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Cross-border police operation

A joint operation to search vehicles on the Scottish/English border is being carried out by police from north of England and southern Scotland forces.

It is hoped that the operation will help identify motorists carrying out offences such as speeding, drink and drug driving, driving without a seatbelt and driving without a valid licence.

The activity is part of an ongoing initiative by Lothian and Borders Police to try and deter criminal activity on the routes between both countries.

Partners from VOSA and SEPA will assist with roadside checks, ensuring that all vehicles are roadworthy and pose no risk to the environment.

Life-saving toddler honoured at awards

Rowan dialled 999 and told the emergency operator her mummy was sleeping and wouldn't wake up Credit: ITV News Border

Four-year-old Rowan Rychel has received an award at the Lothian and Borders Police Meritorious awards in Edinburgh.

The toddler was just two-years-old when she dialled 999 after her mum, Francesca, lost consciousness and fell to the floor in September 2011.

Rowan spoke to an emergency operator and said, 'My mummy is sleeping and she won't wake up'.

Police officers arrived at their home in Innerleithen and forced their way in.

Francesca was then taken to hospital for treatment.

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Award winners have shown 'exceptional courage'

"As police officers we come across crises and emergency situations in our day-to-day business, but these awards recognise the times when officers and members of the public have shown exceptional courage beyond the call of duty.

"The criteria for winners is clear - they have been in a situation where they have taken a decision to act for the benefit of others, often risking their own lives in the process, and it is this public spirit that we are pleased to recognise in each and every one."

– David Strang, Chief Constable, Lothian and Borders Police

Lothian and Borders Police honour brave public

An awards ceremony commemorating the bravery of 35 members of the public is being held in Edinburgh.

Lothian and Borders Police are holding the event, which recognises people who have saved someone from danger or helped the police with an arrest.

The police say it is their chance to thank the people who have gone above and beyond all expectations for others.

Two-year-old Rowan Rychel from Innerleithen is among the winners after dialling 999 when her mother lost consciousness and fell to the floor.

Several people who were involved with the rescue of Katie-Lou MacLean, who fell into Eyemouth harbour in June 2012, are also being recognised.

Pedestrians hit by car

Two pedestrians have been rushed to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a car in a Borders town.

It happened at around 10.55a.m. Friday 7th December outside the George and Abbotsford Hotel in High Street, Melrose.

Emergency services treated the casualties at the scene they wre then taken to Borders general Hospital with what are described as "serious injuries".

The two pedestrians are believed to be a 47 year old man and a woman.

Lothian and Borders Police say they are still trying to establish exactly what happened and the road through the centre of Melrose was closed to allow a full accident investigation to take place.

A spokesman said:

"We are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward."

– Lothian and Borders police spokesman

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Christmas trees stolen

Christmas trees worth £6,300 have been stolen from a farm in the Scottish Borders.

420 Nordman Pine trees disappeared from Shielsknowe Forestry at Brundenlaws Farm near Jedburgh, Roxburghshire.

The theft was discovered on Monday (26th November) morning.

The trees had been packaged up and were on pallets ready to be delivered to furniture giant IKEA when they were taken.

Lothian and Borders Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward, especially if a vehicle was spotted acting suspiciously in the area overnight on 25th November.

PPI Scam warning: Scottish Borders

Police in the Scottish Borders are reminding the public to be wary of phone calls from people who claim to be working for companies assisting with claiming Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) refunds.

They say there are a number of legitimate companies who assist with making claims in relation to PPI’s however the police are finding there are criminals who are taking advantage of this.

In a statement they said:

These criminals will cold-call members of the public pretending to be from a legitimate company. They state that the person is due a sum of money as they have been mis-sold PPI in the past. The caller then requests that a payment is made to cover administration costs and this should be made using payment schemes such as U-Kash or Western Union.

– Lothian and Borders Police

A Police spokesperson added:

“We would advise people to be very wary of such calls and not to send money. If you feel that you may have been mis-sold PPI in the past then there are a number of legitimate companies who you can contact for assistance.”

– Lothian and Borders police spokesperson

Injured cyclist found in Borders

A 43-year-old was left with a fractured skull, after falling from his bike outside the Borders General Hospital at around 6.30pm on 15th November.

The cyclist is currently being treated in hospital, however his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses with any information to come forward.

Road Policing Officers are investigating the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

"We are still trying to establish how the cyclist fell from his bike and are keen to hear from pedestrians or motorists who were in the area just after 6.30pm on Wednesday."Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to contact police immediately."

– Spokesperson, Lothian and Borders Police

Those with information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

Assault in Peebles

Shop where the assault took place Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for information after a female shop assistant was assaulted in Pebbles yesterday (13th November).

The attack happened at around 4.45pm at Thistle Quilting on Peebles High Street.

A man, described as white, in his 40's, around 5'10", of medium build with short black hair, entered the shop, assaulted the shop assistant then ran off in the direction of North Bridge.

He is described as wearing a navy jacket and blue jeans.

A Police spokesperson said:

“This appears to have been an unprovoked attack which has left the victim very shaken. I would urge anyone who has information in relation to this incident to contact Peebles Police station on 01721720637 or contact the Crimestoppers Charity anonymously on 0800 111555."

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