The Motor Sport Event Safety Review Group has today released its initial findings on how to improve rally safety.
The Group was commissioned by the Scottish Government following the deaths of three spectators at the Jim Clark Rally in the Scottish Borders in May.
The group, led by former world motor racing champion Sir Jackie Stewart, is recommending that organisers and partners take the following steps to improve safety:
- For each rally, an independent safety delegate should be responsible for the safety of staff, volunteers and spectators;
- Both an event spectator safety officer and an event safety car should be used at multi-venue stage rallies;
- Further consideration of improvements to training for rally marshals;
- Improve safety messages given to the public;
- Better ensure and promote the safety of media attending rallies.
This weekend Scotland 7's squad will be in Australia for the start of the IRB World 7's series.
Of the 12 players selected, seven have Borders connections and new coach Calum McRae is himself a Borderer.
Stuart Cameron went along to meet the lucky dozen, appropriately at the home of 7's in Melrose.
Police Scotland say Kelso High School was evacuated at about 2.30pm on Monday after a "suspicious phone call". The building is being searched as a precaution.
More than two thousand people applied but only 10 were picked to learn to become drivers on the new borders railway.
The successful recruits are midway through an intensive training course so they'll be able to operate the first trains to run from the Borders in more than forty years.
Kathryn Samson reports:
Colm Farrell is walking 5000 miles across the UK to raise money for Console, a suicide prevention charity. He relies on the kindness of strangers to get a bed each night.
A new guide encouraging tourists to sample local produce has been launched in the Borders.
The Scottish Lowland Food and Drink trail aims to help the visitors find the producers, and the people behind it hope it will encourage more people to the area, as Hannah McNulty reports.
Watch her full report below.
Farmers in the Borders are calling for changes to what they say is a "bizarre" system which means the meat they produce cannot be labelled as Scottish.
Lambs and pigs from the area are having to be slaughtered in England because there are no longer any abattoirs in the Borders.
However, that means the meat has to be labelled as British rather than Scottish.
Watch the full report from Jenny Longden below.
A new Borders Health Centre will be officially opened today when the keys are handed over.
The new facility in Lauder replaces two older facilities that previously served the town.
The new senior fire officer in the Borders says the fire and rescue service in the region will be enhanced, even though it is being nationalised.
Peter Heath will head up the service in the Borders alongside Mid and East Lothian from an office at Galashiels Fire station.
The 45-year-old from Innerleithen was appointed to the role following the announcement that all eight fire and rescue services in Scotland will be merged into one.
A twenty a day smoker spends on average £50 a week on their habit, enough to feed a family of four for a week.
This week the Scottish Government is sending experts in breaking nicotine addiction to pharmacies in Borders towns to give free advice.
Stand location details are:
Mon 21st Jan - Morrisons, Mart Street, Hawick
Tues 22nd Jan - Asda Currie Road, Galashiels