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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.

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