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Community shocked by war memorial vandalism

A Scottish Borders community are calling for more education about the war dead, after a memorial honouring soldiers killed in conflict has been vandalised.

Arrows and marks, including the letters LOL, meaning "Laugh Out Loud" have been scratched into the stonework at the monument in Selkirk.

Members of the local community have described the engravings as shocking and disrespectful.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with vandalism in connection with the incident, and is being reported to the children's panel.

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Wildlife protected at Hydro Electric site

The estate behind the first Hydro Electric Power Station in the Scottish Borders say that protecting wildlife is their number one priority.

Electricity is now being produced at Murray's Cauld near Selkirk.

Two giant turbines have been installed at the popular salmon-viewing spot on the River Tweed.

A spokesperson for Philiphaugh Estate said:

"To ensure the free passage of wildlife, we have worked closely with Scottish Natural Heritage and SEPA throughout the project.

"A new Larinier state of the art Salmon pass and a combined Eel, Lamprey and Smolt chute have been installed beside the turbines so that fish, eels, lampreys and smoults can ascend and descend the cauld. Screens prevent otters and larger fish from entering the turbines.

"In addition, we closely monitor the river level to ensure that the salmon pass and mill lade get a constant flow of water.

"Two electronic sensors have been placed in the river above and below the Cauld to measure water flow and height.

"These sensors can close off the turbines when water is low or if an obstruction to the flow occurs.

"Our first priority is to ensure that water can run down the fish passes, the second is to ensure that water descends the mill lade to protect this sensitive environment."

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Scottish Minister praises Border charity

Aileen Campbell with the Borders charity today Credit: ITV News Border

Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell has been visiting Borders Charity Stable Life today.

The youth project use horses as therapy for young people with behavioural difficulties and confidence issues.

Ms Campbell said the work done by the charity could work elsewhere in the country.

"It is really good that this has found its niche here in the Borders. Other parts of the country are doing what they can to help children that are at risk, are vulnerable or are just in need of some more help and attention.

"I see lots of different fantastic different groups, organisations who are doing lots of different things in an innovative way and this is one of those many projects, and if this could be shared and expanded elsewhere I think that would be a good thing."

"You can learn so much from a horse"

"We use horses as a tool to engage with young people, and help build self-confidence, self-esteem and teach them life skills that they can transfer to their lives, and to give them dreams and aspirations for the future.

"Horses are very sociable animals and mirror our behaviour, you can learn so much from a horse. They can be stubborn and you have to give them a lot of patience and time.

"They can also be very comforting for some young people, they can get a cuddle, and horses accept young people for who they are, no matter what their background is."

– Margaret Powell from Stable Life
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