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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.


Police investigate hate crime in Hawick

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Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following racially aggravated abuse in Hawick at 11pm last night, Wednesday 29.

A 21-year-old man was walking along the road from the top of Baker Street when an unknown man shouted racially aggravated abuse at him.

The suspect is described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, and is between 5ft 7inches - 6ft tall,.

He has red/blonde short hair, and a stocky build, and was wearing a red/orange coloured hoodie.

Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

For this young man to be subject to such unprovoked abuse as he went about his daily business is shocking.

"This behaviour is absolutely unacceptable in our community and I'd urge anyone who witnessed this incident, or has information which can help with our enquiries, to come forward."

– Inspector Mike Bennett

Hawick soldiers' efforts in Gallipoli remembered

Private Richard Domingo from Hawick lost his life in the Gallipoli landings Credit: Iain Domingo

Hundreds of men from regiments in Cumbria and southern Scotland participated in the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.

More than 40,000 allied troops were killed in the battle, including Private Richard Domingo from Hawick.

His grandson is one of many in the region commemorating the 100th anniversary of the event this weekend.


Hawick businesses plan to halt High Street's decline

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Businesses in Hawick will be meeting in the coming weeks to decide how to halt the decline of the town's High Street.

A group called 'Future Hawick' was set up last October and has now been given £30,000 from Scottish Borders Council to fund improvements.

Local businesses will be looking at the best way to spend the money.

Supporters travel far for Hawick RFC

Craig with his wife and daughter with the Cup in 2002 Credit: ITV Border

A man who played for Hawick RFC when they won the 2002 BT Cup Final has flown in from New Zealand for a surprise visit to see them try and repeat the feat 13 years later.

Craig Dunlea flew 12,000 miles from Christchurch to Hawick specially to watch his team in this weekend's match.

He told ITV Border he couldn't miss his rugby team's big moment and can't wait for the final.

Twenty buses are expected to head up to Murryfield from the town, full of supporters cheering their boys on.

Scotland and British and Irish Lions' fullback Stuart Hogg is also expected to be in attendance to back his home town club.

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