There has been mixed reaction in the Scottish Borders after the town of Hawick was named in the new Grand Theft Auto computer game.
The video game, now in its fifth edition, features a lot of drugs and violence in the fictional US metropolis of Los Santos, and game makers have named one of the city's more notorious districts Hawick.
Rockstar North’s website describes the area of Hawick in the game as having ‘a disaffected drug addict hipster vibe’.
Local MSP John Lamont has invited the creators of the game to pay a visit to the Borders town:
“I like many other Hawick residents was shocked to hear that the name of the town had been used in Grand Theft Auto V. Not only is it a game which includes violence, sex and drugs, but the game’s producers themselves describe the area of Hawick in the game as having a ‘drug addict hipster vibe’.
“While some may take the view that any publicity is good publicity, I am sure that many local residents will see this as an insensitive move from Rockstar North.
"The game undoubtedly portrays Hawick in a bad light and is likely to sell tens of millions of copies over the next year.
“It is unfortunate that a Scottish company has chosen to portray this fine Borders town in such a bad light. They clearly do not know Hawick well, and that is why I have invited them to meet with me at my office on the town’s High Street.
“Hawick is one of the most beautiful towns in Scotland and I am sure that by showing them the town and telling them of its proud history they will realise the mistake they have made.”
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