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Police appeal after 'shocking' post office robbery

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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

Councillors welcome Great Tapestry decision

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The Leader of Scottish Borders Council says he is "delighted" that the Great Tapestry of Scotland will be permanently stationed in the Borders.

Councillors voted for Galashiels as the new home for the giant artwork.

It means a visitor centre will be created for the community arts project which councillors say has the potential to deliver a "successful tourism and regeneration proposition."

“I am delighted such a nationally and internationally important arts project is coming to the Borders.

Councillors were presented with a report that set out the details of a comprehensive due diligence process.

“That process has convinced the Scottish Government to provide £2.5m and we hope the proposal will benefit from enhanced support from a range of other funders.

“Notably, the proposal has a wide range of significant community support.

"The Galashiels option provides greater flexibility for educational and community uses within an affordable, deliverable and well located site.

“It means a world-class tourist attraction can be provided in this town centre location, close to the new Borders Railway and benefiting from excellent road links.

– David Parker, Leader, Scottish Borders Council

The decision by Councillors to go with the former Post Office and Poundstretcher buildings in Galashiels as the site of the Tapestry also means the Scottish Government’s previous £2.5million funding pledge is confirmed. In total, the project will cost £6.7 million.

“I welcome today’s decision by Scottish Borders Council, which opens up the ambitious prospect of a new home for the Great Tapestry aligned with the broader tourism, regeneration and community benefits to Galashiels and beyond.

" The Scottish Government continues to earmark £2.5m for this project and I look forward to seeing progress with the next stages of its development.”

– Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

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Galashiels chosen as home for Great Tapestry

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Councillors in the Scottish Borders have agreed that the Great Tapestry of Scotland will be displayed in Galashiels.

Councillors voted 26 to 7 in favour of Galashiels.

Tweedbank had initially been earmarked to hold the giant artwork, when it was put forward by the former First Minister Alex Salmond in 2014.

However, Scottish Borders Council has decided that Galashiels would be the most suitable place.

The location of where it will be displayed is not yet confirmed. It's estimated that it will cost around £6.7 million to build a new site for the artwork.

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Missing man's body found in Galashiels

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Police have found the body of a 58-year-old missing man in the Winston Road area of Galashiels.

An extensive search was carried out in the area, beginning on Wednesday 14 December, and the man's body was found near the railway bridge at 2:30am the following morning.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the man's death and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Our thoughts are with the man's family at this time.

– Police Scotland statement


Gala pop-up shop opens in aid of Rowan Boland Trust

Rowan Boland Credit: Boland family

A charity pop-up shop in Galashiels is raising money to help young sports stars in the Scottish Borders.

The Rowan Boland Memorial Trust was set up after 9-year-old Rowan Boland died suddenly at Gala Cricket Club in 2010. The young sport enthusiast had an underlying heart condition.

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His family now focus on helping young people from the Borders to realise their dreams.

Patrons of the charity include Scotland rugby stars Greig Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg, and Grand National winner Ryan Mania.

Dave Boland explains more about his hopes for the charity:

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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