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£1k worth of heroin seized in Selkirk stop and search

Two men have been arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act after police in Selkirk made a recovery of Class A drugs.

Officers carried out a stop and search of the 24-year-old and the 27-year-old after detaining them on the X95 bus in Market Place, Selkirk.

Heroin with a street value of over a thousand pounds was seized along with drugs paraphernalia and cash.

This was a significant quantity of drugs that was successfully recovered as a result of targeted stop and search activity.

In addition to acting on vital intelligence from our communities, officers regularly utilise stop and search to identify individuals who may be in possession of illegal or illicit materials.

We will continue to use all resources and tactics at our disposal to remove drugs and other harmful items from our communities."

– Chief Inspector Andy McLean

The men have been held to appear in court at a later date.

Fraudsters posing as police target Borders' farmers

Fraudsters posing as police officers have been targeting farmers in the Scottish Borders.

The criminals have been calling farmers, claiming to be police officers and pleading for donations to a bogus charity.

Two farmers from the Selkirkshire area have been contacted by a caller claiming to be from Police Scotland and asking them to support a campaign fighting juvenile crime against agricultural workers.

The caller asked for a three-figure sum starting at £200 and then lowered it to what the farmer was willing to pay.

Detectives are urging farmers in the Scottish Borders to remain vigilant and not to give any money to someone pretending to be a police officer.

Woman dies following Selkirk collision

The accident happened in the centre of the town. Credit: William Brown

An 84-year-old woman has died, following a road accident in the centre of Selkirk earlier this month.

Marion Fair, from Selkirk, was struck by a lorry in Market Place at around 3pm on December 15.

She was taken to Borders General Hospital with serious injuries, and was then transferred to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where she passed away on Christmas day.

Police Scotland are appealing for people who witnessed the collision to contact them.

Selkirk FC host successful "donate at the gate" match

Selkirk Football Club welcomed Gretna to Yarrow Park on Saturday afternoon for a match with a difference.

Fans attending the game were not asked to hand over any money for tickets, but to donate a food parcel instead.

The football club is thought to be the first in the Borders to hold a "donate at the gate" game, and there's hopes others will do the same.

Lori Carnochan reports:


Selkirk FC host "donate on the gate" game

Selkirk Football Club are appealing to fans to join in their "donate on the gate" match this afternoon.

The club are playing at home against Gretna and instead of charging fans money to watch the game, they're asking for food donations.

The items collected will be donated to local foodbanks in the Scottish Borders.

Kick-off is at 2pm at Yarrow Park.

Once in a Blue Moon: New tartan for Manchester City

One of the world's richest football clubs has officially launched its own tartan to celebrate a 60-year link with a Borders town.

Manchester City's "Blue Moon" tartan cashmere scarves and ties are proving a big hit with supporters of the English Premiership giants.

Businessman Craig Douglas from the Borders town of Selkirk came up with the idea of the "Blue Moon" tartan - to reflect the club's links with the 1940s musical hit which is sung by fans before each home game. He enlisted the help of Selkirk-based Lochcarron of Scotland, the world's leading tartan manufacturers, to produce the initial order which has been selling in the club shop and on-line.

Craig Douglas from Selkirk with Manchester City legends Asa Hartford and Mike Summerbee at the official launch. Credit: Robert Fairburn

Three years ago City had a trial period with a tartan which did not develop but Mr Douglas believes the club and Lochcarron are onto a winner with the "Blue Moon" brand with quality scarves selling for £100. Selkirk and City have enjoyed strong links ever since Bobby Johnstone moved south in 1955 and became the first player to score in two consecutive FA Cup Finals at Wembley.

That has been cemented with "Blue Moon" now recognised by the Scottish Register of Tartans with an official launch attended by former City legends Asa Hartford and Mike Summerbee.

There is a lot of enthusiasm at Manchester City for the tartan. The feedback I got at the launch was excellent and I hope this is just the start. We are already talking about expanding the range into handbags and caps and it looks as though the club will use the tartan for its hospitality box travelling rugs.

There remains strong links between Selkirk and Manchester City - Bobby's portrait still hangs on the walls at the Etihad Stadium. It is great that it will be a Selkirk company that will benefit if the tartan takes off in Manchester.

– Craig Douglas

Johnstone - who passed away in 2001- was born in Selkirk and played for his local club before being snapped up by Hibernian and formed part of the legendary "Famous Five" forward line at Easter Road. Capped 17-times for Scotland he moved to City and the club has visited Selkirk twice in recent season for friendly matches.

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