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Pensioner banned from driving after passenger killed in Peebles road accident

A pensioner has admitted causing the death of an 87-year-old man by careless driving following a road accident near Peebles.

73-year-old old John Foster pleaded guilty at Selkirk Sheriff Court to the offence which happened on June 4 last year.

Robert Kerr from Glasgow was a passenger in Foster’s car when there was a two vehicle collision on the A72. He died in hospital shortly afterwards.

Foster, of Moodiesburn near Glasgow, has been given an interim disqualification preventing him from driving.

Peebles man charged with attempted murder

Selkirk Sheriff Court Credit: ITV Border

A 51-year-old Peebles man has appeared in private at Selkirk Sheriff Court charged with attempted murder.

Colin Boyle is charged on petition with committing the offence at his home in Cuddyside at around 1.10pm yesterday.

A 34-year-old man is said to have sustained a serious wound that required treatment at Borders General Hospital.

Boyle made no plea and the case was continued for further examination. He was granted bail by Sheriff Peter Paterson.

Police Scotland have appealed for any witnesses who were in the Cuddyside area of Peebles at lunchtime on Monday to come forward.


86-year-old woman killed in Borders collision named

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The 86-year-old woman who died in a road collision near West Linton has been named by police as Joan Mellors from Peebles.

Mrs Mellors suffered fatal injuries after her silver-coloured Honda Jazz left the road as she was travelling on the A701 and overturned before coming to a stop in a field.

Road Policing Officers are continuing with their inquiries and anyone with information should contact the Road Policing Unit in Galashiels via 101, quoting incident number 1276 of 11 October.


TweedLove Bike Festival closes with its biggest weekend ever

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Organisers of the TweedLove Bike Festival says they've enjoyed its biggest success to date, with its final weekend of events based in Peebles bringing over 10,000 bike fans to the Scottish Borders.

Athletes that took part included enduro mountain biker Greg Callaghan and world champion Tracy Moseley.

Danny Macaskill joined the crowds cheering friends and family in a series of cycling events on the trails and roads around the Tweed Valley.

International bike brands and a festival atmosphere attracted visitors from Canada, USA, Australia, Holland, Spain, Germany, Finland, France, Hungary, Norway, Ireland and all over the UK.

String of mountain bikes stolen in Peebles area

One of the bikes stolen in Peebles Credit: Police Scotland

Police in the Borders are investigating a spate of mountain bike thefts in the Peebles area.

Nine bikes have been taken, all of which are worth three or four-figure sums.

The thefts have occurred Thursday, March 16, and Monday, March 20, at four separate addresses. In all cases the bikes have been taken from secure sheds or garages with the locks being forced.

The thefts occurred at addresses in Grossland Crescent, Ballantyne Place, Crossburn Farm Road and Edinburgh Road.

In one incident that occurred in Crossburn Farm Road between Sunday, March 19, and Monday, March 20, five bikes were taken with a collective value of around £6000.

Inspector Tony Hodges of Galashiels Police said: “These thefts occurred at addresses where the bikes were secure, nevertheless we would ask that the public be aware of these thefts and be vigilant."

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The incidents took place at:

  • Ballantyne Place, between Thursday, March 16 and Saturday, March 18. One bike was taken.
  • Grossland Crescent, between Friday, March 17 and Sunday, March 19. One bike was taken.
  • Crossburn Farm Road, between Sunday, March 19 and Monday, March 20. Five bikes were taken.
  • Edinburgh Road, between Sunday, March 19 and Monday, March 20. Two bikes were taken.
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