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Call for investigation into Peebles flood defences

An extensive clean up has been underway in Peebles. Credit: ITV Border

People in Peebles are calling for further investigation into how to protect the town from flooding.

The exact number of homes affected when Storm Frank hit the town last week remains unknown, while the full scale of the damage is assessed.

I think we really need to look back at further up river and see what we can do there.

But again we're going to have to wait until that information comes through, but there's definitely work that needs to be done here."

– CLLR KEITH COCKBURN

Community supports Peebles after worst floods since 1949

Peebles was one of the worst hit areas in the Scottish Borders. Credit: ITV Border

A major clean up got underway in Peebles today after homes near to the river were hit by the worst flooding in more than 60 years.

Nearly 100 volunteers turned out to clear the homes of those affected, removing flooring, furniture and possessions damaged by the water.

Fifty people were told to evacuate on Wednesday (30 December) after Storm Frank caused the River Tweed to burst its banks, affecting homes in the town.

There's a lot of sadness and we feel really sorry for the people that have suffered flood damage and it's heartbreaking to see. But the community spirit is really good, everyone wants to help and lend a hand. That lifts everybody's spirits which means an awful lot to people in the town and those who have suffered due to the floods."

– Cllr Keith Cockburn, Scottish Borders Council

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Peebles wakes up to the aftermath of Storm Frank

A major incident was declared last night in Peebles as lives and properties were put at risk by Storm Frank. Residents wake up this morning to tackle what the flooding has left.

Scottish Borders Council staff and members of the public will meet at 9am at Edinburgh Road car park today to begin the clean up operation.

Our priority this morning is to make an assessment of the damage, ensure roads, bridges and other structures are safe and support members of the communities as much as we possibly can to deal with the aftermath of the flooding."

– Rob Dickinson, Gold Commander for the Multi-Agency Response

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Tribute to 'much loved father' who died of 'carbon monoxide poisoning'

The scene. Credit: ITV Border

The family of a man who died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Peebles, have paid tribute to him.

Michael Travers, 59, from Larkhall, was staying at the Soonhope Chalets with his family when the incident happened late on Saturday night.

Mr Travers managed to raise the alarm after finding his family unconscious, but fell ill himself and was pronounced dead at the property when medics arrived.

His 60-year-old wife and 31-year-old son were taken to hospital, seriously ill.

Michael’s family have issued the following statement in tribute to him:

Michael was a much loved husband and father and we are devastated by his death.

He loved spending time at our holiday home near Peebles and we are comforted that he spent his last few days there.

We are grateful for the support of friends and family and would ask the media to please leave us alone to grieve privately.”

– Family statement

Peebles earthquake - did you feel it?

The epicentre of the earthquake was 2km below the earth's crust Credit: Google Maps

The British Geological Survey reported an earthquake that registered at 1.4 on the Richter scale near Peebles yesterday lunchtime. The epicentre of the quake was two kilometres below the earth's surface. No substantial damage has been reported.

The largest ever earthquake recorded in the British Isles was at Dogger Bank in 1931 - it clocked in at 6.1 on the Richter scale. Though it was 60 miles offshore, it was still powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.

Peebleshire woman wins Miss Transgender UK title

Jai Darra Latto with Rachel Bailey, the organiser of Miss Transgender UUK Credit: Terry Boyd

A woman from Walkerburn has won the UK's top transgender title.

Jai Darra Latto, 22, tweeted about her victory in the Miss Transgender UK 2015 competition:

Jai posted this image to Facebook. Credit: Jai Dara Latto

The former Peebles High School pupil told ITV Border earlier this month that she wanted to use to raise awareness of transgender issues in the Scottish Borders.

Praise flooding in for Peebles showjumper

Scott Brash. Credit: Scott Brash

Scottish Borders Council has praised the achievements of Scott Brash, the Peebles showjumper:

Scott’s latest Grand Prix success is an amazing achievement, and he goes from one outstanding performance to another. He has been winning constantly since his Olympic gold medal success, and it is fantastic that he has been world number one since November 2013.

We are extremely proud of Scott and his Borders background and I know he is an absolute hero and inspiration to young riders here in the Borders, and in fact around the world.”

– Councillor Vicky Davidson, Scottish Borders Council
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