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Inquest into death of security contractor begins

Paul McGuigan and his mother Corrine Boyd-Russell Credit: ITV Border

An inquest into the death of a security contractor who was shot by a colleague in Iraq has begun.

Paul McGuigan, whose mother Corrine is from Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, was killed in 2009.

Dan Fitzsimons is currently serving a 20-year jail sentence in Iraq for the deaths of Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare.

Scottish Borders teenagers release child rights handbook

A team from Scottish Borders Youth Voice have created a handbook to teach their peers about children's rights.

It took the ten teenagers 18 months to produce the Child Rights Ambassador Handbook, which encourages others to be leaders in their school and community, and pass their knowledge on to their friends.

Funding was provided by Scottish Borders Council, and the Truth About Youth fund.

“It was great to help run our first training session after all our hard work. I am excited about getting the project set up in schools all over the Borders so that other young people can gain the skills and confidence that I have through the child rights group.”

– Gemma Watson, Scottish Borders Youth Voice

Residents get up to speed with Superfast broadband

An information session is being held in Newtown St Boswells to teach local people about how fibre broadband works.

A specially adapted van called the Mobile Fibre Showcase will roll into the town at 12:30 on 7 October.

It'll be based at the Scottish Borders Council HQ, and visitors can learn how to make the most of the Superfast broadband, which is being rolled out across the country.

"The Council is investing £8.4million into the rollout of superfast broadband in the Borders. This re-enforces our commitment to making sure the best broadband infrastructure is in place for households and businesses across the area. This event in Newtown St Boswells, which is open for any member of the public or business to attend, has been arranged to make sure local people are aware of the benefits fibre broadband will bring."

– Councillor Stuart Bell

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