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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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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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Scottish Labour leader to be announced December 13

The Scottish Labour Party have agreed a timetable for electing its new leader following the resignation of Johann Lamont.

  • Leadership candidates can declare their candidacy from October 27
  • MPs, MSPs and MEPs nominations will open on October 31
  • These nominations close on November 4
  • The ballot commences on November 17
  • The new leader will be announced on December 13

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
  • Mediterranean appearance
  • narrow moustache on upper lip with a pointed goatee beard
  • tan t-shirt, chainsaw safety trousers and boots

“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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