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Thousands turn up for Border Union Show

The 201st Border Union Show was bathed in sunshine today, as thousands turned out to enjoy the agricultural event.

Top politicians also came out to soak up the sunshine. Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Environment Minister spent the day looking round the show ground.

Thousands turn up for Border Union Show
Border Union Show Credit: ITV News

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Region's drivers ranked best for first-time passes

Figures released by an insurance company show that almost twice as many learners pass first time in parts of Cumbria and South Scotland, than in other areas of the UK.

Drivers in our region have ranked well in first-time passes
Drivers in our region have ranked well in first-time passes Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The report says that more drivers pass in Kelso then anywhere else, with 70 percent getting their licence first time.

Hours to go until Wickerman Festival kicks off

The thirteenth Wickerman Festival kicks off today at Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright.

Around 12,000 people are expected at the event over the weekend.

This year's Wickerman Festival gets underway today
This year's Wickerman Festival gets underway today Credit: ITV Border

Dizzee Rascal and Scottish band Del Amitri are this year's headliners.

The festival finishes with the Wickerman going up in flames on Saturday night.

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Couple racially assaulted in Eyemouth

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a couple were racially assaulted in Eyemouth.

The incident happened at 11pm on Tuesday, 22 July outside the Kurdi Grill takeaway and a 24-year-old man received 'serious' facial injuries.

Police say the Pakistani man and his Latvian wife were walking their dog in Market Place when they were approached by an unknown suspect..

The man was taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment.

"We are treating this serious assault as a racially aggravated attack.

"We will not tolerate any form of hate crime and anyone found to be involved in crimes of this nature can expect to be dealt with by Police Scotland."

– Inspector John Scott, Police Scotland

Anyone with any information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Borders swimming star to compete in 400m freestyle

Our region's first athlete is in action today at the Commonwealth Games as the Borders' Daniel Wallace swims in the 400m freestyle heat.

Daniel Wallace is a swimmer originally from the Borders
Daniel Wallace is swimming in todays 400m freestyle heat Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Daniel went to Chirnside Primary school and Duns Swimming club where he first started his swimming career.

He has since moved to East Lothian and travelled to the US to study.

Watch his performance and see how he gets on at 11am.

13 people died around our region's coast last year

13 people died around our region's coast last year
13 people died around our region's coast last year Credit: PA

More people die at the coast each year than are killed in cycling accidents, according to new findings from the RNLI.

13 people died around our region's coast last year.

The figures come as the charity launch a major drowning awareness campaign - Respect the Water.

Golden eagles could 'thrive' in Southern Scotland

Golden Eagles could thrive and prosper again in the South of Scotland according to a report.

However, Scottish Natural Heritage has warned that the population will only increase if work is carried out to improve the types of habitat on which the eagles depend.

The study has also raised the possibility of the species returning in large numbers to the north of England.

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