilities, with the aim of providing the community with a local shared service.
Shaun Turnbull, Chairman for Newcastleton Community Council, said:"This is brilliant for the town, particularly older people.
"The deterrent of having a visible police presence is very reassuring. Who knows, this might be an idea that could be rolled out across Scotland."