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Tributes have been paid to well known Borders sheep farmer

Tributes have been paid to well known Scottish Borders farmer Jim Sharp.

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has praised Mr Sharp's "sharp intellect" and called him an "ambassador for all that is good in farming".

Jim has left his mark on Borders farming through his skill, energy and attention to detail.

“He had a sharp intellect and a level of experience which was of real value in serious conversation but also a generosity and love of life which made him great company.

"His thoughts were of real value at both local and national level where he gave his time to the union and the community.

“Jim was an ambassador for all that is good in farming. He gave a lot to our industry, the Borders community and the union.

"He was a great friend that so many of us will miss. Our sympathy must be with his family.”

– NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller

Farmer killed in accident on Borders farm

A 66-year-old man's been killed following an accident on his farm in Lauder in the Scottish Borders.

The dead man's been named locally as Jim Sharp.

He was a well known sheep farmer in the area and a former National Farmers Union Scotland livestock board convener.

It's believed Mr Sharp was killed while operating a grain auger - a piece of machinery used to collect and load grain.The accident happened on Monday, March 17th.

Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating.

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Girl, 11, approached by man in car

An 11-year-old girl was approached by a man in a car in the Scottish Borders.

Police are investigating the "suspicious incident" which happened at around 4.40pm yesterday in Allanbank Gardens in Lauder.

The man stopped the car, which is described as scratched and dirty and spoke to the child, before driving off towards Stow Road.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Twenty 10 club apologise for Jimmy Savile float

Members of a local Twenty 10 club, who drew criticism for dressing up as disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile and his schoolgirl victims at the Lauder Common Riding, have apologised for any offence caused.

We, the members of the 2010 club who participated in Lauder Fancy Dress recognise we made a serious error of judgement in our choice of subject for our float at this year’s event.

"It was never our intention to cause offence to anyone. For the upset we have caused or may cause we unreservedly apologise.

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Organiser says they have been targeted following float outrage

One of the organisers of the Lauder Common Riding says they have been targeted after a fancy dress float caused offence at this year's event. A float with people dressed as Jimmy Savile and schoolgirls was part of a parade in the Borders town last weekend.

The stunt made national news headlines and was criticised by politicians and charities. The organiser says animal droppings were left at their home and have reported the matter to Police.

New health centre opens

The keys to the new Lauder Health Centre will be officially handed over today.

The purpose built centre in Crofts Road, Lauder replaces the Factors Park and Memorial Health Centres. Lauderdale residents will also benefit from a new and improved children's play park, brand new all weather pitch and sports changing facility.

Full Report: Outrage over Jimmy Savile float at Lauder Common Riding

The organisers of Lauder's Common Riding are coming under fire for allowing a Jimmy Savile themed float to enter their fancy dress parade last week.

The stunt has attracted criticism from some people in the town as well as politicians and victims of abuse.

However, the committee say they do not censor entries and it is up to people to make their own moral choices about what they put in the parade.

Kathryn Samson reports.

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