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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.

Reivers festival gets underway

Hundreds of people are expected at the two-day Border Reivers festival in Hawick this weekend.

The event celebrates the myths and dramas of the area in the 16th and 17th centuries when the notorious Reivers were active.

Feuding families of Reivers often conducted raids across the border to England to steal cattle and many were hanged by the authorities.

The festival features drama, song, poetry and re-enactments to show what life was like in those turbulent times 400 years ago.

There will also be a torchlight procession through the town this evening.

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