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Schools speed check catches 70 drivers

Police Scotland are carrying out speed checks near primary schools
Police Scotland are carrying out speed checks near primary schools Credit: PA

70 drivers have been stopped in a new scheme which is encouraging drivers to exercise more caution around schools.

Speed checks are being carried out outside 20 primary schools across Lothians and the Borders. Since the scheme began on the 19th August, 70 drivers have been stopped for offences including speeding and dangerous parking.

Police hope this will encourage drivers to slow down and park considerately.

Family pay tribute to missing husband and father

Paul Brown was diving with a group in St Abbs
Paul Brown was diving with a group in St Abbs Credit: Police Scotland

A tribute has been paid to Paul Brown who went missing whilst diving at St Abbs in Eyemouth.

The 49-year-old from Manchester went missing on Sunday morning when his 'buddy diver' lost contact with him underwater and surfaced, but the missing diver was not seen.

An extensive search involving three life boats, an RAF Sea King helicopter and local vessels failed to find him.

'The family are devastated at the situation that has arisen and are in a state of shock. Paul has been a loving husband and father to his two teenage daughters and was participating in his favourite pastime at the time of his disappearance. Paul was an experienced diver and was a frequent visitor to Scotland in pursuit of his long term hobby which has given him so much enjoyment over the years.'

– Statement from the family of Paul Brown

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Missing diver named

A diver who went missing off the coast in the Scottish Borders has been named by police.

49-year-old Paul Brown from Manchester was last seen scuba diving with a group off St Abbs Head near Eyemouth on Sunday.

An extensive search involving three life boats, an RAF Sea King helicopter and local vessels failed to find him.

The rescue has been called off and life boat crews intend to begin combing local beaches.

Borders boast business energy saving potential

Solar panels
Credit: PA

People and businesses and people in the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to consider using renewable energy.

Expert advisors and accredited installers will advise how to save energy in the home and how businesses or communities could generate their own heat and electricity.

'The Scottish Borders is rich in renewable energy potential. Wind, hydro and biomass can all contribute to a thriving low-carbon economy, supporting local businesses, developing new skills and benefiting local communities in the area.'

– Jim Johnstone, Principal Officer (Business) from Business Gateway

The exhibition, hosted by Scottish Borders Council and Business Gateway, will be held at Springwood Hall in Kelso on 30th September.

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