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Hawick ready to kick-start Common Riding season

It's that time of the year again when the common ridings and riding of the marches take place across the south of Scotland.

Each town across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway has their own traditions dating back hundreds of years.

They all feature a cavalcade of horses and riders checking the boundaries of the town for potential invaders.

Hawick is the first of the season and takes place tomorrow. Lori Carnochan reports:


Man remanded in custody after drugs raid in Hawick

Two people have been arrested. Credit: ITV Border

A man has been remanded in custody, and a woman is due to appear in court, after around £15,000 of drugs were seized in Hawick.

During a police raid, ecstacy, cocaine and cannabis were found, along with drug paraphernalia and a four-figure sum of cash, at three addresses in Chay Blyth Place, McLagan Drive and Bridgehouse.

A large amount of clothing and footwear, believed to be counterfeit, was also removed and sent for further examination.

A 53-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The man appeared at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday 5 June and was remanded in custody, while the woman will appear at a later date.

WATCH: Tartan makes a unique return to Hawick

A tartan produced uniquely for the town of Hawick in the 1990s has been given a re-launch, with the hopes that it could breathe some new life into the local economy.

The company behind the tartan has teamed up with a number of local organisations to give it the best chance of success.

Watch as Lori Carnochan reports from the launch:


Scottish Borders Council currently designing Hawick flood protection scheme

The Scottish Borders Council say community discussions will take place next year Credit: SBC

The Scottish Borders Council says the flood protection scheme in Hawick is currently in its outline design phase. The council says this is aimed at proving a flood protection scheme is feasible and can be delivered within the town.

If successful, the project will move on to the detailed design stage, ensuring every aspect of the project will be defined, allowing contractors to price the works in 2018/19.

Discussions between the council and the community is expected to take place next year. The council will seek feedback on the development of the project as well as traffic management ahead of the public ahead of the works.

Appeal after 'despicable' theft of wheelchair

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/PA Images

Police are appealing for witnesses after the "despicable" theft of a mobility wheelchair in Hawick.

It was taken from a home in Backdamgate at some time between 7pm on 6 April and 8:30am on 7 April.

The offender is believed to have entered via an insecure door, and taken the wheelchair from the stairwell.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

This is a despicable theft and the actions of those responsible have significantly impacted on the day to day life of the owner

I'm asking anyone who was in the area between these times or believe they can assist police with the investigation to come forward as soon as possible.

– Police Constable James Watt of Hawick Police Station

WATCH: Hawick rugby club appoint new head coach

Hawick Rugby Club have announced that Darren Cunningham will be their new Head Coach.

Cunningham has been in charge of Jedforest and Kelso in recent times, but replacing Nikki Walker at Hawick could be his biggest challenge yet.

Hawick's future in the Premiership league is uncertain, as they finished second from bottom this season.

They have to beat Edinburgh Accies in a play-off match on 29 April at Lasswade, to survive in the top flight of Scottish Club Rugby.

Cunningham told ITV Border of his pride at being given the Hawick job, and said he wants to make them a "dominant force" once again.

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