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New charges for Peebles car parks

New charges at three car parks in Peebles will come into force on Saturday 1 August.

  • At Edinburgh Road Car Park - drivers will only pay 20p for the first two hours
  • Greenside and Swimming Pool car parks, the first four hours of a stay between Monday and Saturday will also now have a 20p charge

The introduction of a nominal 20p charge at these car parks has been made to avoid confusion and will ensure motorists understand that a ticket has to be displayed during charging periods.”

– Councillor Gordon Edgar


Peebles postman saves elderly woman

The postman has been recognised for his heroics. Credit: PA

A postman from Peebles has been invited to the Queen's Garden Party - after saving an elderly woman's life.

Lawrence Fairbairn was delivering letters in the town when he heard cries for help coming from the woman's flat.

He found she had become stuck in the bath because of a back problem, and had been trapped there for three days.

After calling the ambulance, he was told she would have died of dehydration, had she remained there for another day.

I was delivering mail to a block of flats on a Tuesday in April, when I heard faint cries for help.

I pushed open a door and discovered a lady who had been stuck in her bath for three days. She was very cold, dehydrated and frightened. I didn't get far inside before I could see the lady through the bathroom door. I didn't go any further - to preserve her decency - but she told me she had been in there since Saturday and it was now Tuesday morning.

She had a problem with her back and was unable to get out of the bath. I called the ambulance, waited for them to come and left it to them.

I hadn't realised the seriousness of the situation until I spoke to a friend who said the woman would have died of dehydration if she had been there another day."

– Lawrence Fairbairn

Lawrence has now been invited to the Queen's Garden Party at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, on 1 July.

We are all very proud of Lawrence. His actions demonstrate exactly why our postmen and women are such highly valued members of their local communities.

We hope he enjoys attending the Garden Party in recognition of his efforts."

– Andrew Ebner, Peebles delivery office manager

Road rage attack on autistic teenager in Peebles

Police Scotland. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses, after an autistic teenager was the victim of a road rage attack in Peebles.

The 16-year-old boy was crossing the High Street with his female friend, at around 12:15pm on Tuesday 16 June.

A blue Mazda 6 car stopped as they crossed, and the driver then left his vehicle and grabbed the victim, before verbally abusing him.

He then got back into his car and drove away.

He's described as white, between 40 and 50, 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build and with short dark hair.

Police Scotland want anyone with information to contact them on 101.

We believe the driver of the car became annoyed at the length of time the victim and his friend were taking to cross the road and confronted them.

This was a very distressing experience for both of them and we want to trace the driver as soon as possible.

Anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has information relevant to our investigation should contact police immediately."

– Inspector Bryan Burns


World Champion aims to go for hat-trick in Peebles

Last year's women's champion Tracy Moseley Credit: ITV Border

The current Enduro World Series Women's Champion says the event in Peebles is "a true test of your ability as a rider".

UK rider Tracy Moseley is competing in the competition this weekend.

She won both the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and told ITV Border it's great to be riding on home turf.

EWS brings long-term benefits to Tweed Valley

Hundreds of mountain bikers come to Peebles for a week for the Enduro World Series, but organisers claim it also has a long term impact on the local economy.

The race on the Tweed Valley's famous biking trails in Innerleithen and Glentress attract riders from around the world.

Enduro World Series Managing Director Chris Ball says that means it brings added benefits:

Peebles textile mill faces closure

Credit: ITV Border

A Borders textile mile which has a 350 year history faces closure unless a buyer is found, with the potential loss of nearly 90 jobs.

Staff members at the March Street Mill in Peebles have been informed of a possible closure by owner's Moorbrook Textiles.

The owner's say they are seeking to identify potential buyers, but so far have been unsuccessful.

The 87 employees that work in the mill have been informed of a possible closure, and the start of a 30-day consultation process.

Some staff may be offered the opportunity to relocate to Ayr.

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