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The first train reaching Galashiels in over forty years Credit: ITV Border

The first train in over forty years arrived in Galashiels as the Borders Railway line reached the centre of the town.

The track being built Credit: ITV Border

Construction will continue over the next few months until the line reaches Tweedbank, where it will end.

Workers on the line in Galashiels Credit: ITV Border

It is is due to open on September 6

Borders Railway reaches Galashiels

Track laying on the new Borders Railway line has reached the centre of Galashiels Credit: ITV Border

More than forty years after services on the Waverley Line ended, the first train has returned to Galashiels.

Track laying on the new Borders Railway line has reached the centre of the town.

The line, which will eventually end at Tweedbank, is due to open on September 6.

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Two charged following thefts in Galashiels

Police in the Borders arrested and charged two people following thefts in Galashiels Credit: PA

A man and woman have been arrested and charged following two thefts in Galashiels.

The thefts, from two commercial properties, occurred on Tuesday and Friday last week.

The man is 27 years old, and the woman is 17 years old.

They were arrested after stolen items from both premises were found in a property in Galashiels.

The property was searched after information was given to the police by the public.

Appeal after Galashiels break-in

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following a break-in and theft from a property in Galashiels.

The incident happened around 2:20am on January 30 in Gala Park when a ma was seen forcing entry into a property.

The suspect is thin and 5ft 9inches tall.

“The suspect was last seen on Victoria Street heading towards Lintburn Street and we would urge anyone who may have seen him, or who recognises his description, to come forward.”

– Inspector Tony Hodges

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Four charged following assault and robbery in Galashiels

Four men have been charged following an assault and robbery in Galashiels Credit: PA

Four men have been charged following an assault and robbery at a property in Galashiels.

A 24-year-old man was threatened with a knife before being robbed at an address in Larchbank Street in the very early hours of Tuesday morning.

The men, aged between 17 and 27, will appear in court at a later date.

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Appeal for witnesses to Galashiels' break-in

Police are appealing for witnesses to a break-in at a LA Beauty in Galashiels Credit: PA

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses to a break-in at a hairdressers in Galashiels.

The incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning at LA Beauty on Elm Row.

The break-in happened at around 1.30am and a number of items were taken from within.

The suspect was wearing a black puffa jacket and was last seen heading in the direction of the town centre.

Officers are now asking for anyone who can help with their enquiries to contact Police Scotland.

Businesses to hear of Borders Railway benefits

The Borders Railway will open in September. Credit: ITV Border

Businesses have been invited to a meeting to hear about the potential economic benefits of the new Borders Railway.

The meeting takes place in Galashiels today, and it's being held by Abellio, the company that will operate the railway when it opens in September.

Hill walker thanks rescue teams

Lynda Teall has thanked the rescue teams that came to her aid Credit: GNAAS

A hill walker who fell in the Lake District has thanked the rescue teams that came to her aid.

Lynda Teall, 63, has thanked Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and the Great North Air Ambulance Service, who arrived on the scene at St.John's in the Vale on December 28.

She fell and broke her ankle in three places Credit: GNAAS

"From the moment both teams arrived, almost simultaneously, I knew I was in the safest and most competent of hands"

– Lynda Teall
She was airlifted to a hospital in Carlisle Credit: GNAAS

She had broken her ankle in three places after slipping in wintry conditions, and has also praised the hospital that she was airlifted to in Carlisle.

"It wasn't long before I was in hospital at Carlisle where I received the best medical attention anyone could wish for"

– Lynda Teall

She called the efforts of the services 'selfless' and has made a donation to both charities to help with future rescue efforts.

The Great North Air Ambulance has since thanked her in return.

The Great North Air Ambulance has thanked Ms Teal for her donation Credit: GNAAS

"We want to thank Lynda for her donation and kind words about our team.

We rely on public support to keep our service flying"

– Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS
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