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Masterplan for Glentress revealed

Glentress Forest Credit: ITV Border

Members of the public are being asked to have their say on an ambitious multi-million pound development plan for Glentress Forrest.

Cyclists at Glentress Forest Credit: ITV Border

The Forestry Commission Scotland are working with Scottish Borders Council to come up with ideas to improve the forest for visitors over the next 20 years.

Cycling is a popular activity in Glentress Forest Credit: ITV Border

Among the plans are improved mountain biking trails, better access to the trails, an indoor activity centre, more parking and luxury lodges.

Development of Peebles forest

Glentress Forest Credit: ITV Border

People are being asked how a Borders forest could be improved as a recreation area and tourist attraction.

A twelve week consultation is taking place that could see new walking and biking trails being developed at Glentress Forest near Peebles.

Cyclists at Glentress Peel Credit: ITV Border

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Sweet shop targeted in sledgehammer raid

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglary at a sweet shop in Peebles.

The suspects forced entry with a sledgehammer at around 4:55am on Sunday 9 August, and left with the cash register and a three-figure sum of money.

They're described as three men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

They were driving a silver or grey BMW with the registration number SK14 UPF.

Police Scotland say a number of people taking part in a cycling event witnessed the raid.

They're linking it to other break-ins at commercial properties in Loanhead and Edinburgh at the weekend:

These suspects have targeted several commercial premises in the space of a few hours across Edinburgh and the Lothians and Borders.

Although their criminal behaviour has not profited them financially to any great extent, they have caused a considerable amount of damage and alarmed several witnesses.

Anyone with information that can help us to bring these suspects to justice is asked to contact us on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Sergeant Alan Young

Thousands to take part in Tour o' the Borders

The event gets bigger every year Credit: Tour of the Borders

More than 2000 riders are expected to take part in a closed road cycle event in the Scottish Borders tomorrow (Sunday 9th August).

Tour o' the Borders has grown from having just 300 participants in its opening year in 2012.

Cyclists can chose between a 120km or an 88km route. Both start and finish in Peebles and take riders through the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys.

The estimated economic impact of Tweedlove bike festival and Tour o’ the Borders is £1.7 million.

Riders are registering to take part in the ride today Credit: ITV Border

New charges for Peebles car parks

New charges at three car parks in Peebles will come into force on Saturday 1 August.

  • At Edinburgh Road Car Park - drivers will only pay 20p for the first two hours
  • Greenside and Swimming Pool car parks, the first four hours of a stay between Monday and Saturday will also now have a 20p charge

The introduction of a nominal 20p charge at these car parks has been made to avoid confusion and will ensure motorists understand that a ticket has to be displayed during charging periods.”

– Councillor Gordon Edgar

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Peebles postman saves elderly woman

The postman has been recognised for his heroics. Credit: PA

A postman from Peebles has been invited to the Queen's Garden Party - after saving an elderly woman's life.

Lawrence Fairbairn was delivering letters in the town when he heard cries for help coming from the woman's flat.

He found she had become stuck in the bath because of a back problem, and had been trapped there for three days.

After calling the ambulance, he was told she would have died of dehydration, had she remained there for another day.

I was delivering mail to a block of flats on a Tuesday in April, when I heard faint cries for help.

I pushed open a door and discovered a lady who had been stuck in her bath for three days. She was very cold, dehydrated and frightened. I didn't get far inside before I could see the lady through the bathroom door. I didn't go any further - to preserve her decency - but she told me she had been in there since Saturday and it was now Tuesday morning.

She had a problem with her back and was unable to get out of the bath. I called the ambulance, waited for them to come and left it to them.

I hadn't realised the seriousness of the situation until I spoke to a friend who said the woman would have died of dehydration if she had been there another day."

– Lawrence Fairbairn

Lawrence has now been invited to the Queen's Garden Party at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, on 1 July.

We are all very proud of Lawrence. His actions demonstrate exactly why our postmen and women are such highly valued members of their local communities.

We hope he enjoys attending the Garden Party in recognition of his efforts."

– Andrew Ebner, Peebles delivery office manager

Road rage attack on autistic teenager in Peebles

Police Scotland. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses, after an autistic teenager was the victim of a road rage attack in Peebles.

The 16-year-old boy was crossing the High Street with his female friend, at around 12:15pm on Tuesday 16 June.

A blue Mazda 6 car stopped as they crossed, and the driver then left his vehicle and grabbed the victim, before verbally abusing him.

He then got back into his car and drove away.

He's described as white, between 40 and 50, 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build and with short dark hair.

Police Scotland want anyone with information to contact them on 101.

We believe the driver of the car became annoyed at the length of time the victim and his friend were taking to cross the road and confronted them.

This was a very distressing experience for both of them and we want to trace the driver as soon as possible.

Anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has information relevant to our investigation should contact police immediately."

– Inspector Bryan Burns
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