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Elderly couple in Peebles targeted by bogus caller

Police in the Scottish Borders are investigating after an elderly couple were victims of a bogus workman in Peebles.

At 11am on Friday, 15 August, the elderly man, who was in his garden, was approached by another man who offered to fell trees for £350.

The man returned around 10am on Monday, 18 August, but after cutting down the trees he demanded more money for them to be removed.

The elderly man handed over more money than had originally been agreed.

The suspect is described as:

  • 30 years old
  • medium build
  • Mediterranean appearance
  • narrow moustache on upper lip with a pointed goatee beard
  • tan t-shirt, chainsaw safety trousers and boots

“We’d like to warn people in the Scottish Borders to be wary of people offering work around the house or garden.

"If you are uncertain as to someone's identity do not allow them entry and contact police if they fail to leave.

"Our communities are also asked to be vigilant on behalf of vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours and report any suspicious activities or people around their homes to police."

– Inspector Tony Hodges, Police Scotland

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Sheep worth £500 stolen in Peebles

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses after five sheep, worth £500, were stolen from a farm in Peebles.

It happened sometime between 1pm on 22 July and 5pm on 28 July at Upper Kidston Farm. The five animals stolen were three cheviot and two Blackface sheep.

People are not being asked to come forward if they have any information that couple help police with their investigation.

"The theft of these animals has resulted in a loss of over £500 for the farmer and we are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity on or around the farm in the past couple of weeks.

"A vehicle would have been required to transport the animals and we would urge members of the public who saw a truck or van removing sheep from the farm to contact police immediately."

– Inspector Tony Hodges

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

School pupils visit graves of family lost in World War 1

Pupils from Peebles High School have been visiting some of the battlefields and memorials of World War One.

As well as learning more about what happened, several pupils were visiting the memorials and graves of members of their own family, including Charlie Bell, whose great-great grandfather was killed in northern France.

Opposing views in running river debate

A gravel island on the River Tweed is at the centre of a debate on whether it should be removed or left alone.

Some consider it a danger to the surroundings. It's said that the continued growth of the island could lead to erosion of the river bank, which could result in the trees falling down and the potential damage of Tweed Bridge.

Others believe that nature should be left alone or dealt with at a later date:


Tweed island is 'unsightly'

People in Peebles are being asked if they want a gravel island removed from the River Tweed.

Some people fear that it could erode the river bank and cause the trees to fall down. However, environmentalists says that clearing away the island would not be sustainable and would affect wildlife.

Find out the three main reasons why people want the island removed:

Residents channel thoughts on Tweed island

The River Tweed is 97 miles long and flows primarily through the Scottish Borders Credit: PA

Locals in Peebles are becoming concerned about what to do about an island that has formed naturally in the River Tweed.

Some people are calling for the Tweed island to be removed - but others say it's a part of nature and removing it would be detrimental to wildlife.

Royal Marine Commando remembered in Peebles

Alec Lucas and his daughter Credit: family of Alec Lucas

A Royal Marine Commando from Peebles, killed in action in Afghanistan, is being remembered today as a football tournament is held in his name.

The annual event arranged by the family of Alec Lucas will raise money for a Trust set up following his death in 2008.

£90,000 has been raised for the Royal Marine Charitable Trust Fund and local sports charities.

The Alec Lucas Memorial Trophy will take place at Peebles Rovers Football Club today (Saturday 31st May).

Enduro World Series underway in Peebles

One of Mountain Biking's biggest races is taking place in the Tweed Valley this weekend.

600 people are taking part in the Enduro World Series, starting in Peebles this morning.

The event attracts riders from around the world, and this is the first time it has been held in the UK.

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