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Parliament to hear cross-border plans in Galashiels

The Scottish Affairs Committee is in Galashiels today Credit: ITV Border

A UK Parliament committee is in Galashiels today to scrutinise issues faced by businesses on the border.

The Scottish Affairs Committee will hear about problems facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues.

Among the speaker's are Michael Moore MP and Jack Clark, convener of Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce.


Dog walkers urged to 'Keep Scotland Beautiful'

NFU Scotland is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the problems of dog fouling on agricultural land.

All Scottish farmers have been sent out a survey to assess the level of the problem on their land, and identify areas where campaigning can be targeted.

The campaign is scheduled to run during the spring, at a time of the year when the better weather brings an increase in the number of people getting out and about in the countryside with their dogs.

Police investigate Cumbria sex assault

Cumbria Police are investigating a serious sexual offence in Dalton-on-Furness in the early hours of Friday 6th February.

They're asking anyone who was in either the Golden Ball pub or the Horse and Jockey pub the evening before (Thursday 5th February) to contact them.

They're also asking anyone that was in Tudor square that saw either a lone man or a man and woman walk in the direction of George Romney School to get in touch by calling 101 or Crimestoppers Anonymous on 0800555111.

Tributes paid to Windermere tractor crash victim

Elaine Steele, 59, died in a road traffic collision on the A591 near Windermere Credit: Cumbria Police

Tributes have been paid to a pedestrian who died in a crash involving a tractor and a car near Windermere.

Elaine Steele, 59, from Oxenholme, was killed in the collision on the A591 at Troutbeck Bridge at around 4:30pm on February 6. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement, the family of Elaine Steele said:

“Elaine was very kind to all that knew her, soft hearted and would do anything for anybody. Elaine worked at Whitecross Bay and was well liked by all that knew her. The tragic news has come as such a shock and all the family are devastated.”

– Family of Elaine Steele

One year of Penrith Park Run

Organisers and runners celebrate the first anniversary with a cake Credit: Eden District Council

More than 1,000 runners have taken part in Penrith Park Run since it began 12 months ago, clocking up 16,070km between them.

The event takes place every Saturday at 9am at the Frenchfield Sports Centre.

Race Director Ian Parker says:

Local runners of all ages and abilities have really embraced the parkrun concept; we have a fantastic turnout every week, whatever the weather! It has been an exciting and rewarding journey to reach the milestone of the events 1st Birthday, this achievement would not have been possible without the enthusiasm of the many volunteers who generously give up their time to help set up the course and marshal the event.

– Ian Parker, Race Director


Charity donations for football entry

Football fans gave money to charity instead of paying an entry fee Credit: ITV Border

A Scottish Borders football club has been accepting charitable donations instead of entry fees today.

Gala Fairydean Rovers asked fans to donate cash to local charity Scottish H.A.R.T., who raise awareness of heart conditions.

It's part of an initiative by the club to have more involvement with the community through charities and projects, such as the Borders Railway.

They hope to have similar fundraisers in future.

We hope to increase the numbers of people engaging with us at Gala Fairydean Rovers, and raise awareness about worthwhile charities such as Scottish H.A.R.T. This club already had defibrillators that were donated by Scottish H.A.R.T. to make sure that our players are safe. It's an issue that needs to be highlighted and we are glad that we are able to do that"

– Graeme McIver, Gala Fairydean Rovers FC
Entry fees are being donated to Scottish H.A.R.T. Credit: ITV Border

Pedestrian killed in Windermere tractor crash

The crash involving a tractor occured on the A591 at Troutbeck Bridge, Windermere Credit: ITV

A pedestrian has died after being involved in a crash with a tractor and a car in Windermere.

The incident happened on the A591 at Troutbeck Bridge, Windermere at around 4:30pm on Friday. The pedestrian, a 59-year-old woman from the Kendal area, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both the driver of the tractor and the car were uninjured.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

Grammy award winner performs in Carlisle

Music lovers in Carlisle have been treated to a recital by a Grammy award winning musician.

Conductor and organist David Hill who was born in the city, returned home at the weekend for a performance at St Michael's church in Stanwix which needs money for repairs.

He won the prestigious Grammy accolade in 1997 for Best Choral performance with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

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