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Driver killed in Borders crash

A motorist has been killed in a crash on one of the main routes in the Scottish Borders.

The incident happened just over an hour ago on the A7 near Selkirk. The driver of the other car has been taken to hospital. The road is currently closed while police investigate the scene. No further details have been released.

Selkirk football team bus crash

A Scottish youth football cup tie has been called off after one of the teams was involved in a bus crash.

Selkirk Under 20s were travelling to Aberdeen when their team bus skidded on a diesel spill and left the road.

The bus went sideways on two wheels and headed over a grass verge before crashing into a wooden fence.

It's thought the crash was caused by a fuel spill on the road Credit: Borders Press Agency

The accident happened at around 11a.m (Sunday)just after the bus had left the M8 and was heading towards the Forth Road Bridge.

"It was quite scary at the time but fortunately everyone is fine. Some of the players were a bit shaken at the time but the main thing is no one was hurt."

– Ross Anderson, Selkirk committee

The bus was damaged in the accident and was stuck in the mud so the Scottish FA Youth Cup tie away to Banks of Dee in Aberdeen was postponed.

It has been re-arranged for next Sunday.


Elderly woman robbed in Selkirk

An elderly woman has had her purse snatched in Selkirk.

The 86-year-old was walking alone at the junction of Curror Street and Bleachfield Avenue at around 2pm yesterday (Friday) when a young man came up to her and stole her purse from her hand.

He was then seen running off along Curror Street where he was lost from sight.

Scottish Borders Police are appealing for witnesses. Local officers are trying to trace the man responsible and anyone who can help identify him is asked to come forward.

He is described as white, between 15 and 18-years-old with a slim build, short black hair and wearing an orange long-sleeved top.

"The elderly lady was thankfully uninjured but clearly shaken by this incident. I am appealing to anyone who was in that area of Selkirk on Friday afternoon, or who remembers someone fitting the description of the suspect, to get in touch with us as soon as possible. In addition, I would urge anyone with any further information relevant to this investigation to contact police immediately."

– Inspector Bryan Burns

A7 Selkirk wall row

Councillors in the Scottish Borders are planning to introduce a permanent one way system on the A7 in Selkirk, due to a row over a wall in need of repair.

The system has been in place temporarily for 18 months, to keep motorists safe as they pass a wall surrounding a hotel.

Both parties claim the other is responsible for the upkeep of the wall and as Jenny Longden reports, it's affecting local businesses.

Wall row causes fury amongst motorists

A one-way system on the A7 in Selkirk could become permanent, as a row continues over a wall that's in need of repair.

Scottish Borders Council claims it doesn't have legal responsibility for the wall surrounding the Glen Hotel. But the hotel owners say the repairs should be paid for by the local authority.

Councillors are meeting today to discuss making the diversion permanent.

Selkirk Recycling Centre five day closure

House holders are being advised that Selkirk's community recycling centre will close for five days.

The shut down is required for a new water pipe to be laid through the Riverside site.

Its all part of the town's £31 million Flood Protection Scheme.

“We recognise that the advanced works will present difficulties for people living and working in Selkirk, in particular in the Riverside area. However, this is a vital phase of the scheme which will ensure the main works run efficiently over the next two years. We thank the people of Selkirk for their patience so far and hope to continue to work alongside them.”

– Conor Price, Project Manager

The closure will run from Monday 20th October and re-open on Saturday 26th October.


Work continues on £31.4 million flood scheme

A footbridge in Selkirk will be closed for work on the £31.4 million Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.

The closure allows for power cables to be relocated to a temporary pipe bridge before being moved to a new footbridge when it's completed in 2015 or 2016. Work began on 22nd September.

The Flood Protection Scheme will see 595 properties in Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas of the town removed from the national flood risk register. This will protect against the effects of flooding from the Ettrick and Yarrow waters and the Long Philip and Shaw burns, according to Scottish Borders Council.

The Bridge Street footbridge will closed temporarily at different times though the team has said they will reopen it when possible.

Information appeal after club house break-in attempt

Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted break-in at Selkirk Golf Club.

The male, who was seen trying to enter the club house on Wednesday 6 August at about 4.45pm, was challenged by staff and fled the scene.

He was described as white, of slim build and is about 6ft tall. He was wearing a hooded top and has brown eyes.

"Fortunately the clubhouse was not entered and no items were stolen during this incident.

"Nevertheless we are keen to trace the male responsible and anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious around the golf club on Wednesday afternoon is asked to contact police immediately."

– Carol Wood, Inspector, Police Scotland

Call Police Scotland on 101 if you have any information.

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