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Riders ford the Tweed for Braw Lads Gathering

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.

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The Braw Lads Gathering has been held annually since 1930
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The horses and riders ford the River Tweed towards Abbotsford
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The ride commemorates the date Gala lads killed English raiders in 1337

Suspicious fire prompts police warning

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.

“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."

– Tony Hodges, North Community Policing Area Inspector, Police Scotland

Enquiries are still ongoing. If you have any information Police Scotland can be contacted on 101.


Work begins on £5.2million Transport Interchange

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.

“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.”

– David Parker, SBC Leader

Motorbike crash police officer named

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.

PC Mark Murtagh, who died in a motorbike crash on his way to work. Credit: Police Scotland

The police are still investigating what happened and are appealing for witnesses. His family say he was a loving husband and devoted father.


Man hit by car in Galashiels

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".

Big Lunch at Galashiels Library

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.

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