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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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Pictures: Melrose Festival

Hundreds of riders took part Credit: ITV Border

The Scottish Borders town of Melrose has been celebrating the annual ride out as part of its summer festival.

It's the highlight of a week of events in the town, in which the Melrosian leads a cavalcade around the town and its boundaries.

More than 200 horses and riders took part.

This year's Melrosian is Donald Crawford. Credit: ITV Border
The riders ford the River Tweed Credit: ITV Border
Crowds watch the cavalcade Credit: ITV Border
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Police appeal after Melrose firearm sighting

Police in the Borders were called to woods near Melrose on Friday following reports that a man was seen holding a shotgun.

Police carried out a thorough search of the woods at the back of Harleyburn Court but they did not trace the man. He was not acting in a threatening manner.

Police say he is described as white, aged between 50 and 60 years old and around 5ft 10inch tall. He has greying hair and stubble and was wearing black jacket, black trousers, green Wellingtons and carrying a black rucksack.

“It is not clear at this stage what the man was doing at the time but clearly we are concerned by reports that he was seen in woodland holding what appears to be a double-barrel shotgun.

“There may be a reasonable explanation and that is why we are keen to here from him directly or from members of the public who perhaps saw the man at some point during the day."

– Inspector John Scott, Police Scotland

Ancient pottery stolen from Melrose Abbey

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Roman pottery believed to be from 80-180 A.D. has been stolen from a museum in the Scottish Borders.

The incident happened sometime between Wednesday 30th April and Friday 1st May within the Commandants House of Melrose Abbey.

The stolen goods are valued at around £400 and anyone who can assist police with their enquiries is asked to come forward.

"The room was not open at the time of this incident, however we are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious around Melrose Abbey between Wednesday and Friday last week.

"In addition, those with information that can help us trace those responsible and return the items to the museum is also urged to contact police immediately."

– Constable Liam Myers

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Ruth Davidson campaigns in the Scottish Borders

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The leader of the Scottish Conservatives was in the Scottish Borders today, campaigning ahead of Thursday's general election.

With less than a week to go until polling day, Ruth Davidson visited Melrose in the hope of picking up some crucial votes for a tightly contested seat.

Read our full constituency report on the Roxburgh, Berwickshire and Selkirk constituency here.

Borders family that survived Nepal earthquake back in UK

David and Aileen Knox with four-year-old daughter Jess Credit: David Knox

A family from Melrose who survived the earthquake in Nepal were amongst the very first to arrive back in the UK.

David Knox, his wife Aileen and four-year-old daughter Jess thought they were going to die in the disaster.

The family arrived back last night from Nepal on the first UK aid flight with 120 people. They landed at a private hangar at Stansted Airport. He's due home tomorrow night.

Mr Knox said his family spent two nights sleeping on the floor of the airport waiting for a flight home before seeking refuge in the British embassy in Kathmandu.

David and Jess Credit: David Knox

"I have mixed emotions at the moment. I am relieved to be back because I have a young child but there is a hint of sadness because in the 16 days we were there, we fell in love with people and it's sad to leave them behind. "Many I saw had no food or water or sanitation because of the risk of buildings falling down. It's sad we could do nothing to help but all 120 of us on the plane back said we would return to support their tourist industry.

"After the initial aid, in the long term if there are no tourists going, it would be devastating on the country because they rely on visitors for their economy so much."

– David Knox
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