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Melrose clinch penultimate 7s tournament at Selkirk

Watsonians have already won the overall Kings of the Sevens title. Credit: ITV Border

Melrose were able to fight off hosts Selkirk to lift the trophy on Saturday's penultimate Kings of the Sevens tournament.

The Rose came out on top with a 29-24 victory to lift their second tournament win of the season.

Hundreds of spectators turned out on the sunny day to see the teams compete and Melrose's Ruairi Campbell was named player of the tournament.

Watsonians have already claimed the overall Kings of the Sevens title and will be presented with the trophy next weekend at Jed-Forest.

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Man charged over Melrose 'police incident'

The incident took place at the Kings Arms Hotel in Melrose. Credit: ITV Border

A 25 year-old man has been arrested and charged following an incident in Melrose onSaturday afternoon.

Police arrived on the scene in the town's High Street after receiving a call at about 3:05 pm.

A spokesman said: "Police attended at a business premises in Melrose High Street following reports of a male causing a disturbance.

As a result a 25 year-old man was arrested and charged and held in custody."

He is expected to appear from custody at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday.

Murder investigation underway after death of 70-year-old woman

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The death of a 70-year-old woman nine day after an incident at a sheltered housing complex in Melrose, is being treated as a murder.

Police were called to Priorwood Court at around 4.45pm on April 9, after a report of concern for a woman.

The woman had been taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment and died on Tuesday April 18.

69-year-old David Thomson was charged with attempted murder when he appeared at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Tuesday 11 April.

He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody.

This is a tragic set of circumstances, and our thoughts are with the lady’s family at this distressing time. This is being treated as an isolated incident and we are not looking for anyone else in connection our enquiries. Our officers are continuing to support her family and we want to thank the local community for their support.

– Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Healy, Lothians and Scottish Borders CID

Anyone with concerns is being urged to their local community officer or can contact Police Scotland on 101.

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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
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