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Woman from Selkirk missing

Police in the Scottish Borders are trying to find a woman reported missing in Selkirk.

Morag Edwards from Buccleuch Road was last seen in the area around her home address at around 1am on Tuesday 2nd July

Morag is 42 and has not been in contact with friends or family since that time. Concern is now growing for her welfare.

She is described as white, 5ft 4 inches tall with a slim build , short dyed red hair ,wearing glasses and was last seen wearing dark coloured leggings and a dark coloured top.

Inspector Kevin Harris said: "Local officers have been conducting enquiries within the Selkirk area to trace Morag since she was reported missing.

"We are keen to establish her whereabouts as soon as possible and anyone who believes they have seen her since the early hours of this morning is asked to come forward.

“In addition, we would ask Morag to get in touch with friends, family or police and let us know you are safe and well.”


Mortar shell explosion in Earlston

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a mortar shell in the Scottish Borders.

Police discovered an unexploded mortar shell at an address in Haughhead Avenue in Earlston yesterday, Monday 21 July.

The item was examined by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit before being taken to a nearby field, where a controlled explosion was carried out.

Police Scotland say there was no danger to the public at any time.

Jedburgh remembers local men who served in WW1

Jedburgh Castle Jail is currently hosting an exhibition looking at the local men who served in World War I and the impact on their lives.

The exhibition includes photographs supplied by the Jedforest Historical Society, such as a picture of volunteers leaving Jedburgh Station in 1914 to go to serve in the war.

Also on show are reproductions of recruitment posters, which aim to show the pressure on men to volunteer before conscription was introduced in 1916.

Life at the front line is illustrated through objects, many of which are on loan from the Jedburgh branch of the Royal British Legion.

These include brass shell ends made into containers by soldiers in the trenches, a soldier’s water bottle and an officer’s knife and fork, as well as postcards sent to loved ones at home.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, 2 November.

Borderers congratulated ahead of Commonwealth Games

A dozen athletes from the Borders have been congratulated ahead of their Commonwealth Games appearances.

Scottish Borders Council congratulated the 12 athletes who will compete across six different disciplines during the 11 days of action.

"If you take the Borders as a percentage of Scotland's population then we have double the number of athletes from our region that we could have expected.

“I'm sure Borderers will get behind these 12 talented young people in their various competitions and I know many people are looking forward to travelling up to Glasgow from the Borders to see them in action.”

– Councillor Vicky Davidson, Scottish Borders Council

The 12 Borders athletes to compete at Glasgow Commonwealth Games are:

  • Lee Jones of Selkirk, Stuart Hogg of Hawick, Scott Wight of Melrose (Rugby 7s)
  • Jak Scott of Hawick and Lucy Hope of Crailing (swimming)
  • Sarah Robertson of Selkirk (hockey)
  • Chris O'Hare of West Linton, Guy Learmonth of Berwick, Libby Clegg of Newcastleton; Sam Kinghorn of Gordon (athletics)
  • Grant Ferguson of Peebles (cycling)
  • Jo Pettitt of West Linton (netball)

Cairn of "friendship" to be built in Gretna

The foundation stone for a cairn is being laid in Gretna that those opposed to Scottish Independence hope will become a symbol of the links between Scotland and England.

People are being invited to place a stone on the cairn, called The Auld Acquaintance, to show their support for the friendship between the two nations.

The Yes Campaign, which wants the people of Scotland to support independence in September's referendum, said that Scotland and England would be friends even if Scotland left the UK.

The Auld Acquaintance is a traditional circular dry-stone structure and people are invited to bring their own stone, or use traditional slate, lime and sand stones supplied on-site.

Dry-stone wallers from both sides of the border will be working on the construction, which has been designed by architect Paul Jakulis in a bend of the River Sark - the precise borderline between Scotland and England - next to Scotland's First House.

"Please join us in this very special project on the English-Scottish border at Gretna Green. We are inviting individuals and families from across the UK to bring their favourite stone - or to use the stones we will be supplying - to work with us and build what we're calling The Auld Acquaintance. The Auld Acquaintance will be built in the great traditional British tradition of a stone cairn, a statement of our respect, our love, our affection for the United Kingdom."

– Rory Stewart MP, Conservative Penrith and The Border

I welcome the cairn celebrating friendship between Scotland and England. Scotland and England will be friends whether there's a yes or a no vote. We're not going anywhere and will continue to be friends.

– Joan McAlpine MSP, Scottish National Party South Scotland


Young people urged to register as voters

Young people in the Borders are being urged to register to vote
Young people in the Borders are being urged to register to vote Credit: PA

Young people in the Borders are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

The vote will take place across Scotland on Thursday, 18 September.

To help new voters find out more, a drop in session is being held in Galashiels on 23 August where an Electoral Registration Officer from the council will be joined by members of the Scottish Youth Parliament and Scottish Borders Youth Voice.

The team will be in the Market Square from 11.00am - 4.00pm where young and first time voters will be able to register, if they have not already done so, and get answers to any questions they may have.

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