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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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Former Hibs player Gary O'Conner to sign with Selkirk FC

Former Hibs player Gary O'Conner is set to sign with Selkirk FC Credit: PA

Selkirk Football Club have confirmed that ex Hibernian FC player Gary O'Connor is to sign with the club.

The 31-year-old has also played for Locomotive Moscow and Birmingham City.

The club say O'Connor will be at their friendly match against a Hibs at Yarrow Park today, Wednesday 30 July.

Selkirk's league season kicks off on Saturday with a home match against Threave Rovers.

Bridge repairs 'ahead of programme and under budget'

"The dry weather and low river levels mean that the Scheme is this week preparing to lay new pipes across the river just downstream of the bridge.

“This will relocate the key services off the bridge and under the river and thus make the replacement of the footbridge a much less difficult operation when it takes place next year. It will, more importantly, secure the continuity of essential utility services to households throughout the ongoing works.

“The river crossing is the first major works activity of the Scheme but has been dependant on low river levels. Thankfully the current dry summer has ensured that this activity is now on the verge of being completed ahead of programme and under budget.”

– Conor Price, Project Manager for the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme

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Bannerfield Footbridge to partly re-open

The Bannerfield Footbridge is due to partly re-open as work on Selkirk's Flood Defences is ahead of schedule.

The bridge will remain closed between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday but should be re-opened at all other times.

The bridge has been closed as part of a £30m project to improve flood defences in Selkirk.

Teams at the site have been clearing vegetation and determining the exact location water mains, pipes and power cables that run along the bank and cross the river on the existing footbridge.

Selkirk flood defence work moving 'quicker than expected'

The flood defence scheme is progressing 'quicker than expected' Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Contractors working on the Selkirk Flood Defence Scheme say that work on the new £30m project is progressing quicker than expected - because of the recent good weather.

The announcement comes four weeks after work started on the flood defence and footbridges at Bannerfield.

Miniature masterpieces on show at Selkirk

The most important collection of miniature portraits outside of the one owned by the royal family has gone on display in the Scottish Borders.

The tiny paintings of kings, queens, dukes and animals have gone on display at Bowhill House, the family seat of the Duke of Buccleuch.

It was down the the obsession of one of the Dukes ancestors that the mini masterpieces ended up in Selkirk. Our Scottish Borders reporter Jenny Longden has been to see them.

Selkirk Miniature collection was Duke's 'obsession'

The Duke of Buccleuch with one of the miniature pieces and a £2 coin Credit: ITV Border

A collection of miniature portraits on display in Selkirk came to the Borders due to the obsession of a Duke that once lived at Bowhill House.

Walter Francis, the fifth Duke of Buccleuch, collected the tiny paintings in the 19th century.

There are around 750 of them still at the stately home, which are on display in special cabinets during July.

The current Duke of Buccleuch, Richard Scott, said they are there thanks to his ancestor's obsession with miniature portraits:

'He and his wife Charlotte Anne began collecting in the 1830's, and they went on throughout their married life, he didn't die until 1884, and they bought huge quantities.

There are over 750 still in the collection now, we have got the bills, they bought 10 here, 20 there, and I think they were absolutely intrigued as to who these people were.'

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