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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


Melrose: The home of Rugby Sevens

Rugby Sevens is a tournament that originated in Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

Teams from all over the world travel to Melrose to play at the "home of rugby" every year.

Rugby sevens is a variant of Rugby Union, but there are seven players in each team instead of 15, and the games are shorter.

Then ten most prestigious of the Borders tournaments make up a league competition which is called the Kings of the Sevens. Teams gain points dependent on their progression in individual tournaments.

The winner has ten points, the runner-up takes seven, semi-finalists gain five points and those who are eliminated keep three points.

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