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Kelso Civic Week culminates in Common Riding

Hundreds of people have turned out for the annual ride from Kelso to Yetholm as part of Kelso Civic Week.

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The festival was started in 1937, so that Kelso could have a Common Riding similar to the other towns in the Borders.

Kelso is one of the last Common Ridings of the season. The remaining are:

  • 30th July to 5th August 2017
  • 1st - 6th August -Coldstream Civic Week



Donations stolen from Scottish Borders church

North Parish Church in Kelso. Credit: Google Street View.

Police are appealing for witnesses after donations were stolen from a church in the Scottish Borders.

A number of items were taken, including a cash box containing a three-figure sum, a large quantity of 2nd class stamps and a glass jar containing over 700 pennies which had been donated to the church as part of a fund raising event.

Damage has also been caused in the office to an internal door which will need to be replaced.

The break-in occurred at some point between 8:30pm on 19 February and 8am on 20 February at Kelso North Parish Church on Bowmont Street.

The church runs on a very tight budget and this incident has had a significant impact on available funds which would otherwise have gone towards the upkeep of the church and any local events that they participate in.

I would ask anyone with information in relation to any suspicious persons seen around the church during this time and in particular anyone seen exiting the building via the front door, to please get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Constable Craig Hood of Kelso police station

Woman arrested following Kelso crash

A woman has now been arrested. Credit: ITV Border

A 23-year-old woman has been arrested following a collision on a road in Kelso.

It happened at The Square in Kelso, at around 4:50pm on Friday 17 February.

The woman has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and will appear in court at a later date, but police have not released any further details.

Inquiry date set after grandfather dies at sawmill

Bowmont Forest Sawmill. Credit: Google

A fatal accident inquiry is to be held into the death of a grandfather at a sawmill in the Scottish Borders.

The circumstances surrounding the death of 71-year-old Andrew Marshall, also known as Dan, at the Bowmont Forest Sawmill near Kelso, will be investigated in front of a sheriff.

Mr Marshall from Heiton near Kelso, died in an accident on June 11, 2015.

The inquiry is scheduled to take place at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on March 14.

A preliminary hearing will be held at the same courthouse this Monday.

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
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