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'Suspicious' barn fire in Scottish Borders

The fire happened at a farm near Earlston. Credit: ITV Border

A barn fire at a farm in the Scottish Borders is being treated as suspicious by police.

It happened between 6:15pm and 7:15pm on yesterday, near Purveshaugh Farm on the B6397, close to Earlston.

Police and fire services were called and the blaze was brought under control.

No people or livestock were harmed but substantial damage has been caused to the barn, including the roof collapsing.

This has been a substantial fire in an area that contains livestock and is well used by agricultural workers.

We believe the fire to be suspicious and are asking for the public’s help in tracing those responsible.

I would ask that anyone was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious to please get in touch as soon as possible by contacting Police Scotland on 101.

– Inspector Alistair Hutchens of Melrose Police Station

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Vandals target Earlston Primary School

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after vandals caused damage to Earlston Primary School.

A section of the outside wall was spray-painted with graffiti, during the incident which took place between 10pm on Wednesday 27th October and 8.30am on Thursday 28th October.

“Such incidents of vandalism are extremely disappointing and can have an adverse affect on the local community.

“I would ask anyone who was in the area of the school and who noticed any suspicious activity around the time of this incident to come forward to police.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively information can be passed anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111."

– Constable David Ross, Duns Police Station

Thefts in Earlston

There were a number of thefts from cars in Earlston on Tuesday and Wednesday Credit: PA

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following a number of thefts from cars in Earlston.

The thefts occurred over the night of Tuesday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 21 when four cars were forcibly entered.

Two of the vehicles were parked on the High Street, one parked in Thornbank, while a further vehicle was parked on Haughead Avenue.

A large number of electrical tools were stolen from one of the vehicles.

Police are eager to trace a red vehicle, which was seen in the local area last night, which may be connected to the thefts.

“We are eager to speak to anyone who may have information about these incidents.

“Anyone with private CCTV covering these streets is also asked to contact police, which will allow us to further our enquiries.”

– PC Michael Norrie

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mortar shell explosion in Earlston

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a mortar shell in the Scottish Borders.

Police discovered an unexploded mortar shell at an address in Haughhead Avenue in Earlston yesterday, Monday 21 July.

The item was examined by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit before being taken to a nearby field, where a controlled explosion was carried out.

Police Scotland say there was no danger to the public at any time.

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Fresh drugs swoop in Borders

Another seven people have been arrested in the biggest anti-drugs campaign in the Borders for more than 5 years.

It brings the total number of arrests to 38, with quantities of heroin and other drugs being seized from properties.

Police have raided homes in Earlston, Hawick and Galashiels in the last week.

The campaign, named Operation Goal, is aimed at targeting street level drug dealers.