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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

Mother to protest at Foreign Office over son's death

Andrew Watt Credit: Julie Sheppard

A Selkirk woman whose son died in north west France in 2010, has travelled to London to protest outside the Foreign Office.

Andrew Watt's mother, Julie Sheppard, is calling for the British government to take more action to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

In 2015, a coroner recorded an open verdict into his death.

Woman attacked from behind in Selkirk

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

Police are investigating after a woman was attacked from behind in Selkirk.

It happened on a footpath between Dunsdale Road and Old Bridge Road, at around 10pm on Thursday 30 March.

The 44-year-old woman was walking alone when she was approached from behind and knocked to the ground, sustaining cuts and bruises to her legs.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

At this time we are still trying to establish the full circumstances surrounding this assault and would urge anyone else who was on the footpath on Thursday evening, and who remembers seeing any suspicious activity, to contact police immediately.

Similarly, anyone with any further information relating to this inquiry should also get in touch.

– Inspector Robbie Noble from Melrose Police Station

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Selkirk wall saga comes to an end

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A long-running saga in Selkirk will come to an end this month when work finally begins on repairing a wall at the Glen Hotel.

The owners of the hotel and Scottish Borders Council have been locked in a war over who was responsible for fixing it for nearly four years.

A temporary one-way system has been in place since May 2013, but the council and the owner of the hotel have now reached ad agreement.

Work is due to get underway in a matter of weeks at a cost of £100,000.

The completion of the works will allow the re-opening of the northbound lane of Yarrow Terrace which has been cordoned off since negotiations began.

"This has been a long standing issue but it was important that an agreeable resolution was found for all parties.

"We understand the considerable disruption caused to local people while negotiations have been ongoing and thank them for their patience.

"Once the work on the wall is completed, the temporary one-way system will be removed and Yarrow Terrace will return to a two-way road."

– Cllr Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Scottish Borders Council

Police appeal after man exposes himself in Selkirk

Police are appealing for witnesses after reports of a man exposing himself in front of a woman and her grand-daughter in Selkirk.

The incident happened on Station Road at around 6pm on Saturday 15th October.

The man is described as being white, aged between 30 and 40 years old with short dark hair, which could have been a wig.

He was wearing a dark coloured dressing gown and outdoor shoes.

"This indecent and inappropriate behaviour is totally unacceptable and has left the two witnesses understandably distressed.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this individual or who has any information that can assist us in identifying him. "Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– Inspector Bryan Burns, Police Scotland

Shuttle bus connects Selkirk to Borders Railway

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Visitors will be able to catch the train to get to this year’s Doors Open Day in Selkirk.

A free half-hourly shuttle bus service will take passengers from Tweedbank Rail Station to Selkirk town centre on Saturday 17 September, when a total of 17 buildings can be accessed free of charge as part of Doors Open Day.

Doors Open Day is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event which sees hundreds of properties not normally open to the public made accessible for one day during September.

Co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and part of European Heritage Days, the local programme has been developed this year by Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme with a wide mix of buildings open to the public in and around the town.

Among the highlights in Selkirk is Sir Walter Scott’s Courthouse, where the famous novelist himself served as Sheriff in the 19th century. It will host a dramatic re-enactment of a case involving robbery and a secret liaison.

Other buildings to be opened up include Haining House, the Duke of Buccleuch’s Bowhill House, the striking modernist studio of the late designer Bernat Klein and observation tower on the nearby Riddell Estate.

Selkirk’s textile past is recognised with the traditional Forest Mill operated by Andrew Elliot open for tours, as well as a mills walking tour around the area which once made the Royal Burgh a key part of the industrial revolution.

“Doors Open Days is a great way to catch a glimpse inside some fantastic buildings which you may not have seen inside before.

“The programme this year contains some wonderful opportunities to encourage the whole family to explore buildings including a kids pack to keep the little ones interested which will be available on the day from our base in the Victoria Halls.”

– Colin Gilmour, Selkirk CARS Officer
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