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Jedburgh locals cheer on tonight's Border Counties Rally

Border Counties Rally 2017 is set to begin tonight Credit: Border Counties Rally

With thousands of people expected in Jedburgh over the weekend for the Border Counties Rally, local businesses say it's a real boost to the economy.

More than 120 teams have been arriving in the Borders and with the rally taking place over two days, hotels, B&B's and restaurants are all at full capacity.

Ralph Jonentz, who runs the Abbey Takeaway in Jedburgh Town Centre, says it's a great weekend for business.

Ralph Jonentz who runs a business in Jedburgh Town Centre welcomes the rally Credit: ITV Border

"We've been supporting the rally for the past 15 years and it really is brilliant for us. Compared to every other weekend of the year it is a huge boost. Not just for us but for the whole of the town. The atmosphere is brilliant."

– Ralph Jonentz

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Appeal for suspicious fire witnesses

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Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following a suspicious fire in Galashiels.

The incident happened around 1am this morning in Scott Park.

A plastic bin was set alight before the flames spread to the swing set and rubber ground cover.

Police say the park sustained significant damage and inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible.

Officers are particularly keen to trace two young people seen running away from the area at the time the fire broke out.

"The Scott Park is popular for dog walkers and families and this mindless act of destruction means that the bin will be out of use until it can be repaired.

"We are pursuing various local lines of inquiry to trace the culprits and would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, or who has information relevant to this investigation, to contact police immediately."

– Inspector Tony Hodges, Galashiels Police Station

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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