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Woman, 85, seriously injured in Galashiels robbery

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Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses after an 85-year-old woman was assaulted and robbed in Galashiels.

It happened around midday on Saturday on Croft Street near to Greenbank Street.

The woman is in hospital with serious injuries.

Police say the suspect was male and was wearing a dark grey hooded top with the hood up. He ran down Greenbank Street in the direction of the Croft Street flats carrying the beige handbag.

Officers are asking anyone who witnessed the robbery to come forward.

They are particularly keen to speak to a man who ran after the suspect through the passage towards Greenbank Street.

This robbery has left an elderly lady with serious injuries and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw the robbery or any suspicious behaviour in the area around 12 noon.

Similarly we would like to hear from anyone who can help us trace the suspect who we believe to be local to the area.

– Detective Inspector Paul Batten

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MP in tapestry plea

Artist's impression of new centre for Great Tapestry of Scotland Credit: ITV Border

An MP has written to the Scottish Government demanding that the Great Tapestry of Scotland is given a permanent home in Galashiels town centre.

Callum Kerr - who represents Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk - says that putting it in Galashiels would help to revitalised the town.

“It’s clear that the presence of such a remarkable attraction in the heart of Galashiels could be transformative for the town centre, which is still struggling to recover from long term economic challenges in the retail sector.

“Although the greenfield site at Tweedbank may appear to be the more straight-forward option, I don’t think it offers comparable economic benefits. On the other hand, a site in the heart of Galashiels could kick off a new phase of town centre regeneration.”

– MP Callum Kerr

Galashiels woman six times over alcohol limit

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A woman from Galashiels has admitted to driving whilst being almost six times over the legal alcohol limit.

Martha Eckle, 38, pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to driving on the Melrose by-pass and in Coldingham on July 28th with a breath/alcohol count of 124 microgrammes. The legal limit is 22.

She was given a 16 month disqualification, reduced from 24 months, due to a guilty plea.

Sheriff Peter Paterson also placed her on supervision for two years.

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Work begins on £10 million Borders school

The first sods were cut by pupils. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Work is underway on the new £10 million Langlee Primary school in Galashiels.

Two pupils, Alfie Millar and Faye Kennedy, cut the first sods for the new school, which will be built by McLaughlin and Harvey and is expected to open in summer 2017.

It will be a three storey school with 14 classrooms, a centre for children with severe and complex additional support needs, provision for early learning and childcare, a sports hall and outdoor MUGA pitch.

A new building is now clearly needed and I am delighted to see work start on-site.

The school is important not just to the Langlee community but the whole of Galashiels. I hope it will be a major asset which is well used by pupils as well as local organisations and groups.

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Scottish Borders Council
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