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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.

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"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


Bikes worth £7000 stolen in Peebles

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Police are appealing for witnesses after several of high value bicycles were stolen in Peebles.

Two houses were broken into sometime overnight between Wednesday, July 20th, and Thursday, July 21st, at neighbouring addresses in St Andrews Road.

Two bikes, a Specialized Camber Comp Carbon and a Carrera Valour, worth in total around £4000 were taken in one incident.

Meanwhile, a nearby shed was broken into resulting in the theft of five more bikes worth a total of around £3000.

They are:

  • - A black and grey Genesis Core
  • - A black Specialized Langster
  • - An unmarked carbon fibre racing bike
  • - A black bicycle with Claude Butler and Teviot Cycle stickers displayed
  • - A Gary Fisher mountain bike with yellow writing on the frame

"We're very keen to trace whoever is responsible for these thefts and reunite the owners with their property.

"I want to hear from anyone who knows anything about these break-ins or who has been approached to buy a second-hand bike in the area in recent days.

– Inspector Mike Bennett

87-year-old dies in Peebles car crash

An 87-year old man has died after two cars collided in Peebles.

The crash took place at around 11.10am on Saturday 4 June, on the A72 Peebles to Innerleithen road, near the entrance to Cardrona village. A red Vauxhall Meriva and a silver Honda CR-V collided.

Three men - aged 87, 71 and 42 - were taken to hospital. The 87-year-old passed away a short time later.

Sergeant Neil Inglis, of the Road Policing Unit at Galashiels, said:

“We are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision, or who stopped to assist and have yet to come forward.”

– Sergeant Neil Inglis


Police name woman, 70, killed in Scottish Borders crash

Margaret Jamieson Credit: Cumbria Police

Police have named a 70-year-old women killed in a road collision in the Scottish Borders.

Margaret Jamieson, from Peebles, died after an accident on the A703 near the town, on Monday 29 February.

The Nissan Quashqai she was driving was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Caddy.

Enquiries are ongoing, and police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

70-year-old woman dies in Peebles crash

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A 70-year-old woman has died after being involved in a road crash near Peebles.

The woman, from the local area, died after the car she was travelling in collided with another vehicle on the A703 near Redscarhead on Monday afternoon.

The road was closed in both directions to allow for investigations to take place, but re-opened at midnight.

A man and a woman who were also involved in the collision sustained serious injuries and are currently being treated at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Police Scotland are today appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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."

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