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Jedburgh and Selkirk sheriff courts could be saved

A study that recommended the sheriff courts in Jedburgh and Selkirk be allowed to remain open has been approved by the Scottish Court Service Board.

The feasibility report concluded the best way to keep an integrated justice service in the Borders would be to keep the courts in the two towns, which have up until now been threatened with closure.

The study will be considered by the Scottish Borders Council at its meeting later this week.

“I welcome the feasibility study conclusions, reached after extensive dialogue with a wide range of justice organisations on future justice services in the Scottish Borders. I am confident this gives us a solid platform to deliver the best services for the people of the Scottish Borders.

“The feasibility study shows that while it is right we test the concept of justice centres it equally important it is that we tailor approaches that are right for local communities, and we will continue with this approach as we consider Justice Centres in other locations”

– Eric McQueen, Scottish Court Service Chief Executive

Jedburgh's Riverside Park will be rocking this weekend

Around 2,000 people are expected at the first Riverside Rock festival, in Jedburgh this weekend.

80's band Big Country are the headline act on Saturday 21 June. Bands from the Borders and further afield will also play at the Riverside Rugby Park. Organisers hope the festival won't be a one-off.

"Well our plan is if it goes down well and is supported well by the local area we are hoping we can maybe build on it and run it next year or biannually."

– Allan Fraser, Organiser

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16 & 17-year-old voters in Jedburgh debate independence

16 and 17-year-olds are voting for the first time in September, but some still think of young people as apathetic and ill-informed about politics. Yet new research from the University of Edinburgh suggests the referendum is challenging that stereotype.

Joe Pike has been to Jedburgh where enthusiasm for debate is growing:

New visitor centre sells Borders-only produce

The giftshop sells products made in the Borders Credit: ITV Border

A visitor centre has opened up near Jedburgh that only sells produce from the South of Scotland, Cumbria and Northumberland.

The Born in the Borders Visitor Centre showcases products from more than 70 local suppliers in its food and drink shop, goods and gift shop and cafe.

Lori Watson performs at the launch Credit: ITV Border

Borders musician Lori Watson sang and performed a specially written song called 'Born in the Borders' at the official launch today.

Medieval building remains discovered in Jedburgh

The remains of a building thought to have been built in the 11th or 12th Century have been uncovered by archaeologists in Jedburgh.

The site, opposite Mary Queen of Scots House, has been earmarked for building accommodation on.

The findings could date back 1000 years Credit: ITV Border

The discovery of what appears to be a house with a fireplace, and artefacts, means the planning for flats is to be reconsidered with the remains kept accessible.

Archaeologists are working to identify exactly what period the remains are from. Meanwhile, they have been covered up for protection.

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MSP leads campaign to save courts

The MSP for South Scotland Jim Hume is leading a campaign to try and prevent the closure of sheriff courts in Selkirk and Jedburgh.

This follows the decision to shut courts in Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as at Duns and Peebles as part of a cost cutting exercise by the Scottish Government.

Jim Hume and Willie Rennie Scottish Lib Dem leader tell us about the campaign:

MSP leads campaign to prevent court closures

MSP for South Scotland Jim Hume is leading a campaign to try and prevent the closure of Sheriff courts in Selkirk and Jedburgh.**

Discussions about doing that and opening a central justice centre in the borders in Galashiels are being held in Edinburgh.**

Jim Hume MSP and Scottish Lib Deb leader Willie Rennie join protestors Credit: ITV Border

A group of protesters met in Selkirk today along with Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie.

The decision to shut courts in Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, and Duns and Peebles has already been made as part of a cost cutting exercise by the Scottish Government.

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Reward for information on Bosham murder

It's a murder which has shocked a quiet community and puzzled detectives. But today a 10 thousand pound reward was offered to catch the killer of a grandmother battered to death as she stayed at a friend's luxury home.

Valerie Graves was found dead at the waterside property in Bosham near Chichester on December 30th. She was staying there over Christmas with her mother, sister and sister's partner.

Police say a hammer found near the house was used to kill Valerie. Sarah Cooper reports.

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