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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.

Man 'kicked to ground' in Hawick

Police are appealing. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses, after a man was "kicked to the ground" in Hawick.

At around 2pm on 24 March, the 33-year-old man was walking on a footpath leading from Chay Blyth Place down to the Old Railway Line, close to Wilton Cemetery, when he was confronted.

The other man kicked him, knocking him to the ground, and then walked off towards Hawick town centre in the company of two other men.

This seems to have been an unprovoked assault and while the victim was not seriously injured, this was an upsetting incident for him.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious is asked to come forward to police.

– Constable Calum Wilson from Hawick Police Station


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