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First branded hotel could open in Galashiels

The company is planning to expand into Galashiels. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/PA Images

Travelodge has announced it's planning to build a new hotel in Galashiels, which would be the town's first branded hotel.

The company is looking at 21 sites across Scotland.

If it was to build hotels in all of these locations, this would represent a £100 million investment, and could create 400 new jobs across the country.

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Scottish Borders charity to benefit from Lottery funding

The charity will help people after pregnancy. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire/PA Images

A Scottish Borders charity is set to receive £150,000 from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland.

The money will help expand their services for women with post-natal depression.

PND Borders, in Galashiels, will be able to open creche facilities and provide more therapeutic events.

It's hoped it will help 165 women over three years.

Police appeal after 'shocking' post office robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after a "shocking" robbery at a post office in Galashiels.

At around 7:30am this morning, a man armed with a weapon (not a firearm), threatened and then assaulted a staff member at the Post Office in Balmoral Place.

A 61-year-old man came into the shop as the robbery was happening, and intervened, however the suspect escaped with money and cigarettes from the shop, as well as the other customer's wallet and mobile phone.

The suspect is described as white, in his early 20s, and was wearing black trousers, a black top, light pink trainers and a black scarf covering his face.

This was a shocking attack. It was vicious and the member of staff sustained a serious head injury during the attack. He was taken by ambulance to the Borders General Hospital where he was treated and has since been released.

The Post Office is a busy place, as is Gala Park where the suspect made off towards, so I would appeal to anyone who saw the attack and who hasn’t already spoken to police, or anyone who can assist officers with their enquiries to contact Scottish Borders CID via 101 or alternatively, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.

– Detective Constable Andrew Hope, Borders CID
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