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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.

Scrabble king fails to take crown

A scrabble enthusiast from the Scotitsh Borders has been beaten in the final of the UK Scrabble championships in London.

Allan Simmons from Coldingham was pipped at the post by his main rival from Northamptonshire.

It means he missed out on the prize money of 2 and a half thousand pounds but has promised to come back next year to reclaim his title.

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Beach cafe saved

Coldingham Beach cafe Credit: ITV Border

The beach cafe at Coldingham Bay has been saved for the next three years after a local resident came forward to buy it.

It was threatened with closure by the council but a campaign to save the iconic cafe attracted more than 3000 signatures.

One of those campaigners Walter Powner, has now stepped forward to buy the cafe from the previous owner and run it for the next three years.Local MSP John Lamont, who helped present the petition to save the café to the Scottish Borders Council, expressed his relief at the news:

“I am very grateful for Walter Powner stepping in to save the café. While the previous owner was unable to commit to a three year lease, he has decided to take it on and it means that the café will remain on Coldingham Beach for the immediate future.

"The café has become a key part of Coldingham, helping the beach to become one of just eight in Scotland to achieve the coveted Blue Flag status. It's grown to be loved by everyone who has visited the beach since it opened nearly a century ago, as shown by the support received for the petition."