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Melrose Abbey in Top 10 Scottish man-made wonders

Melrose Abbey listed among the best man-made buildings in Scotland Credit: PA

Melrose Abbey has been named in the top 10 of Scotland's best man-made wonders.

A survey conducted by Visit Scotland put the 12th century building on the same list at the Forth Bridge, Edinburgh Castle and the Kelpies.

The Abbey is the final resting place of the heart of the medieval King Robert the Bruce.


Spate of power tool thefts in Scottish Borders

Three work vans have been broken into in the Scottish Borders with thousands of pounds worth of power tools stolen.

Police are appealing to the public to be vigilant after the thefts in Tweedbank and Melrose.

Ford Transit vans were targeted outside separate addresses on Honeylees Drive in Tweedbank and another address in Melrose sometime overnight between Thursday, April 7, and Friday, April 8.

Police say the power tools stolen were worth around £5,500.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

"Given the nature of these crimes and their close proximity it is highly likely that these incidents are linked.

"Today, I ask anyone with information that might help trace those responsible or who noticed any unusual behaviour around the time of these offences to come forward as soon as possible.

"Likewise, if you have been approached recently to buy second-hand power tools and are suspicious about where they came from then you should let us know.

"I would also ask all owners of Ford vans to review their security in light of these recent break-ins and make sure they have taken adequate steps to protect their vehicles.

"This includes parking in well lit areas and removing any high value items from within. If this is not possible then ensure that any valuable items are hidden from view. Thieves are opportunistic by their nature and are always looking for soft targets. By taking some straightforward preventative measures you reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime."

– Inspector Mike Bennett, Police Scotland


Suspicious fire in Melrose

Police Scotland is investigating a suspicious fire which was discovered at around 10pm on Saturday 22 August 2015 at business premises in St Dunstans Lane in Melrose.

The fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service. No-one was injured in the blaze however the premises are badly damaged.

Inspector John Reid of Police Scotland, J Division said

early indications are that this fire was the result of a deliberate act and a full fire scene investigation will now take place between Police Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Service. I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area of St Dunstans Lane last night to get in touch with Police Scotland at Melrose if they saw or heard anything which might help us in our enquiries into this fire. Thankfully no-one was in the building at the time however the building and contents have been seriously damaged as a result. Anyone wishing to call can do so through the non emergency 101 number, or if they wish to remain anonymous then they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

– Inspector John Reid, Police Scotland

Concern for missing 65-year-old man

Borthwick Credit: Police Scotland

A 65-year-old man has been reported missing in Melrose.

Borthwick "Kenny" Wilson, from Hawick, was last seen leaving Huntlyburn House - a mental health ward run by NHS Borders - at 2pm yesterday (Tuesday, July 28).

Police Scotland say there have been no sightings of him since, and concern is now growing for his welfare.

He's described as white, with a slim build, around 6'2", with balding grey hair and clean-shaven.

He was last seen wearing a blue top, blue trousers, green polo top and possibly a green jacket.

We are keen to establish Kenny's whereabouts as soon as possible and anyone who believes they have seen him since Tuesday is asked to come forward.

In addition, we would ask Kenny to get in touch with friends, family or police and let us know you are safe and well."

– Inspector Kevin Harris
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