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Motor sport safety update

Changes outlined to keep motor sport spectators in Scotland safe Credit: ITV Border

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.

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Borders farmers calling for changes to meat production

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.

National fire service 'will remain local'

The Borders new senior fire officer, Peter Heath Credit: ITV News Border

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.

Government advisors in Hawick and Galashiels this week

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

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