Selkirk in the Scottish Borders hosted elite mountain bikers from all over the country this weekend, as they competed in the British Mountain Bike Marathon Championships. Fiona Marley Paterson was there.
Selkirk in the Scottish Borders hosted elite mountain bikers from all over the country this weekend, as they competed in the British Mountain Bike Marathon Championships.
Around 500 bikers joined them on either the full 75km route or shorter 50 or 25 km trails.
The British Mountain Bike Marathon Championship has been held in Selkirk in the Borders, with elite athletes from all over the country.Read the full story ›
A Borders-based timber company's expansion plans could create more than 50 new jobs in Selkirk.
Oregon Timber - who are based at Dunsdale Haugh - want to take over the nearby former Co-op home furnishing store which closed last summer.
Oregon, who supply timber frames for house-builders such as Cala, Miller and Dawn, already have a 100-strong workforce in Selkirk.
The firm has applied to Scottish Borders Council for planning permission to change its use from retail to a timber manufacturing facility.
Documents lodged with the application state the new factory will have a proposed employment of 53 staff.
"The sole aim of making this application is to pursue the company's desire to acquire additional space suitable for the proposed expansion of its current timber frame manufacturing facility in Selkirk."
An alleged hand gun used during the robbery of an 80-year-old woman in her own home was a toy, say Police Scotland. They have recovered the item.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the robbery, which took place in the Yarrow Valley near Selkirk on Wednesday 18th March.
Chief Inspector Andy McLean said: “Following extensive enquiries by local officers, supported by colleagues from other areas of Police Scotland, an individual has now been apprehended.
“This was a deplorable act which left an elderly woman in great distress and I would like to thank the public, and particularly the local community, for their incredible support.”
A woman has been taken to hospital with serious burn injuries after being found in Selkirk this morning.
Police Scotland closed the A7 for an hour to allow access for emergency vehicles.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in the Scottish Borders responded to an incident in Selkirk at around 7.20am on Wednesday 18th March where a woman was found with serious burn injuries in Hillside Terrace.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service were also in attendance and the woman was taken to Borders General Hospital where she is currently in a critical condition.
Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this matter are ongoing".
The re-opening of Selkirk library has been postponed until Monday 13 April.
A replacement mobile library service will operate from Victoria Halls, until Saturday 4 April, at the following times:
- Monday: 10am-1pm; 2-5pm
- Tuesday: 2-5pm
- Wednesday: 10am-1pm
- Thursday: 2-5pm
- Friday: 12noon-4pm
- Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm
And the computer suite at Philiphaugh Community Centre will be available until Tuesday 31 March:
- Monday: 11am-1pm
- Tuesday: 2-4pm
- Friday: 1-3pm
The nearest libraries offering full services are in Galashiels and Melrose.
Plans for a hub for council services in Selkirk could improve the numbers of people using the facilities according to those behind the project.
Members of the public will be asked for their opinion on plans for the Sir Walter Scott Courthouse and surrounding buildings, which have been acquired by Scottish Borders Council.
One plan is to relocate the town's library, contact centre and tourist information centre in the buildings.
Colin Gilmour is overseeing the Selkirk Regeneration project.
The public are being asked for their views on plans to relocate the town's library and contact centre to an historic town centre landmark.
Scottish Borders Council have bought various properties surrounding Sir Walter Scott's Courthouse, including a former pub and a residential property.
They hope the regeneration project will improve the town centre and visitor facilities.
The community will be able to find out more about the project and the available options at drop-in sessions in the Cross Keys Regeneration Hub on Thursday 26th and Tuesday 31st March.
A little known Sherlock Holmes book has reappeared in Selkirk after nearly fifty years. Although some people are sceptical about the credibility of the story, the man who owns the book believes it was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Fiona McIlwraith investigates.