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Chancellor visits Borders Book shop

Mr Osborne tours the book shop and deli with owners and local MSP John Lamont Credit: ITV Border

The Chancellor of the Exchequer stopped off at a Borders Book shop and deli this morning to meet with local business leaders from the area.

George Osborne toured the Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells before sitting down with business people to discuss their concerns.

Among the issues raised were taxation and transport links to the Borders.

Mr Osborne is in Scotland along with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to watch the naming of a new warship in Rosyth this afternoon.

George Osborne was in the Borders to talk to local businesses Credit: ITV Border

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Police appeal for witnesses of speed camera set on fire

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a speed camera was set on fire north of Newtown, St Boswells.

A camera on the southbound carriageway of the A68 is thought to have been set on fire between 11:40pm, Tuesday 29 April and 12.20am, Wednesday 30 April.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were also at the scene.

"This wanton act of destruction has the potential to put the safety of road users at risk. Speed cameras are in place for a reason and local officers are investigating to identify those responsible."We would urge members of the public who were in the area late on Tuesday night and saw anything suspicious to come forward.

– Stuart Tennant, Police Constable, Police Scotland

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

St Boswells RFC speak out on Facebook

"For those that have not heard was a meeting last night and the SRU have chucked us oot cup final , stripped of the bowl we WON against Liberton and stripped us if the Fraser James trophy for being best team in East o Scotland and took 13 league points of us. What a total joke . We are looking in to an appeal . But cant change we are unbeaten all season . Lets keep the heads up lads and get sevens out the way and be ready for max attack again next season."

– St Boswells RFC, Facebook

St Boswells kicked out of Scottish Bowl Final

St Boswells have been kicked out of Rugby Union's Scottish Bowl Final for allegedly fielding three ineligible players during the competition.

They would have been the only Borders team at National Finals Day next weekend.

The club says the players were dual-registered and that the steps taken are harsh, adding that legal advice will be sought.

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Families reunited for Christmas

Alison Cameron from St Boswells is reunited with her son, Neil Cameron. Credit: ITV Border

It was an emotional time for families as soldiers returned home from Afghanistan three months early.

Alison Cameron from St. Boswells was reunited with her son Neil, who's made it home for Christmas and his 21st birthday.

She said:

"I'm absolutely thrilled, i've just burst into tears. I'm so pleased to see him and so proud of him. His brothers will just love having him home for Christmas"

Soldiers reunited with loved ones in time for Christmas Credit: ITV Border

Whitehouse Country House comes out top

The owners of a guest house in St Boswells are celebrating after winning a prestigious national tourism award.

Whitehouse Country House beat off competition from across the county to be crowned "Best Guest House".

The Scottish Thistle Award, organised by Visit Scotland, was presented to owner Angela Tyrer, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.

She said:

"This is a real and wonderful surprise, all the finalists looked amazing and yet all so different. Hospitality is at the core of our business and this is the reason that my husband Roger who is the co-proprietor cannot be here tonight as he is at home looking after our guests.

"Winning brings its own responsibility and we hope to use the publicity to not only promote our own B&B, but also to help further promote our village, St. Boswells, which has multi-award winning businesses, great sporting facilities and beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders.

– Angela Tyrer, Owner of Whitehouse Guest House

"As Scotland prepares to welcome the world in 2014, quality is more important than ever.

"I am thrilled that Whitehouse Country House has scooped this well-deserved award for its contribution to tourism. Recognising excellence in the industry is helping Scotland shine and accommodation providers like Whitehouse Country House help to put this part of Scotland well and truly on the map!"

– Paula McDonald, Regional Director of VisitScotland

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