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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


Historic sporran stolen

The sporran has been stolen from Abbotsford House Credit: ITV Border

A sporran which belonged to the Scottish folk hero Rob Roy has been stolen from a historic house in the Borders.

It was part of a collection of historical artefacts at Abbotsford House near Galashiels, the former home of the writer. He wrote one of his famous novels about Rob Roy. The valuable sporran was ripped from a display wall at the house. Police Scotland is investigating.

Rob Roy's sporran stolen from Melrose

A sporran which belonged to Scots folk hero Rob Roy has been stolen from the historic home of Sir Walter Scott.

It was part of a collection of historical artefacts collected by the world-famous writer and displayed at the newly-refurbished Abbotsford House near Galashiels, Selkirkshire.

Scott - who wrote a famous novel about Rob Roy - also had his gun, sword and dirk in his collection.

The valuable sporran was ripped from a display wall at Abbotsford some time between September 21st and September 23rd.

Police Scotland have confirmed they are making enquiries into a reported theft of an historical item from Abbotsford House.


Car parts stolen from garage, worth £7000

Catalytic converters have been stolen from five cars in the Scottish Borders.

The cars were in the forecourt of the Border Toyota garage in St Boswells, Melrose. Police Scotland believe they were removed between 7.15pm on Monday 1st September to 6.45am on the 2nd September.

It's estimated this will cost the business around £7,300 in replacement parts.

Anyone with information should contact police.

Man charged with Melrose garage vandalism

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged following vandalism to two cars parked in the forecourt of a garage in Melrose.

The vehicles sustained around £400 worth of damage following the incident, which happened at the DS Dalgleish premises on Saturday, 26 July.

The man was also charged with a breach of bail conditions and was remanded in custody to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Wednesday, 6 August.

Melrose Festival Week begins

The Melrose Festival Week begins today as Common Riding season swings into full flow.

The festival began in 1938 and culminates in the Common Riding which is held on Saturday 21st June.

Other events scheduled for the week include fancy dress parades, rideouts and the crowning of the Festival Queen.

The final ceremony takes place at Melrose Abbey where over 800 years of history are recalled and the granting of the foundation charter by David I is re-enacted.

Melrose Abbey damaged

Police Scotland officers in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following damage to an external wall at Melrose Abbey.

A 10m stretch of the dry stone wall on Annay Road, Melrose is thought to have been hit by a vehicle on March 17.

It is thought the repair will cost more than £1,000.

"The dyke, which has been reconstructed within the past 18 months, appears to have been hit at low speed, possibly by a large vehicle carrying out a three-point turn.

"There are no markings or debris left on the road so it looks like the wall has been hit with low impact. But it is a hit and run nevertheless, and a costly one, so we would urge any members of the public with any details that may assist the investigation to come forward."

– PC James Thompson, Police Scotland
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