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Teenagers charged after fire at former Selkirk mill

Fire crews tackling the blaze at the former Heather Mills site Credit: ITV Border

Two teenagers, aged 12 and 13, have been charged in connection with a fire that broke out at a derelict mill in Selkirk.

Police and fire crews were called to the incident at the former Heather Mills site on South Bridge Street, on Sunday 18 March.

A report will be submitted to the Children’s Reporter.

Police investigate 'suspicious' blaze at former Selkirk mill

Fire crews tackling the blaze at the former Heather Mills site Credit: ITV Border

Investigations are underway after a fire broke out at a derelict mill in Selkirk.

It started at the former Heather Mills site on South Bridge Street just after 6pm on Sunday.

The building was well alight and it took fire crews four hours to extinguish the blaze.

Police Scotland said the fire is being treated as suspicious and enquiries are ongoing.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident number 3138 of 18 March.

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Drivers to be hit by road closures across Selkirk

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Parts of Selkirk, including the A7, will be closed for periods throughout the rest of the month as a series of road works are completed in the town.

Scottish Borders Council say the decision to co-ordinate resurfacing and utilities works was made to minimise disruption for local people and traders.

Main closures include:

  • Ettrick Terrace (A7) from 13 to 24 November - the road will reopen on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November, before a full closure until 24 November.
  • Tower Street (A7) from 20 to 24 November - Tower Street will be closed for 24 hours each day works linked to the £450,000 Selkirk Streetscape project.

Shoppers are advised that businesses will remain open throughout the works.

For the full list of road closures in Selkirk please visit www.scotborders.gov.uk.

Selkirk accountant admits role in £50k fraud scheme

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A Selkirk accountant has admitted to being involved in a fraudulent scheme involving almost £50,000 at the town's sheriff court.

Forty two-year-old William Ian Main pleaded guilty to making fraudulent applications and claims to government agency Skills Development Scotland.

The total sum he obtained by fraud amounted to £47,215.

The offence was committed at his business premises of Stark Main & Co Ltd in Dunsdale Road, Selkirk, between March 2013 and April 2015.

Sentence was deferred on Main of Priory Park, Selkirk, until December 5 for the production of background reports.

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Foreign Office: 'thoughts with Andrew Watt's family'

Andrew Watt Credit: Julie Sheppard

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says its thoughts are with the family of a Scottish Borders man, who died in France.

Andrew Watt passed away in 2010, and his mother is campaigning for a full investigation to be held into his death.

Our thoughts remain with Mr Watt’s family as they continue to examine the circumstances of his death. The investigation into his death is a matter for the French authorities because we cannot interfere in the legal and judicial proceedings of another country, just as we would not allow them to interfere in the UK.

– Foreign Office spokesman
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