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Scottish Conker Championships held in Peebles

Do you know the difference between a bully-one and a laggie, if you do then you'll be sure to have an interest in this story.

They're terms in the game of conkers and over the weekend the eighth annual Scottish conkers championships were held in the Borders.

Competitors came from all over the UK to take part in the event, which formed part of the Tweed Valley Forest Festival.

Lori Carnochan went along.

Scottish Conker Championships held in Peebles

Jamie Craigen in action Credit: ITV Border

Around one hundred competitors took part in the Scottish Conkers Championships in Peebles on Saturday (25 October).

Entrants came from all over the UK to compete and try to win the crown of conkers champion.

One of the highlights was the 'Rogues' competition, where competitors are allowed to prepare their conkers using any method they like to try and make it the hardest of all.

This year's winner was Jamie Craigen from Stirling, who explained the secret behind his winning conker.

"You've got to have a good conker to start with, but i varnished mine for a good few days before the competition and it's worked out pretty well."

– Jamie Craigen, Scottish Conkers Rogue Champion 2014
Kate McLuckie was crowned Junior Conker Champion Credit: ITV Border

The event is now in it's eighth year and was part of the Tweed Valley Forest Festival.

The town's Tweed Green was full of wood craftsmen giving demonstrations and showcasing their carving skills.

Woodwork skills on display on Tweed Green Credit: ITV Border

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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
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“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.

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Opposing views in running river debate

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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.

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