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Push to make Scotland 'best for Mountain biking'

The Scottish Mountain Biking Conference at Peebles Hydro Credit: ITV Border

Professional riders and tourism bosses have come together in Peebles this week, to see how Scotland can become a world leader at Mountain biking.

The Tweed Valley boasts two 7 stanes biking sites at Glentress and Innerleithen, including the worlds longest trail.

International riders, including the world's leading adventure rider Hans "No-way" Rey and Commonwealth Games star Grant Ferguson have been speaking at the Scottish Mountain Biking Conference.

Demonstration held against NHS privatisation

A demonstration has been held in Peebles to oppose any privatisation of the NHS.

The protestors believe that a trade deal between Europe and the United States could open the way for US companies to become involved in the British health service.

Demonstrations are being held across the country. The Government and the EU say that the deal won't lead to privatisation but protestors remain unconvinced.


Mountain bike summit held in Borders

Champion cyclist Grant Ferguson is taking part in the first International Mountain Bike Conference in Peebles. Credit: ITV Border

Champion cyclist Grant Ferguson is taking part in the first International Mountain Bike Conference in Peebles.

Up for discussion will be the issues affecting mountain biking as its popularity continues to grow. Grant, from Peebles, will talk about his personal experiences of mountain biking in Scotland.

Peebles passenger killed in crash

A 22-year-old man from Peebles has died in a crash on Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh.

Kyle Thomson was a front seat passenger in a Hyundai car, which was involved in a crash with a Subaru Impreza around 11.10pm on Friday 7th November.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary along with the driver, 24-year-old Sean Allan, and another male passenger before passing away in the early hours of Monday 10th November. Sean Allan was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital and the third male is receiving treatment.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Police Scotland.

Salmond visits local veterans and children in Peebles

First Minister Alex Salmond is visiting Peebles later today where he's expected to announce further funding for war memorials across Scotland.

Hundreds of memorials have already been restored to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Mr Salmond will meet with local veterans and primary school children during his visit.

First Minister Alex Salmond Credit: PA

Government considers Scottish abuse inquiry

The Scottish Government has told ITV Border it's considering launching an inquiry into child sexual abuse. With much attention on the troubled inquiry south of the border, ministers in Scotland are under growing pressure to act.

Today Alex Salmond confirmed a statement will be made at Holyrood next week. Joe Pike has been speaking to one survivor of child sex abuse who now lives in Peebles.


75-year-old cyclist hospitalised after crash

A 75-year-old cyclist has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Peebles.

According to police the pedal cyclist, named as Carl Lane, was hit by a Volvo XC90. Mr Lane was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary but later transferred to the Spinal Unit at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. He's described as being in a 'serious but stable condition'.

Police Scotland are encouraging witnesses to get in contact.

Police appeal after A72 accident

The crash happened on the A72 near to Eshiels. Credit: ITV Border

Police in Peebles have renewed an appeal for witnesses after a collision on the A76 near Eshiels.

The accident happened at around 6pm on Monday, October 27.

Carl Lane, 75, was struck by a Volvo XC90, and was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He was later transferred to the Spinal Unit at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, where he is in a serious but stable condition.

Police believe several motorists may have witnessed the collision, but have not yet come forward.

"This is a serious incident and we are urging anyone who witnessed the initial collision to immediately come forward and help with police enquiries.

“Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– PC Rory Wilson

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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