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WATCH: Councillor urges Prime Minister to re-think right-to-buy scheme

A council in Cumbria has written to the Prime Minister, urging the government to drop it's plans to extend the Right to Buy scheme.

Under the plans housing association tenants will have the chance to buy the properties they live in at vastly reduced discounts.

But South Lakeland District Council says that will reduce the amount of social housing that's available for people in need - damaging an area that's already struggling to meet the demand for homes.

Tim Backshall reports

Hospitalised man searches for drug provider with knuckleduster

Police Scotland are investigating the case Credit: ITV Border

A teenager who was hospitalised after taking a mystery pink tablet was arrested for having a knuckle duster in the street just 24 hours after his release.

Connor Jackson, 18, was among a group of 10 young men in Hawick, who fell ill last week after taking the unidentified substance. But during the early hours of Sunday morning he was said to be searching for the person who had provided the drug while intoxicated and in possession of the offensive weapon.

Jackson was arrested by police who were concerned about his behaviour and he appeared from custody today at Jedburgh Sheriff Court where he pleaded guilty to having the knuckle duster on him.

Deferring for background reports Sheriff Peter Paterson said it was "astonishing" that after being hospitalised for consuming some sort of drug, Jackson was back out on the street 24 hours later intoxicated.

He told him:

You seem incapable of learning a lesson in life. Instead you tried to take the law into your own hands looking for the people involved."

– Sheriff Peter Paterson

Jackson of Teviotdale Court, Hawick, who claimed he found the knuckle-duster lying on the ground, had sentence deferred until September 22 for a Criminal Justice Social Work report to be prepared.

Police Scotland said that in total 10 teenagers as young as 14 had been treated at Borders General Hospital near Melrose as a result of consuming the as yet unidentified pink-coloured tablet which had been circulating in the Hawick area.

They have all since been discharged from hospital.

Hawick teenager remanded in custody over unknown pink drug

Hawick teenager has appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court Credit: ITV Border

A Hawick teenager has appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court in connection with the incident which resulted in the hospitalisation of 10 young men who took an unidentified substance.

19 year old Jamie Bonnor Thomson was charged with culpable and reckless conduct.

It follows 10 men aged between 14 and 18 falling ill after consuming what police described as a pink-coloured tablet.

They were all treated at Borders General Hospital and later discharged.

Thomson made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination.

He was remanded in custody by Sheriff Peter Paterson.

He is expected to appear in court again within eight days


Hawick youngsters raise £21,000

Callum and Finn have raised thousands for charity Credit: ITV Border

Two cousins aged just 11 and 9 have raised more than £21,000 for charity

Callum Murray from Hawick and his cousin Finn ran 100 miles in 100 days to help buy toys and treats for children in hospital.

Callum was diagnosed with AML leukaemia four years ago and is now in remission

Eyemouth RNLI join search for missing surfer

RNLI Credit: ITV Border

Eyemouth lifeboat and its volunteer crew were called out at 18:41 on Sunday, to concerns for the safety of a surfer who had not been seen getting out of the water at Coldingham Bay.

Eyemouth lifeboat joined St Abbs lifeboat, SeaKing 131 from RAF Boulmer and Eyemouth Coastguard teams to carry out an extensive search of the area.

The search lasted for two hours, during which time the Coastguard teams were able to account for all vehicles and their owners parked at Coldingham beach and St Abbs, allowing Aberdeen Coastguard to stand all the search and rescue units down.

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