An alleged hand gun used during the robbery of an 80-year-old woman in her own home was a toy, say Police Scotland. They have recovered the item.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the robbery, which took place in the Yarrow Valley near Selkirk on Wednesday 18th March.
Chief Inspector Andy McLean said: “Following extensive enquiries by local officers, supported by colleagues from other areas of Police Scotland, an individual has now been apprehended.
“This was a deplorable act which left an elderly woman in great distress and I would like to thank the public, and particularly the local community, for their incredible support.”
A woman has been taken to hospital with serious burn injuries after being found in Selkirk this morning.
Police Scotland closed the A7 for an hour to allow access for emergency vehicles.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in the Scottish Borders responded to an incident in Selkirk at around 7.20am on Wednesday 18th March where a woman was found with serious burn injuries in Hillside Terrace.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service were also in attendance and the woman was taken to Borders General Hospital where she is currently in a critical condition.
Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this matter are ongoing".
The re-opening of Selkirk library has been postponed until Monday 13 April.
A replacement mobile library service will operate from Victoria Halls, until Saturday 4 April, at the following times:
- Monday: 10am-1pm; 2-5pm
- Tuesday: 2-5pm
- Wednesday: 10am-1pm
- Thursday: 2-5pm
- Friday: 12noon-4pm
- Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm
And the computer suite at Philiphaugh Community Centre will be available until Tuesday 31 March:
- Monday: 11am-1pm
- Tuesday: 2-4pm
- Friday: 1-3pm
The nearest libraries offering full services are in Galashiels and Melrose.
Plans for a hub for council services in Selkirk could improve the numbers of people using the facilities according to those behind the project.
Members of the public will be asked for their opinion on plans for the Sir Walter Scott Courthouse and surrounding buildings, which have been acquired by Scottish Borders Council.
One plan is to relocate the town's library, contact centre and tourist information centre in the buildings.
Colin Gilmour is overseeing the Selkirk Regeneration project.
The public are being asked for their views on plans to relocate the town's library and contact centre to an historic town centre landmark.
Scottish Borders Council have bought various properties surrounding Sir Walter Scott's Courthouse, including a former pub and a residential property.
They hope the regeneration project will improve the town centre and visitor facilities.
The community will be able to find out more about the project and the available options at drop-in sessions in the Cross Keys Regeneration Hub on Thursday 26th and Tuesday 31st March.
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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."
The men have been held to appear in court at a later date.
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.
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.