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Davis Cup visits the Borders

Credit: Tennis Scotland

The Davis Cup will be in the Scottish Borders today as part of a national tour.

The famous tennis trophy will be on display at the Borders Tennis Centre in Galashiels from 10am, where members of the public will have a chance to have their picture taken with it.

Only 50 tennis clubs across the UK were chosen for the tour, and it's hoped that young tennis players in the Borders will be inspired by Team GB's historic triumph in the tournament.

Successful day for Borders bikers safety event

There was a good turnout for the event Credit: ITV Border

Organiners of the Borders bikers safety day say the event has followed on from the success of last year.

It's expected that all 20 places will have been taken for the Skill for Life course, taught by the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

The course was being offered free of charge to motorcyclists who took part in some tuition and who wanted to develop their riding skills.

Talking through the features of a safety helmet Credit: ITV Border

Throughout the day, bikers were given 30 minute one-to-one tuition by qualified instructors. They were also shown the latest in safety equipment, as well as gaining more information about what advanced safety courses are available.

"It's really just all about road safety and encouraging them to learn how to read the road properly so that they're safe for themselves and other road users.

"We're really passionate about our activity and really looking to help build on the success of last year and get more motorcyclists out there being safer."

– Andrea Pogson, IAM
One-to-one tuition Credit: ITV Border

The safety day was a partnership between Scottish Borders Council, the IAM and Borders Group of Advanced Motorcyclists.

Motorbike safety day in Galashiels

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Bikers from across the Borders are being given the chance of a free Institute of Advanced Motorists Skill for Life course today.

There are 20 place available at the Borders Bikers open day, being held at Galashiels Fire Station.

It follows on from the success of the open day last year, which saw all 20 places filled.

Skill for Life courses for motorcyclists encourages bikers to ride defensively and sharpen their riding skills.

The programme teaches five phases of advanced riding - information, position, speed, gear and acceleration.

Although people on motorbikes only account for 1% of road users across the Borders, 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve a biker.

"Any initiative that has the potential to reduce the number of deaths on our roads involving motorcyclists is worth supporting."

– Paul Richardson, Safety Officer, Scottish Borders Council

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.

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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