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Machinery stolen from farm in Berwickshire

Thousand of pounds worth of machinery has been stolen from a farm in Berwickshire.

A jet wash and two welding machines were taken along with some diesel.

A shed at the Buskin Farm in Coldingham was broken into between 11:45pm on Saturday 15 March and 6:45am on Sunday 16 March.

The thieves also targeted a neighbouring farm but were unsuccessful.

“Rural properties are often seen as an attractive target to acquisitive criminals and we would continue to ask our communities to be vigilant for any unusual activity they witness in or around farmland.”

– Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, Police Scotland

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Campaigners closer to reopening railway in Berwickshire

Campaigners fighting to have a railway station reopened in Berwickshire say they're one step closer to success.

A report's been produced which supports Reston becoming a stop on a new local service between Edinburgh and Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

Operators competing to take over the new ScotRail franchise in 2015 are being told to consider it as part of their bids.

A final decision will be taken by Scotland's Transport Minister.

ITV Border spoke with Barrie Forrest from the Rail Action Group, East of Scotland and South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse about the plans.

Berwickshire firm to cut 16 jobs

A Berwickshire boatbuilding firm has announced plans to cut 16 jobs.

Coastal Marine Boatbuilders Ltd in Eyemouth had been placed under administration after a reduction in workload. The company blamed a depletion in the local fishing fleet and the loss of a contract to repair the local RNLI vessel.

In a statement, Mark Phillips of PCR Recovery, said:

"Since our appointment we have conducted a review of the business and it was apparent that with the current level of activity the business was seriously over-staffed.

"We recognise that redundancies are extremely distressing for those affected but they were unfortunately necessary in order to protect the business."

– Mark Phillips, PCR Recovery

PCR Recovery said it has received several expressions of interest in the remaining business.

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Post mortem to identify Berwickshire body

A post mortem examination is taking place to identify a body found in woodland in the Scottish Borders. it was found by a member of the public near the Berwickshire village of Gordon.

It's thought it may be the body of a man from the area who's been missing for 14 years but police stress this is just one line of enquiry. Watch Jenny Longden's report.

Careless driving conviction

A hotel manager has been cleared of causing the death of a motorcyclist in a fatal accident on the A1.

Michael Giacopazzi, 48, was instead convicted of careless driving and causing the collision between his Land Rover and 33-year-old biker James Marlow.

In an 8 day trial at Jedburgh sheriff court the jury deleted the charge that he had caused the death of the IT worker and instead convicted the father of two of careless drving by a majority verdict.

Sheriff Donald Corke explained that his sentence had nothing to do with Mr Marlow and said he did not see the point in banning Giacopazzi from driving pointing out his clean 30 year driving record.

He imposed a fine of £600 and endorsed his driving licence with six penalty points.

Sheriff Corke said:

"Following the verdict of the jury, you have been cleared of causing the death of Mr Marlow.

"I would like to express my sympathy to his family.

"The sentence has nothing to do with his death.

"I have got to deal with it as a normal Section Three offence which is something you see day in and day out but not in these circumstances.

"This was a moment of carelessness in very difficult conditions.

"I take into account you have a clean record and have been under considerable strain defending yourself against the allegation of causing the death of Mr Marlow."

– Sheriff Corke

Police target rural crime

The police in the Borders have launched a major crackdown on rural crime.

They are targeting criminals in the East Berwickshire area and officers have been stopping van drivers on the A1 to check whether they are involved in legitimate businesses.

Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson says they are also trying to get people to take more crime prevention measures to protect themselves.

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