A Farmer's Diary

Jenny Longden's been on her monthly trip to visit our resident farmer Stephen Withers in his fields in Jedburgh.

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Biker treated in hospital

A motorcyclst has been treated in hospital after being thrown from his machine in a single vehicle accident in the Scottish Borders.

The 21-year-old male came off his bike on the A68 road between Lauder and Oxton near to the junction with the A697 around 2pm yesterday (April 18).

The road was closed and diversions put in place while the emergency services were at the scene.The motorcyclist was taken to Borders General Hospital with what are described as "non life-threatening injuries."

Norovirus improvement at Borders General Hospital

Norovirus at the Borders General Hospital is still present but the hospital reports an improving picture, with only one ward remaining closed.

NHS Borders Infection Control Team are managing the situation with support from frontline colleagues.

The virus is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea and vomiting and can occur at any time of year.

Norovirus is very infectious and spreads quickly between people.

As a precaution visits are being discouraged.

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Gold panners find human bones in stream

Human bones have been found by gold panners in a stream near Meadowfoot Cemetery in Dumfries and Galloway.

A skull and part of a femur were discovered by two men from the Hampshire area on Sunday morning.

Another bone was found when police cordoned off an area around a mile from Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway.

It is thought that the bones have come from graves outside the nearby Cemetery, which dates back to 1751, and that they may have been washed into the burn following heavy rain in recent weeks.

Police say the bones were examined and are very old.

Police investigate attempted hospital break-in

Police are investigating an attempted break-in to stores at Annan Hospital.

The incident is believed to have happened between 12pm on Friday 11 April and 8:30am on Monday 14 April.

No entry was gained to the stores, but around £500 worth of damage was caused to the property.

A white coloured Ford Transit van was seen at the hospital on the afternoon of Sunday 13 April. Police are keen to trace the occupants the van.

MSP leads campaign to save courts

The MSP for South Scotland Jim Hume is leading a campaign to try and prevent the closure of sheriff courts in Selkirk and Jedburgh.

This follows the decision to shut courts in Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as at Duns and Peebles as part of a cost cutting exercise by the Scottish Government.

Jim Hume and Willie Rennie Scottish Lib Dem leader tell us about the campaign:

MSP leads campaign to prevent court closures

MSP for South Scotland Jim Hume is leading a campaign to try and prevent the closure of Sheriff courts in Selkirk and Jedburgh.**

Discussions about doing that and opening a central justice centre in the borders in Galashiels are being held in Edinburgh.**

Jim Hume MSP and Scottish Lib Deb leader Willie Rennie join protestors Credit: ITV Border

A group of protesters met in Selkirk today along with Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie.

The decision to shut courts in Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, and Duns and Peebles has already been made as part of a cost cutting exercise by the Scottish Government.

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