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Delay to work on new Kelso High School

The start of building works for the new Kelso High School has been delayed by a European ruling.

Scottish Borders Council secured planning permission for the new school in October last year.

But European rules affecting some investment projects - including Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme - have put a halt on the £21.4 million project.

The Council says those involved are working to ensure a solution is found as soon as possible.


Combating hate crime in Cumbria

With disability hate crimes on the rise in Cumbria, a day centre for adults with learning difficulties is highlighting just how damaging and serious the issue can be.

Last year 48 disability hate crimes were reported to Cumbria Police - more than double the number in the previous 12 months.

So to combat this growing problem The Heathlands Project near Carlisle has teamed up with the police to take the anti-hate crime message into local schools.

Today a session was delivered at William Howard School in Brampton to teach pupils what hate crime is and how and why it can have such a devastating impact.

Heathlands Project users have also been speaking about their experiences of hate crime.

"A youth walking along the street tried to fiddle with my wheelchair controls. He then tipped my chair backwards and I hit my head on the pavement.

"It's wrong - everyone who witnesses hate crime or experiences hate crime should report it to the police."

– Hate crime victim and Heathlands Project visitor Steve Woodburn

For more help, information and support on dealing with hate crime take a look at the following links.

Hate crime victim Steve Woodburn Credit: ITV Border


Pupils praise play

Pupils at William Howard School have praised the use of a play to teach them about child sex education.

The play was funded by the Cumbria Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and highlights how both boys and girls can be groomed by adults.

Students say the play was better than just being told about the issue.

Play tackles tough issues

The play tackles the issue of child sex exploitation Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have provided funding for an educational play to visit Cumbrian schools.

The play, which is aimed at students aged between 12 and 15, highlights the issue of child sex exploitation, and how both boys and girls can be groomed by adults .

More than 100,000 parents, pupils, and teachers in the UK have already seen the play, which has been well-received so far.

Today, it visited William Howard School in Brampton.

The play visited William Howard School today Credit: ITV Border
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