First hydro plan for Borders

Work to build the first hydro-electric plant in the Borders is underway. It's expected to generate power for more than 200 homes.

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Controversial windfarm opens in Scotland

It's said that the windfarm will produce enough energy for 73,000 homes Credit: PA

One of Scotland's largest onshore windfarms will be opened near Lockerbie.

The controversial Harestanes windfarm, with 68 turbines, will produce enough energy to meet the needs of 73,000 homes.

Scottish Power Renewables says the £160million project has supported 150 jobs over the last two years.


New telephone scam tricks victim out of money

An 81-year-old man fell victim to the telephone scam Credit: PA

People are being warned about a new type of scam that is targeting people in the region. The scam encourages people to buy a scheme to ward off nuisance calls by a false company.

An 81-year-old Stranraer man was targeted by the scam.

He was called by someone offering a system for getting rid of nuisance telephone calls. The agreement was that for £2 per month, for three years, nuisance calls could be stopped.

The caller was able to give the man the first eight digits of his bank card and is believed to sound convincing in his sales pitch.

The man from Stranraer accepted the offer and later received by post a small box which he was instructed to attach to his phone line.

When he did, the line went dead.

He then found that the full cost of the three year contract, £89, had been taken from his account in one transaction, as opposed to the £2 per month as agreed.

Anyone who has information or has been scammed should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact the police.

For advice about protecting yourself from scams, click here.

Smartwater - the substance that tracks thieves

A burglary at a building site has prompted police to encourage people to protect their businesses and homes.

Between Saturday 24th May to Tuesday 27th May, a building site near Penrith was burgled.

Two containers had been forced open and expensive power and plant equipment was stolen.

Police recommend using Smartwater which helps to track criminals. It is a forensic property marking kit. On arrest, suspects are checked for traces of the marking system.

Smartwater will dry clear on the offender’s hair, skin and clothes and can last for weeks. Once detected, police can pinpoint it to a location or crime.

“I would urge everyone to mark their property with UV pens or forensic marking kits as it significantly increases the chances of us being able to reunite stolen property with its rightful owner. Make sure you are always vigilant about your home and business security.”

– Claire Stevens, Crime Prevention Officer for Cumbria Constabular


Old meets new: The 'twittertape'

Adam Vaughan and his twittertape machine Credit: ITV Border

Web development manager Adam Vaughan from Cumwhinton near Carlisle is hoping his unique twittertape machine will attract the attention of investors.

Adam has combined the old with the new by building a device which prints out his tweets onto old fashioned ticker tape. The 33 year old says the twittertape machine has attracted much interest and is now hoping it can be commercially produced.

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