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Grand National winner Ryan Mania to retire immediately

The jockey Ryan Mania has announced his retirement with immediate effect, because of weight struggles.

The town of Galashiels welcomed him home after winning the Grand National Credit: PA

The 25-year-old from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders said he had been struggling for some time to keep his weight down below the accepted limit for races.

It is only eighteen months since he won the Grand National steeplechase on Aurora's Encore.


Van man attacked in Galashiels

A 56-year-old man has been attacked in Galashiels.

According to police around 1pm on 10th November the victim, a mail delivery driver, was standing next to his van parked on St John Street. He was approached by a man who demanded he hand over the keys to the van and when the victim refused he was assaulted to the face. The suspect then ran off.

The suspect is described as:

  • White
  • Between 25 to 35-years-old
  • Shoulder length straggly, dirty looking hair with stubble on his face
  • Wearing a white hooded top, blue jeans and black trainers and smelling of alcohol.

Police are now appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact Police Scotland immediately.

MP welcomes new Borders rail tracks

The Borders Railway rail installation team in action as the rails cross into the Scottish Borders Credit: Borders Railway

Borders MP Michael Moore welcomed news last week that the first rails tracks were laid in the Borders for the new Borders railway.

The rails were laid at Cakemuir Burn on Wednesday 5th November as part of the 30 mile Edinburgh to Galashiels route. The railway is due to open in September 2015.

Read: Track enters Borders for first time in 45 years

“I have campaigned for many years to bring the railway back to the Borders so it’s great to hear that the first tracks were laid in the Borders last week.

I will continue to work closely with the Council and Network Rail to ensure the Borders gets the best service possible on the railway and that it delivers tangible benefits to our economy and the tourism trade.”


Galashiels flood scheme opened

Paul Wheelhouse MSP and David Parker join local councillors at the flood defence scheme Credit: ITV Border

A flood defence scheme in Galashiels had been officially opened by Scottish Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP and Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker.

The £3.6million project will protect the town centre from flooding from the Gala Water.


Truck traps construction worker

A construction worker on the Borders Railway was airlifted to hospital after he was trapped by his overturned truck.

The accident happened as part of a 35-mile track was being laid at Torwoodlee near Galashiels, on Tuesday afternoon (4th November).

Fire fighters had to cut the man free as the lorry was on its side. He was then taken by helicopter to Borders General Hospital. Although badly shaken by the incident, he was found to have suffered only extensive bruising.

The £295 million Borders to Edinburgh railway is scheduled to reopen in September next year.

Preparing for arrivals in Galashiels

Preparations for Galashiels as Waverley rail line reopens next year Credit: ITV News Border

Business leaders, MSPs and councillors will be be shown how Galashiels is gearing up for the arrival of the new Waverley rail line.

An integrated transport network is being created to ensure that people can link their train journeys to other modes of transport. They'll also look at how local businesses will benefit once the £350 million line is opened.

It's due to be completed by next summer.

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