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Supporters travel far for Hawick RFC

Craig with his wife and daughter with the Cup in 2002 Credit: ITV Border

A man who played for Hawick RFC when they won the 2002 BT Cup Final has flown in from New Zealand for a surprise visit to see them try and repeat the feat 13 years later.

Craig Dunlea flew 12,000 miles from Christchurch to Hawick specially to watch his team in this weekend's match.

He told ITV Border he couldn't miss his rugby team's big moment and can't wait for the final.

Twenty buses are expected to head up to Murryfield from the town, full of supporters cheering their boys on.

Scotland and British and Irish Lions' fullback Stuart Hogg is also expected to be in attendance to back his home town club.

Love rat

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A man from Portling has been fined £710 after releasing rats into the home of his partner, who has a rodent phobia.

Lee Thompson's wife had taken court action to evict him from their home.

To retaliate, he bought the two rats and put them in the attic of the house in Caulstran Road, in Dumfries

Their presence was discovered after his wife and a relative heard scuttling coming from the attic and found rat food and a pan of water.

In the court, Thompson admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a person fear or alarm by putting the rats on the property in May last year.

He was also originally accused of placing dead fish under carpets and behind skirting board, but fiscal depute Jennifer McGill deleted that from the charge.

She told the court that the couple had been married 12 years but the relationship broke down a month prior to the offence.

Ann Thompson then took legal action to have her husband removed from the house and within hours he went to the pet shop and bought the rats.

When Mrs Thompson returned with a friend to the house later they found empty boxes from the pet shop with literature about caring for rats.

Solicitor Carolyn Priestley said the relationship had now resumed and the couple were back living together and working things out.

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