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New lifeboat officially launches in St Abbs

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A lifeboat has been officially named today in St Abbs on the Berwickshire coast.

The village's original vessel was withdrawn by the RNLI last year.

But after a campaign by local residents, the confectionary company Tunnock's made a donation of a quarter of a million pounds to replace it.

The new lifeboat has been named "Thomas Tunnock" after the company's founder.

Credit: Stuart Loudon

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Police seek 'good samaritan' who helped elderly robbery victim

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Police Scotland are trying to trace a 'good samaritan' who helped an 85-year-old woman after she was robbed and injured in Galashiels.

Police have so far managed to trace the man who ran after the offender, but have so far had no luck in finding the woman who comforted the victim until an ambulance arrived.

DC Lizzie Miller said:

This woman is a significant witness and may have information that could help us identify the man responsible.

She is described as an older woman, wearing dark clothing and possibly glasses. If this is you, or you know who she is, please get in contact as soon as possible.

– DC Lizzie Miller

The 85-year-old woman was pushed to the ground as she walked between Croft Street and Greenbank Street at midday on Saturday 10th September.

She suffered serious injuries and the man who assaulted her took her beige handbag and ran off towards a parking area nearby.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the police on 101.

Search officers called in to hunt Galashiels robber

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The hunt for a youth who robbed and injured an 85-year-old woman has been stepped up as five specially trained search officers from Edinburgh have been called in to assist with the investigation.

Police say the suspect was male and was wearing a dark grey hooded top with the hood up. He ran down Greenbank Street in the direction of the Croft Street flats carrying the beige handbag.

The elderly woman was taken to hospital following the attack on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking at the time of the incident, detective inspector Paul Batten said:

This robbery has left an elderly lady with serious injuries and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw the robbery or any suspicious behaviour in the area around 12 noon.

Similarly we would like to hear from anyone who can help us trace the suspect who we believe to be local to the area.

– DETECTIVE INSPECTOR PAUL BATTEN
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