Concerns for future of Borders only disability centre
The town of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders has been given the first ever Safer Town Centre Award in Scotland.
Crime has nearly halved in an area of Galashiels since the start of a community programme 2 years ago.
Hundreds of spectators lined the banks as horses and riders forded the River Tweed at Abbotsford for the Braw Lads Gathering in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.
The ride will continue back into the Old Town for a ceremony to celebrate the town's history.
A suspicious fire in the Borders has urged Police Scotland to warn youngsters about the dangers of hanging around derelict buildings.
Officers were called to a building on Roxburgh Street in Galashiels at about 7:05pm on Sunday 15 June.
Police believe the old Murray and Burrell Ltd building has recently been used by a gang of youths as a den.
– Tony Hodges, North Community Policing Area Inspector, Police Scotland
“Parents and youngsters must be alert to the dangers of entering building sites, derelict buildings and unused business premises. There are several hidden problems within these properties and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured as a result.
“We would urge anyone who saw something suspicious in and around Roxburgh Street on Sunday evening to get in touch immediately."
Enquiries are still ongoing. If you have any information Police Scotland can be contacted on 101.
Construction work has begun in a £5.2 million Galashiels Transport Interchange.
It will connect the Borders Railway with a new bus station as well as directing people on foot into the centre of the town.
The project started in September 2013 with re-routing of Stirling Street, making improvements to the riverside walkway and building a new car park.
It's expected the building phase will take over a year.
– David Parker, SBC Leader
“I am delighted to see the start of the works for the Galashiels Transport Interchange.
The Transport Interchange will be a landmark building for Borderers and visitors travelling to and from the Borders Railway next year.
Its connection to the new bus station ties into the Council’s long term aim to promote better connections between all means of sustainable transport.”
Work gets underway today on a multi-million pound project to improve transport links in and around Galashiels.
The Transport Interchange will connect the new Borders Railway with a new bus station, as well as encouraging people into the town centre.
A police officer who died in a road accident yesterday has been named.
He was Constable Mark Murtagh, who was based at Galashiels Police station. He was travelling to work on his motorbike when he was involved in a collision with a bus near Earlston.
The police are still investigating what happened and are appealing for witnesses. His family say he was a loving husband and devoted father.
An Italian barber in Galashiels has been crowned Scotland's best barber - but he's after the title to be Britain's best.
Luigi Caterino will compete against seven others for the title next month.
Jenny Longden reports.
A 17-year-old male has been rushed to hospital after being knocked down by a car in Galashiels town centre.
The incident happened in St John Street when he was struck by a Ford Fiesta heading in the direction of Bank Street shortly after 1pm.
He was taken to Borders General Hospital where his injuries are described as "serious".
Luigi Caterino will compete to become Britain's best barber against eight other expert wet-shavers next month.
The Italian barber, who lives in Galashiels, has already won the Scottish title.
An Italian barber who lives in Galashiels is to attempt to become Britain's best barber, after winning the Scottish title.
Luigi Caterino will compete against eight other expert wet-shavers next month.
A special story-telling session is set to take place this week in Galashiels Library.
The event, for young children and their parents or carers, is being organised in conjunction with Scottish Borders Libraries.
The Big Lunch project hopes to encourage neighbours to get to know one another.
The children will enjoy a sing-song session, a party picnic and a reading from 'George and Flora's Big Party'.
The event will take place at Galashiels Library, Lawyers Brae on Thursday, 24 April from 10am.