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Dumfries man tries to overturn English driving ban after failing Scottish drink-driving test

A man is seeking to overturn a driving ban in England, after he was caught over the drink-drive limit in Scotland.

Ashley Medicks, who lives near Dumfries, says his breath-alcohol test was higher than the Scottish legal limit, but under the English one.

He now wants his ban lifted south of the Border.

Matthew Taylor went to meet him:

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Borders Railway announces it has carried 700,000+ passengers since opening six months ago

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More than 700,000 people travelled on the Borders Railway during its first six months of operation.

That's 22% more than was forecast.

The route extends from Edinburgh to Tweedbank and Transport Minister Humza Yousaf says the passenger numbers further justify the decision to restore rail services to the region after more than 40 years.

He also says a feasibility study into extending the line to Hawick and Carlisle will happen:


£33,000 lottery funding for Borders community groups

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Six community groups in the Scottish Borders will benefit from more than £33,000 of lottery funding.

The money comes from the Communities and Families Fund in conjunction with the Big Lottery Fund.

One of the groups to receive funding is 'Post-Natal Depression Borders':

The service has been running for five years now and of course our budget goes up, we see more mothers. We tend to treat them for longer to make sure they really are well when they've had their time with us. All of this costs more money."

– Barbara Wright, Chairman, PND Borders

Man's life saved by AED used for the first time by Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue

The Casualty being loaded into one of TVMRTs Land Rover Ambulances Credit: The Casualty being loaded into one of TVMRTs Land Rover Ambulances

An AED was used for the first time (Saturday 28th May) by the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, to help save the life of a man who was taking part in a Mountain Bike Event after he suffered a heart attack.

He was attended to by an event marshal, members of Tweed Valley Bike Patrol and other competitors who happened to be medically trained after becoming seriously unwell.

Basic Life Support and CPR was given, but within 4 minutes, an AED was used from one of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Land Rover ambulances.

TVMRT were helped by the British Heart Foundation - Scotland in November 2012, to get 2 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for their Land Rover Ambulances.

The man was then taken by air to the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh where he is said to be doing well.

“Todays incident shows that a combination of basic life support training and having early access to an AED makes a real difference in the short time period after a casualty suffers a Cardiac Arrest.”

– Dr Alex McDonald, TVMRT Medical Officer
The Casualty being loaded into the Helimed Air Ambulance Credit: TVMRT

What is an AED?

An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a life-saving machine that can give the heart a controlled electrical shock during a cardiac arrest.

For every minute that passes without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by about 10 per cent.

Research shows that giving a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chance of survival.

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