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Southern Scotland clothing firm failed to pay workers minimum wage

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A national clothing firm owned by a south of Scotland company failed to pay workers the minimum wage, according to government figures.

Peacock Stores - which is owned by the Langholm-based Edinburgh Woollen Mill group - owed 42 workers more than £2,250.

Peacocks was one of 360 employers across the UK named as underpaying staff.

The company hasn't been available for comment.


Laidlaw ruled out of rugby Six Nations

Greig Laidlaw. Credit: PA

Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw has been ruled out for the rest of the RBS 6 Nations, the Scottish Rugby Union has announced.

The Gloucester scrum-half, who is from Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, was injured in their defeat to France.

He suffered an ankle injury just before half-time as the Dark Blues lost 22-16 in Paris in Saturday.

He left the Stade de France on crutches and was sent back to the Kingsholm Stadium on Monday to be assessed by his club medics.

But Scots head coach Vern Cotter has now been given the bad news that Laidlaw will miss the remainder of the tournament.

Dozens of patients left waiting at A&E

Dozens of patients were left waiting. Credit: PA

Dozens of patients were left waiting more than four hours in the accident and emergency departments of hospitals in the south of Scotland last week.

The target time to admit patients is four hours, but 125 patients had to wait for longer than this.

At the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, and Galloway Community Hospital, eight patients waited more than eight hours, while a further 94 had to wait for more than four hours.

At the Borders General Hospital, 22 patients had to wait for more than four hours, and one patient waited for more than eight hours.

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