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Second person arrested in Galashiels drugs bust

Police Scotland says a second person has been arrested and charged with drug offences in the Scottish Borders as part of the ongoing Operation Gatekeeper.

Dealer quantities of heroin were recovered during a police rain at an address in Galashiels on Monday, March 28. A number of diazepam tablets and other drug related items were also found.

A 28-year-old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and appear in court at a later date.

Operation Gatekeeper was launched to tackle all forms of drug crime across the Scottish Borders and actively target those responsible for the production and distribution of harmful substances.

Once again, vital information from the public resulted in the successful recovery of heroin and a male will face drug charges at court.

We will continue to work alongside our relevant partner agencies and local communities to identify those responsible for drug crime and bring them to justice.

– Detective Inspector David Fyvie from the Lothians and Scottish Borders Proactive Unit

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal for witnesses following Borders blaze

Fire crews at the scene of the Galashiels blaze Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for information following a fire in Galashiels.

Emergency services were called at around 5pm on Friday to tackle the blaze in the Old Gala Abattoir on Winston Road.

Fire crews and five engines were at the scene until late in the evening and police say the incident is being treated as suspicious.

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

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Firefighters tackle Galashiels blaze

Fire crews at the scene of the blaze Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters are tackling a blaze Galashiels.

Emergency services were called to the old abattoir on Winston Road just after 5pm this evening.

Five fire engines and an ambulance are currently at the scene.

Firefighters tackle the fire Credit: ITV Border

Man in court charged with murder of Galashiels pensioner

David Farish. Credit: Police Scotland.

A pensioner from Galashiels has made a private second court appearance charged with the murder of a 75-year-old Tweedbank man.

Richard Cassidy, who is 68, is accused of stabbing David Farish to death with a knife at his home in Broadlee Bank, on Tuesday, February 16.

The body of Mr Farish was discovered two days later on the Thursday following an anonymous phone call to police.

Cassidy, whose address was given as no fixed abode, made no plea or declaration and he was fully committed for trial.

He was remanded in custody by Sheriff Peter Paterson.

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