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Family of mysterious death abroad to protest today

Andrew Watt died in France in 2010 Credit: ITV Border

The family of a man who died in France will protest outside the Foreign Office later in a bid to find out more details surrounding his death.

Andrew Watt's parents live in Selkirk. He was 31 when he was found dead in 2010. His body was returned to the UK with some of his major organs missing and Andrew's parents say they still don't know how he died.

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Residents support flood defences scheme

Funding for the scheme from the Scottish government was finally approved last Thursday and construction work can now begin in November 2014 and is due to be completed by December 2016.

The project is now fully funded, approved, designed and ready to commence.

The news has been welcomed by many local residents, including George Skeldon, who has lived next to the river for 28 years.

Business Park 'attractive'

A new £31million flood protection scheme will provide long-term financial benefits for Selkirk according to representatives of Scottish Borders Council.

The work should provide protection to almost six hundred homes and businesses on the Scottish Borders biggest business Park which lie in the town's riverside area.

Local Councillor Gordon Edgar says that insurance prices should come down and business investment in Selkirk will become more attractive.

Family demand fresh answers for son's mystery death

Julie and Les Sheppard are campaigning for more support for British abroad Credit: ITV News Border

Julie and Les Sheppard are travelling from Selkirk to London to demand answers for their son's death.

Andrew Watt died in France four years ago. His parents argue that there was a lack of support from the British foreign office to find out the details of their son's death.

When the son's body returned to the UK it was discovered his heart and brain had been removed.

Last October the pair joined other families whose relatives had died abroad and protested about the lack of support available in that situation.

Julie and Les Sheppard will join other angry families at London's foreign Office on Tuesday at 11am in a bid to get their voices heard.

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The moment Selkirk's Auld Stane Brig collapsed in 1977

Footage from 1977 shows the moment Selkirk's Auld Stane Brig collapsed after a night of heavy rain caused the river Ettick to flood.

It effectively severed the town in two, and numerous homes were flooded as the river burst its banks.

If you remember the Selkirk floods, email us at Pamandian@itv.com and we'd love to publish any photos you have

Selkirk flood prevention scheme gets green light

Flood risk map showing areas prone to flooding in Selkirk
Flood risk map showing areas prone to flooding in Selkirk Credit: SBC

The long awaited Selkirk flood defence scheme has been given the go-ahead after the Scottish Government agreed to help fund the scheme.

The £31m scheme is expected to protect up to 595 properties currently at risk in the Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas of the town.

Years in the planning, the funding boost means construction work will now begin in November, with completion expected in 2016.

Borders care home graded "weak" in quality of care and support

Riverside Healthcare Centre in Selkirk Credit: ITV News

The Riverside Healthcare Centre in Selkirk has been heavily criticised by regulators following complaints made by a relative of a female resident.

9 out of 14 of the relative's complaints - all relating to her end of life care and the use of a scheduled painkiller - were upheld.

The care home say that they are working with the Care Inspectorate to resolve these issues.

Selkirk care home criticised

A care home in the Borders has been heavily criticised by regulators in three separate reports.

Riverside Healthcare Centre in Selkirk was investigated by the Care Inspectorate following complaints made by a relative of a female resident.

The complaint concerned her end of life care and the use of a scheduled painkiller drug. 9 out of 14 of the relative's complaints were upheld.

A surprise inspection of the Bridge Street home took place in December.

The home provides 24 hour care for up to 45 elderly people.

Inspectors graded Riverside "weak" in quality of care and support and in quality of management and leadership.

A spokesperson at the care home said:

"We are working with the Care Inspectorate to resolve these issues and they have noted significant progress."

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