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Man dies after road crash in the Borders

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A 24-year-old man has died following a car crash in the Scottish Borders.

It happened on the A698 Kelso to Denholm road at 9.20pm Saturday night.

The man died when his Ford Focus car was in collision with a Renault Traffic van near to Knowesouth Steading.

The A698 road was closed for several hours for investigations to take place.

Road Policing Sergeant Andy Gibb said:

Sadly this collision has resulted in a young man losing his life and we would like to ascertain the full circumstances of the collision. Anyone with information that can assist us is asked to contact officers on 101.

– Andy Gibb

Man arrested after serious assault in Kelso

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A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged following a serious assault in Kelso.

Police Scotland confirmed a 27-year-old man suffered serious facial injuries as a result of an incident which took place in The Square around 12.30am on Sunday 30th October.

He was taken to Border General Hospital for treatment.

The 23-year-old is due to appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday 31st October.

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Borders farmers 'frustrated' by CAP payment wait

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An MSP says farmers in the Borders continue to be frustrated as many are still waiting for CAP payments, eight months after they were due to receive them.

Support payments to farmers have faced delays in being paid due to problems with the Scottish Government’s new IT system for farm payments.

John Lamont says he received this clear message as he spoke to many local residents at the Border Union Show, where he also met with representatives from NFU Scotland, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Scottish Borders Business Forum.

Farmers in the Borders are due over £50 million in funding, which they usually receive in December and this delay is harming their businesses and other local businesses which rely on the agricultural sector.

With applications for next year due to open soon, there is real and justified concern that this problem is just going to get worse."

– John Lamont MSP

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Borders school with five pupils left closes

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Eccles Leitholm primary school in Kelso has closed its doors after being left with just five pupils.

Scottish Borders Council has now decided to mothball the building for 12 months before deciding whether to close it for good.

Children have been educated in Eccles for the past 142 years, but pupil numbers have fallen steadily over the last three years.

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