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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.

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.

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