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Post Office Robbery: Second Court appearance

A Hawick man has made a second court appearance in connection with a robbery at a Galashiels post office.

David Connolly, 30, is charged with assault to injury and robbery.

It follows an incident at the Gala Park Post Office in Balmoral Place, Galashiels, on Tuesday 2nd September when almost £3,000 was stolen.

Connolly made no plea or declaration during a private hearing at Selkirk Sheriff Court and was fully committed for trial.

He was remanded in custody until the next court date which still has to be confirmed.

Young people encouraged to register to vote in referendum

Young people are being reminded to register to vote Credit: ITV border

Young people in the South of Scotland are being encouraged to vote in the upcoming Scottish independence referendum.

The vote on September 18th is the first UK poll that 16 and 17 year old's can take part in.

But they are being reminded to register first so they are able to vote.

A drop-in session has been held in Galashiels to help people register if they are first time voters.

You are more likely to vote if you start when you are younger, it is a habit you pick up and carry through your whole life. You are more likely to vote in General Elections, so it is a great opportunity that everyone should take.

– Finlay Duff, Scottish Youth Parliament


Drop-in for young voters in Galashiels

A drop-in session is being held for young people and first time voters in the Scottish Borders ahead of the Scottish Referendum.

It is the first UK poll in which 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote.

On Saturday 23rd August advice will be given about registering to vote will be given to first time voters in Galashiels Market Square from 11am - 4pm.

Scottish Borders Abattoir Ltd fined after employee's death

The owners of a Galashiels slaughterhouse have been fined £100,000 after being found guilty of two health and safety breaches following the death of an employee.

Meat porter David Barker from Selkirk died in an accident at the Winston Road premises in January 2011.

A jury trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard how the 48-year-old was in a storage container loosening the fixings of a steel partition door which collapsed and trapped him by the neck, resulting in his death.

Scottish Borders Abattoir Ltd. was found guilty of failing to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety of Mr Barker.

The company was also found guilty by the jury of failing to carry out a risk assessment for the task between January 5, 2011, and January 19, 2011.

Defence lawyer Susan Duff QC told the jury Mr Barker had only been asked by the company's management to remove boxes from the container so that an assessment of the partition removal could take place and he had been acting without anyone's knowledge by unscrewing the fastenings.

But, after two hours of deliberation, the jury returned majority guilty verdicts on both charges.

A third charge of failing to carry out risk assessments between August 2006 and January 2011 for tasks unrelated to food management safety at the abattoir was dropped by the Crown during the trial.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond imposed a fine of £100,000 to cover both offences.


LATEST: Galashiels toddler dies in hotel swimming pool

A 40-year-old woman from the Scottish Borders remains in police custody this evening, following the death of a toddler in a swimming pool.

The three-year-old girl from Galashiels died in hospital after being pulled out of the water at a hotel in St Anne's in Lancashire.

The woman is being held on suspicion of murder and neglect but Police have stressed the child's death is being treated as unexplained. Investigations are continuing.

Ralph Blunsom has been following the story and sent this report from the scene.

Toddler's death is being treated as 'unexplained'

The death of a three-year-old girl from Galashiels is being treated by police as unexplained.

Police in Blackpool are continuing their investigation after the toddler drowned at the Dalmeny Hotel, in St Anne's yesterday, Thursday 14 August.

“We are treating this tragic incident as an unexplained death and are continuing to investigate just how the child has come into difficulties in the pool.

“Our thoughts remain with the child’s family at this sad time.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Dean Holden, Lancashire Constabulary

A Home Office post-mortem will take place in due course to establish the cause of death and a 40-year-old woman from Galashiels remains in police custody. She was arrested suspicion of murder and child neglect.

It's thought the girl was on holiday in the Blackpool area.

She was pulled out of the pool by a member of the public who tried to save her, before being taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and then to Manchester Children's Hospital where she passed away. Watch: Witness tried to save toddler from pool.

Witness tried to save toddler from pool

Carole Greenwood says she resuscitated the toddler at the side of the pool at the Dalmeny Hotel in St Anne's, Lancashire.

She was using the pool yesterday morning, Thursday 14 August, and when she came out of the changing rooms and saw the little girl at the bottom of the pool.

As a trained lifesaver she dived in to save her. She says her training kicked in and she did all she could.

Police say the three-year-old is from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.

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