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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


Masterplan for Glentress revealed

Glentress Forest Credit: ITV Border

Members of the public are being asked to have their say on an ambitious multi-million pound development plan for Glentress Forrest.

Cyclists at Glentress Forest Credit: ITV Border

The Forestry Commission Scotland are working with Scottish Borders Council to come up with ideas to improve the forest for visitors over the next 20 years.

Cycling is a popular activity in Glentress Forest Credit: ITV Border

Among the plans are improved mountain biking trails, better access to the trails, an indoor activity centre, more parking and luxury lodges.

Development of Peebles forest

Glentress Forest Credit: ITV Border

People are being asked how a Borders forest could be improved as a recreation area and tourist attraction.

A twelve week consultation is taking place that could see new walking and biking trails being developed at Glentress Forest near Peebles.

Cyclists at Glentress Peel Credit: ITV Border

Sweet shop targeted in sledgehammer raid

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglary at a sweet shop in Peebles.

The suspects forced entry with a sledgehammer at around 4:55am on Sunday 9 August, and left with the cash register and a three-figure sum of money.

They're described as three men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

They were driving a silver or grey BMW with the registration number SK14 UPF.

Police Scotland say a number of people taking part in a cycling event witnessed the raid.

They're linking it to other break-ins at commercial properties in Loanhead and Edinburgh at the weekend:

These suspects have targeted several commercial premises in the space of a few hours across Edinburgh and the Lothians and Borders.

Although their criminal behaviour has not profited them financially to any great extent, they have caused a considerable amount of damage and alarmed several witnesses.

Anyone with information that can help us to bring these suspects to justice is asked to contact us on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Sergeant Alan Young

Thousands to take part in Tour o' the Borders

The event gets bigger every year Credit: Tour of the Borders

More than 2000 riders are expected to take part in a closed road cycle event in the Scottish Borders tomorrow (Sunday 9th August).

Tour o' the Borders has grown from having just 300 participants in its opening year in 2012.

Cyclists can chose between a 120km or an 88km route. Both start and finish in Peebles and take riders through the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys.

The estimated economic impact of Tweedlove bike festival and Tour o’ the Borders is £1.7 million.

Riders are registering to take part in the ride today Credit: ITV Border
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