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Families demand more help from Foreign Office

A family from the Scottish Borders are part of a protest in London demanding more help from the foreign office when British people die abroad.

Julie Sheppard's son Andrew Watt was found dead in a country lane in France, close to where he was living in 2010.

French investigators said he died from heart failure but Julie and her husband Les, who live near Selkirk, say information about his death has been kept from them.

They are hoping to convince British officials to help them find the answers they need.

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.


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.

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 and we'd love to publish any photos you have

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