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Scottish Labour's Deputy Leader visits Hawick

Scottish Labour's Deputy Leader Alex Rowley (left) on his visit to Hawick Credit: Barrie Cunning

Scottish Labour's Deputy Leader was in Hawick yesterday to take a look at flood damage and meet local councillors and members of the community.

More than 600 homes in the town had to be evacuated during last month's floods and Alex Rowley MSP met up with some of those affected.

“Having seen the damage first hand it’s pretty clear that the level of damage done by these floods is devastation both on a personal level to those affected and on an economic level for the wider communities.

"We need to evaluate all flood measures that are currently in place, how effective they are and what more needs to be done. I am also clear that local councils cannot be responsible on their own to finance flood defences and I am calling on the Scottish Government to work in partnership with councils to undertake the reviews and make resources available where action is required."

– Alex Rowley MSP, Deputy Leader Scottish Labour

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Assault on Hawick girl aged 14

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Police Scotland are appealing for information following an alleged assault on a 14 year old girl in Hawick at the weekend.

Police are currently investigating the incident which is said to have taken place in the town's Silverbuthall Road on Friday at around 10.20 pm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Car accident leaves Scottish Borders homes without power

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car crashed into an electricity pole, leaving homes and businesses in a Scottish Borders town without power.

At around 12:30am today (December 12), a blue Vauxhall Corsa left the carriageway near Denholm Bridge as it travelled from Hawick along the A698.

It crashed into an electricity pole, and the male driver and three passengers were all transferred to the Borders General Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

People in Denholm were left without power for several hours, and the road was closed while engineers tried to make the area safe.

The road is expected to re-open later this evening.

Fortunately, no one sustained serious injury as a result of this incident however, anyone who saw this vehicle prior to the collision is asked to get in touch with police on 101 or through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

– PC Gary Brown

VIDEO: Dramatic footage of horses rescued from raging floods

Six horses have been rescued from raging flood water near Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

The animals, belonging to Debbie and Nikki Grant, were left stranded in their field on Saturday when the nearby River Teviot burst its banks.

Despite the effort of numerous firefighters and boats, they were unable to move the horses.

Local farmer James Manners and huntsman Johnny Kelly then took their tractor into the field and managed to tie a strap around one of the horses.

After some initial resistance the horses followed the tractor back onto dry land. All six of the horses are now safe and well.

Video courtesy of George Crawford:

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"Bring forward the 2021 flood defences"

Cllr Stuart Marshall, Honorary Provost for Hawick and Chair of the Volunteer Flood Group is calling for flood defences, due to be built in 2021, to be brought forward as a matter of urgency.

600 people were evacuated from 300 homes yesterday during severe flooding in the town.

The clean up operation is just beginning to get underway there.

Cllr Stuart Marshall, Honorary Provost for Hawick and Chair of the Volunteer Flood Group
Hawick

The clean up begins in Hawick

Former Scotland international Scott MacLeod among the helpers as the clean up begins in Hawick

Hawick Rugby Club are helping out this morning with the clean up operation in the town.

Former Scotland international Scott MacLeod is among the helpers.

"We're more than happy to pitch in to help local people out, they come out to support us on a Saturday, it is the least we can do"

– Scott MacLeod

Scottish Government pledges emergency flood help

Deputy First Minister John Swinney pledges Scottish Government help to flood-hit communities Credit: Press Association

The Scottish Government has pledged to give flood-hit communities in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders 'any emergency help they need'.

The government's resilience committee, chaired by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, met this evening as severe flood warnings were issued for Hawick and Newcastleton.

Mr Swinney said:

"I have this evening chaired a second meeting of the Scottish Government's resilience committee, SGoRR, where I have made absolutely clear to representatives of the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and Tayside that they will receive any emergency help they need during the current severe weather.

"The torrential rain and severe winds are having an impact across the country this evening but it is being felt most acutely in these three areas. While local authorities and emergency services are satisfied they have all the necessary resources at this present time and, while they are responding admirably, I have reassured them they only need to ask should they need further assistance.

"We will remain in close touch with local leaders throughout the night and stand ready to help in any way we can.

"Across the borders, people have already been warned not to travel and in some areas residents are being evacuated from their homes into leisure centres and other local authority facilities. In Hawick and Newcastleton there are severe flood warnings in place and there are a further 73 flood warnings in place nationwide at the present time.

"This weather is expected to last well into tomorrow (Sunday) and we will do all we can to help."

– Deputy First Minister John Swinney
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