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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.

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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.

Peebles optometrist takes on sight loss challenge

Linda Quinn outside of her shop Credit: ITV Border

An optometrist from Peebles is taking on a unique challenge to see what it's like for people who've lost their sight.

Linda Quinn is spending the day wearing specialist glasses which simulate varying degrees of sight loss.

Linda will be documenting her experience throughout the day as she takes on every day tasks like shopping, walking and spending time with her family.

She's raising money for 'talking' books, which is a free service run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). They distribute over one million books every year to blind and partially sighted adults and children.

180,000
People in Scotland with significant sight loss
100
People across UK every day start to lose their sight

"It is fantastic to be involved in Peebles Community RNIB Talking Book. Peebles is one of the strongest communities I have known and I am proud to be part of it.

"There are so many wonderful charities and fundraising efforts in Peebles but, being an optometrist, it is my job to look after people's ocular health and to achieve the very best vision for them.

"This project will give me a chance to experience the practical impacts of sight loss.

"Whilst this can never replicate the emotional side of losing one's sight, it will place me in scenarios which will allow me to understand everyday challenges that children and adults face on a day to day basis. I hope it could also allow me to help someone that either already lives with this or is perhaps facing it in their future."

– Linda Quinn

Peebles parade marks 300th birthday of one of the town's oldest organisations

Hundreds have marched through Peebles as part of celebrations marking the 300th birthday of Peebles Masonic Lodge

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The Masonic lodge in Peebles is celebrating it's 300th birthday.

Opened in 1716, the local Borders chapter will celebrating with a series of events, including the parade down the high street on Saturday. Members from lodges from across Scotland are attending.

Very proud indeed. It's quite an achievement for any organisation in any town to survive for 300 years.

– Kenny Howitt, Past Master Peebles Lodge
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