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Dunsdale Haugh in Selkirk to close for 5 months

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Dunsdale Haugh in Selkirk will close today for around five months to allow work to be carried out on the town's flood protection scheme.

The £31m project will protect almost 600 properties from the Shaw Burn stream and is due to be completed by the end of the year:

Since January our contractors RJ McLeod have commenced working in the Dunsdale Haugh area protecting against flooding from the Shaw Burn. We've undertaken some of the simpler operations in this area through January through until April and we're now about to commence the more complicated piece of work.

– Conor Price, Project Manager, Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.

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Phone scam warning from Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Borders Council has issued a warning after a fraudster, claiming to work for the council, tried to con a resident over the phone

The would-be victim received a call from a man in relation to non-payment of council tax.

The bogus official wanted payment over the phone, which the resident refused to provide.

A spokesman for Scottish Borders Council said:

"Council officers or their agents may contact residents by telephone to discuss unpaid council tax and may accept payment over the telephone. However this will have been preceded by written confirmation of the unpaid council tax. The officers or agents will also have full details of account and will never insist payment be made by telephone. Residents should be extremely wary of unsolicited phone calls and if in any doubt should not give out personal details and contact the Council via the Customer Services Team telephone number 0300 100 1800."

Anyone who has received a call that they are concerned about should also contact the Council’s Customer Services team.

Here are some tips which might help to protect you from bogus phone callers or identity theft, fraud and scams:

  • Consider making your phone number ex-directory
  • Don’t give out any personal information unless you are the one who made the call and you are certain of the identity of the person you are speaking to
  • Don’t give out your credit card or bank card details to strangers on the telephone
  • Never tell somebody your bank PIN number, even if they claim to be the bank or police. If the caller is genuine they will never ask for this information
  • Don’t give out information which may infer that you live alone, are older or vulnerable
  • Never send money to anyone who claims to have a prize for you
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