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'Dearly loved and sorely missed'

The family of a Borders teenager who died in a road collision on Saturday have paid tribute to him.

Graham Sinclair, 18, from Reston, was travelling on his motor scooter when the accident happened.

"Happy-go-lucky and carefree, Graham was always the life and soul of the party," it said. He had a word for everyone and was always smiling. He was dearly loved and now sorely missed by family and friends alike."

– Sinclair family statement

The accident happened on a back road between Reston and Ayton in the Scottish Borders.

Bronze medallist James Clegg comes last in his second Paralympic final

James Clegg warms up before the 100m freestyle final Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

James Clegg came last in his 100m freestyle swimming final last night. The swimmer from Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders won bronze in the butterfly event on Sunday - before his elder sister Libby won a silver medal in the athletics 100m sprint on the same evening.

£15,000 worth of sheep stolen from Peebles farm

MORE than £15,000 worth of blackface sheep have been stolen from a farm in the Scottish Borders. Police have warned farmers to be on the look-out after rustlers made off with a flock of 164 sheep sometime over a four week period.

The thefts happened between July 19 and August 20 from the farm near Peebles. It is the latest in a series of thefts of livestock from farms in rural areas such as the Borders. Livestock rustling is believed to cost Scottish farmers more than £250,000 a year.

Figures show the cost of sheep rustling increased by 170% between 2010 and 2011. It is thought 67,000 sheep were stolen in the UK last year, at a cost of £6m. Rural insurers NFU Mutual saw a 166% rise in claims of stolen livestock in Scotland.


Parts of the Borders hit by flash floods this afternoon

Parts of the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria have been hit by flash flooding this afternoon. Roads, houses and even schools have been affected by heavy downpours.

Police in Dumfries and Galloway are tonight dealing with flooding in the Langholm area which has brought rocks and debris onto the A7 - the main route through the Borders. The incident is two miles south of Langholm at Auchenrivock. Drivers can get past but are asked to avoid the area if possible.

In the Borders, 70 pupils were kept in after school because of flooding at Galashiels Academy. The weather is calmer now but if you should be worried about your property flooding, fire stations in the Borders have been opened for residents to collect sandbags.

Renewed hope for Hawick textile mill

There is optimism that a textile mill in Hawick can be saved, despite its parent company going into administration.

Barrie knitwear employs around 200 people and makes clothes for high quality designer labels. Yesterday its owner, Dawson International, announced that problems with a huge pension deficit had forced it into administration.

But several companies have already expressed an interest in buying the mill and local people are hopeful that it can be saved.

Reaction from Cllr Stuart Marshall from the Scottish Borders Council, Hawick & Denholm and Cllr Ron Smith, Honorary Provost, Hawick

100 year old cafe faces demolition

The beach cafe at Coldingham Bay Credit: Robert Fairburn

A cafe that has served an award-winning beach for almost a century is set to be pulled down because of a financial dispute.William Harrison, who has owned the building at Coldingham Bay in Berwickshire for the past 16 years, has been served with an eviction notice by Scottish Borders Council.

He claims to have ploughed £30,000 into the business but the local authority say he has been paying under the odds in rent and has refused to meet their required £1,300 per year.When Mr Harrison took up the lease at Coldingham the rent was set at £525 per annum in 1996.

He agreed to an increase to £550 per annum in 1998 and has refused to accept any rental increrases since then. The council said that in January Mr Harrison offered to pay an increase of £50 per annum to £600 which the council refused.

Now they have issued the eviction notice and told him he has to cease trading by September 30 and dismantle the building.

Coldingham is one of only eight beaches in Scotland to currently have coveted Blue Flag Status.

Walter Powner, who operates the day to day running of the beach cafe, said:

"The building's been here for the best part of 100 years. It's part and parcel of people's experience here and that's before you consider how much Mr Harrison has spent on it, drastically improving the interior."

"We are blessed with a lovely beach here but the cafe itself is a big draw for the people."When it's sunny there's people wandering in and out all the time and when it is raining it's packed with people sheltering from the weather."

Three part time members are set to lose their jobs over the move.A spokesman for Scottish Borders Council said as they were unable to agree a realistic market rental figurefor the site they had taken action to terminate Mr Harrison's lease.

He added:"The council is currently investigating alternative ways of providing continuity in the seasonal catering operation at Coldingham Bay for next season in 2013 but no xdecisions have yet been made."

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