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Hawick youngsters raise £21,000

Callum and Finn have raised thousands for charity Credit: ITV Border

Two cousins aged just 11 and 9 have raised more than £21,000 for charity

Callum Murray from Hawick and his cousin Finn ran 100 miles in 100 days to help buy toys and treats for children in hospital.

Callum was diagnosed with AML leukaemia four years ago and is now in remission

Man arrested in connection with pink tablet illnesses

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A 19-year old man from Hawick has been arrested in connection with an incident which has led to 9 youngsters being treated in hospital after apparently consuming an as yet unidentified pink coloured tablet.

All of those treated at Border General Hospital are from Hawick.

A 19-year-old will appear in Jedburgh Sheriff Court in connection with the matter on Monday 24 August 2015.

Inspector John Reid said:

at this stage we are still seeking the help of the local community to ensure that the message about the dangers associated with anyone taking non-prescribed medication is getting circulated as widely as possible, and in particular the dangers associated with this pink coloured tablet which appears to be very potent, and has caused these young people to fall ill.

I would again ask anyone who may have taken one of these tablets and who feels unwell, or indeed knows of anyone becoming unwell as a result of taking one, to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. I would also ask that anyone who can assist in the ongoing investigation to contact Police Scotland through our non emergency 101 number, or if they want to remain anonymous, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Inspector John Reid, Police Scotland

Man rescued from Hawick flat fire

Two fire crews were called to help. Credit: PA

A man has been rescued from a burning flat on Hawick High Street shortly before the roof collapsed.

Two fire crews were called out to the fire shortly before 10pm on Thursday 9 July.

More crews and a height appliance were called in to assist with the blaze, which was described as "well developed".

The man was treated for smoke inhalation.


Row over Hawick ward boundaries

A row has broken out in the Scottish Borders over plans to redefine council ward boundaries. Under the proposals, rural areas surrounding Hawick have been included in a new Jedburgh ward.

Local people say it will break long standing ties to areas, including an historic battleground that shapes Hawick's annual Common Riding festival. Jenny Longden reports.

Memorial match for Borders teenager raises more than £6,000

More than a thousand people were at the match Credit: ITV Border

A Memorial football match held in memory of a Hawick teenager has raised more than £6,000 for charity.

Dale Whillans died in a car accident near Ancrum last month.

On Friday, more than a thousand people attended a game organised in his honour at the Albert Park in Hawick.

During his life, the 18-year-old played in three local football teams, and some of his team mates joined his friends for the match, which saw the Dale's XI beat the West End All Stars 3-2.

His best friend Steven Drummond organised the event and told ITV Border the turnout was a testament to Dale.

"As I came out from the changing room and onto the pitch, looking up to the stands and round the stadium it made me so proud and made me realise how well liked and respected Dale was in this town and how big an event this actually was.

On behalf of all his family and closest of friends I would like to again thank everyone for all there generosity and kindness towards this event, from donating raffle prizes, donating money and sending messages of support.

This last month has shown how supportive the Scottish Borders and far afield can be.

Raising over £6,000 is testament to Dale and sums up how much he meant to everyone.

Once again thank you all very much, the money raised will go towards getting a memorial bench made and hopefully setting up a Trust in memory of Dale so future events can be organised, and to the thousands that came I hope this day will be remembered for a long, long time."

– Steven Drummond
All the players wore Dale's favourite number Credit: ITV Border

Borders soldier cleared of murder

A soldier from Hawick has been cleared of murder for a second time following an investigation into the shooting of an Iraqi civilian more than a decade ago.

The British Army cleared Barry Singleton, 34, following a two-year investigation into the incident in 2005, but last December it emerged that that he was facing a further murder probe into the shooting which took place in Basra in 2003.

Singleton serving with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers,when he fired 12 shots into the vehicle at a roadside checkpoint after the driver sped off when challenged. He then administered first aid to the dying Iraqi.

The KOSB's 12-week tour of Iraq ended three months after the incident and it was then that the army arrested Singleton and investigated his actions.

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