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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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PHOTO: Armistice Day in Galashiels

Servicemen and women who fought and died for their country were honoured in Galashiels today.

Crowds gathered to pay tribute, and lay tributes at the memorial beneath the clock tower:

Armistice Day in Galashiels. Credit: ITV Border
Armistice Day in Galashiels. Credit: ITV Border
Armistice Day in Galashiels. Credit: ITV Border
Armistice Day in Galashiels. Credit: ITV Border
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