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Body found near Glencaple

Police Scotland have recovered a body from a beach near Glencaple Credit: PA

Police Scotland have recovered the body of a male person from a beach near Glencaple in Dumfries and Galloway.

The body was discovered by a member of the public at around 10.30am today.

As yet no formal identification has been made but police say the family of Macauley McQueen have been informed.

The 19-year-old was last seen entering the River Nith on December 22.

Borders farmers targetted by bogus callers

Farmers in the Scottish Borders are being warned about bogus callers posing as police.

Two farmers from near Selkirk were called by fraudsters claiming to be the police and asking for a donation to charity.

The callers said they were working on behalf of a juvenile crime against agricultural workers charity, and asked for donations starting at £200.

Police Scotland are asking farmers to be wary of these scams.

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Search for Eyemouth fisherman called off

Police and the RNLI have been searching the harbour and coast. Credit: Bill Johnson

The official search for a fisherman from Eyemouth, who went missing before Christmas, has now been called off.

John Young, 66, was last seen leaving The Fleet pub on the evening of Friday, December 19. He was heading towards the harbour area.

Police Scotland and the Eyemouth Lifeboat Crew have been searching the harbour and coastline, but have still not found him.

The search has now been called off. Credit: Bill Johnson

The search has now been called off, but police are still appealing for any information on his whereabouts.

"Police in Eyemouth are continuing to appeal for information to trace John Young, from Eyemouth, who was last seen in the Fleet bar on the evening 19th December.

A search of the harbour and surrounding areas was carried out by coastguards and police divers, but this has now been exhausted.

However we are continuing to appeal for anyone who believes they saw John on the evening of Friday 19th December around the Fleet bar and Eyemouth Harbour, to come forward to police."

– Police Scotland

Major drugs operation leads to arrest

A Galashiels man has made a private court appearance following a major drugs operation involving more than 100 police officers in the Scottish Borders.

Raymond Russell, 34, was charged with being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug to another person and also drug possession.

He made no plea or declaration at Jedburgh Sheriff Court and his case was continued for further examination. Russell was released on bail pending his next court appearance on a date yet to be confirmed.

He was arrested and charged along with a 32-year-old man as part of Operation Archerfish on Thursday which targeted people being suspected of being involved in the sale of and supply of drugs.

Police Scotland say they are also looking for another man in connection with a cannabis cultivation.

8 houses in Galashiels, Hawick, Kelso and Selkirk were searched on Thursday as part of Operation Archerfish, which targeted people suspected of being involved in the sale and supply of drugs.Cannabis was recovered, as well as other suspected controlled drugs.

A total of £1200 cash was seized, with drugs with a street value in the region of £3750.

More than one hundred officers were involved in what's being called the biggest operation in the Borders in the past two years.

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Two men arrested in Borders drugs operation

Two men have been arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act, after a major operation in the Scottish Borders.

The men, aged 32 and 34, will appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court tomorrow morning. The police are searching for another man.

Eight houses were searched as part of Operation Archerfish, which targeted people suspected of being involved in the sale and supply of drugs.

Cannabis was recovered, as well as other suspected controlled drugs.

A total of £1200 cash was seized, with drugs with a street value in the region of £3750.

More than one hundred officers were involved in what's being called the biggest operation in the Borders in the past two years.

"This operation was devised due to feedback from the local community.

"Over 100 officers took part in today's executive day of action and we have sent a strong message to those in our community who peddle harmful substances to the public.

"However our work does not stop today. Tackling drug crime and drug misuse as a key priority for Police Scotland. "We need more information from the public in order to stop these criminals."

– Stephen Healy, Detective Chief Inspector, Specialist Crime Division

Police Execute Operation Archerfish

A major drugs operation has been undertaken in the Scottish Borders.

Operation Archerfish was conducted this morning at various addresses in Galashiels, Hawick, Kelso and Selkirk. The operation is the culmination of long process of intelligence gathering, which has allowed police to target people who distribute drugs in the local community.

Around 65 police officers took part in today’s operation, which is a proactive initiative by Police Scotland to address concerns in the local community. The organisation is eager to target those involved in the sale and supply of drugs in the Borders with a significant day of enforcement.

Police will be distributing information about the illegal use of drugs, and how it can be reported, in Galashiels town centre in the afternoon. There will be highly visible patrols on duty throughout the day.

Police Scotland is also working with the Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders to negate any impact of this operation.

“Today’s successful operation is the start of long-term plan to tackle drugs use and supply throughout the region.”

“This operation was successful due to the multi-agency approach that we have taken to address this issue. We are deploying a large amount of resources to the Borders with the explicit aim of tackling drug misuse and distribution.

“The sale and use of illegal substances is a scourge on our community and is a top priority for Police Scotland. We will not tolerate this type of anti-social behaviour in the Borders and we will continue to hold those who peddle drugs in our community to account.”

– Scottish Borders Area Commander Chief Inspector Andrew McLean

“The Community Planning Partnership, of which NHS Borders and the Council are part of, fully supports the action taken by Police Scotland today in tackling drug crime in communities in the Scottish Borders.

“Many local people will not think there is a significant drug problem in the area, however NHS Borders and other agencies in the Scottish Borders are at the front line and see the impact of substance misuse on a daily basis.

“Drugs have a devastating impact on people’s health, well-being and life in general, and we have a range of confidential support services available for adults and young people. Being vigilant in your own community towards this activity can help tackle this destructive crime.”

– Dr Eric Baijal, Joint Director of Public Health for NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council

Two die in Borders car crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after two people died in a car crash in the Borders on Friday.

The 24 year driver of a silver Toyota Corolla car died at the scene, along with a 23 year old passenger.

The collision happened around 3:40pm on Friday afternoon on the A6105 Duns to Greenlaw Road.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Scotland.

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