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MSP Lamont calls for bus cuts meeting

John Lamont. Credit: John Lamont.

A local MSP has hit out at proposals to axe a number of bus routes in the Scottish Borders.

John Lamont, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, says he has requested a meeting with First Group, which is considering the cuts.

While these services may not be that well used, in a rural area like the Borders they are vital for some, including pensioners and those who don’t drive.

Instead of cutting services, I want bus operators and the Council to work together to ensure that we have a properly integrated transport system in the Borders which fits people’s needs.

– John Lamont MSP

Scottish Borders businesses warned of counterfeit money

Money. Credit: PA

Police are warning businesses in the Scottish Borders to watch out for counterfeit money.

Since the start of this week, there have been three reports of fake bank notes being used at shops throughout East Lothian and the Borders.

On Monday, 23 May, two shops were targeted in Dunbar and North Berwick.

On the following day a store in Coldstream confirmed it had also received counterfeit currency.

On each occasion, the notes were reported to be of a “high-quality”, and appeared legitimate on first sight.

The notes are all Bank of England £20 notes, with either the serial number “AH03 269110” or “HH11 227632”.

It is a criminal offence to hold or pass a note that you know to be counterfeit. I would ask the public to be aware of the recent circulation of counterfeit currency, and to check any paper notes they have received lately to ensure they are legitimate.

If anyone suspects they have been handed or found a fake bank note, they should retain it and contact the police immediately.

– PC Alan Curran, from Haddington Police station

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Jim Clark cancellation blow for Kelso businesses

The Chairman of the Scottish Rally Championship has said that the cancellation of the Jim Clark Rally will have a significant impact on businesses in Kelso.

The rally, which was due to run on Sunday 4th June, provides a major boost to local businesses in the hospitality sector.

However, organisers made the decision to cancel the event due to insufficient entries.

Championship chairman Dave Robson said every effort was made to assist organisers with making sure the event would run, but that offers of financial help were declined.

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