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Borders break-ins happened within days of each other

Police Scotland are appealing for information after break-ins in Hawick and Selkirk have been reported within days of each other.

In Selkirk a property in Ettrickhaugh Road was broken into and a three-figure sum of money was stolen.

And in a separate incident, a toolbox and contents worth £50 were stolen from a lock-up shed at Lochpark Industrial Estate in Hawick.

The break-ins, which happened within a five day period, are being investigated by officers from Operation RAC, a unit dedicated to tackling housebreakings in the Scottish Borders.

  • Selkirk: Between Friday 1 and Monday 4 August.
  • Hawick: Between 2:20pm, Saturday 2, and 11am, Tuesday 5 August.

Anyone with any information relating to either of these crimes is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


18-year-old dies after falling into silo

Police are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive

An 18-year-old man has died after falling into a silo near Hawick.

Police were called to a farm near Denholm at 9:00am this morning, Friday 1 August.

"Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and officers are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive."

– Spokesperson, Police Scotland

Horse left injured after it's attacked in Hawick

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information after a horse was attacked in Hawick.

The incident happened sometime between Monday, 28 and Tuesday, 29 July in a field near the Troweknowes Farm.

The animal suffered two large cuts to its legs, which have required veterinary treatment.

"These injuries were not sustained accidentally and this incident is being treated as a deliberate act of cruelty.

"Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around the Troweknowes farm area of Hawick between Monday and Tuesday is asked to contact police immediately.

"Given the fairly remote location of the field, those responsible most likely travelled by vehicle and we would also urge anyone with information that can help us progress this line of enquiry to get in touch."

– Inspector Carol Wood, Police Scotland

Officers are asking any one with information about the incident to contact them on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man charged with Melrose garage vandalism

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged following vandalism to two cars parked in the forecourt of a garage in Melrose.

The vehicles sustained around £400 worth of damage following the incident, which happened at the DS Dalgleish premises on Saturday, 26 July.

The man was also charged with a breach of bail conditions and was remanded in custody to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Wednesday, 6 August.

Police seek driver after 12-year-old injured in collision

A 12-year-old boy has been injured after he was struck by a car.

Police are looking to trace the driver of an orange Mitsubishi who collided with the boy as he road his bike on the back roads near Kirkbean.

Officers say the incident happened at about 3:00pm on Thursday, 31 July.

The boy was then taken to DGRI for treatment.

Anyone who was in the area around the time of the collision or has any information is asked to contact police on 101.


Three people caught drink driving in five hours

Three people have been caught drink driving within the space of five hours in Stranraer.

A 38-year-old man, a 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman will all be reported to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to drink driving offences.

Police say they were all stopped between late last night, Wednesday 30 July, and the early hours of this morning, Thursday 31 July.

Police Scotland are using this news as an opportunity to remind drivers of the consequences of drink driving.

“The fact that multiple drivers are being caught each and every week proves that some people are so brazen and either don’t think they will be caught or simply don’t care if they do.

"A driver who doesn’t care about their safety and the safety of others should not be on the road.

“So many lives have been affected negatively by these arrogant attitudes of a minority of drivers. Do not stand for it, help save lives, if you suspect a drink driver, call us at the time so we can act and make the roads safer."

– Inspector Neil Hewitson, Roads Policing Unit

Couple racially assaulted in Eyemouth

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a couple were racially assaulted in Eyemouth.

The incident happened at 11pm on Tuesday, 22 July outside the Kurdi Grill takeaway and a 24-year-old man received 'serious' facial injuries.

Police say the Pakistani man and his Latvian wife were walking their dog in Market Place when they were approached by an unknown suspect..

The man was taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment.

"We are treating this serious assault as a racially aggravated attack.

"We will not tolerate any form of hate crime and anyone found to be involved in crimes of this nature can expect to be dealt with by Police Scotland."

– Inspector John Scott, Police Scotland

Anyone with any information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

19,000% rise in D&G 'stop and search' figures

Figures released by Police Scotland have shown that stop and search figures in Dumfries and Galloway have risen by 19,000 percent in the last year.

The document revealed that the number had gone from 16 searches in 2012/2013, to 3,107 in 2013/2014.

The reasons for the searches included drugs, offensive weapons, firearms, stolen property and alcohol.

Of the three thousand people stopped by police, 750 searches led to further action.

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