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Man hospitalised after Innerleithen assault

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

A 53-year-old man has been left with injuries requiring hospital treatment, after a serious assault in Innerleithen.

The incident happened on Friday 20 May, at around 10:20pm, in or around Buccleuch Street.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them by calling 101.

They've moved to reassure concerned local residents.

This was an unprovoked attack on a man walking home from a night out in a local public house.

Although understandably distressing for the victim, incidents like this are very rare in Innerleithen and I'd like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to trace this individual.

– PC Kevin Downs from Galashiels Police Station


Medieval fayre at Traquair House

Traquair House.

One of Scotland's oldest homes is to return to the middle ages this weekend.

Jousting tournaments will take place in the grounds of Traquair House for the annual medieval fayre.

And workshops, performances and demonstrations will show what life was like in medieval times:

Paul McGuigan: inquest to deliver verdict

Paul McGuigan

An inquest into the death of a security contractor, who was shot by a colleague in Iraq, is due to be delivered in Stockport today.

Paul McGuigan was killed in 2009 along with fellow security guard Darren Hoare.

In 2011, 31-year-old Danny Fitzsimons, from Manchester, was sentenced to 20 years in an Iraqi prison, for the two murders.

Paul's mother Corrine is from Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders.

The Mighty Deerstalker race

Ten years ago an adventure events company was given a brief of showcasing all that the Borders has to offer to a greater number of tourists.

They came up with The Mighty Deerstalker - an obstacle race, run over rough terrain, up and down hills, and through rivers.

300 people came to the first run - a decade on there were around 3000 taking part. Fiona Marley Paterson was among them.


Borders artwork explores Scottish identity

The Debatable Land by Peter Sacks Credit: ITV Border

Artwork depicting images of the First Minister of Scotland, Britain's Prime Minister, Westminster and Holyrood has gone on display at Traquair House in Peebleshire.

'The Debatable Land' is a collage featuring poems, quotes and pictures relevant to the history of Scotland.

The artwork is by former poet and Harvard Professor Peter Sacks.

Alex Salmond and David Cameron feature in the artwork Credit: ITV Border
Quotes, excerpts and material from Traquair House feature Credit: ITV Border

Scotland's oldest home hosts international discussion

Scotland’s oldest inhabited house is a gathering place for world cultures to meet, talk and exchange ideas on the most pressing issues of our time, through discussion, art and film this weekend.

Traquair House is hosting speakers from around the world, who are discussing current international conflicts in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine among others.

Observers and peacemakers will be discussing how Scotland can be a greater force for good in the world.

Expert voices with experience of global conflict zones, from BBC correspondent Alan Little to the former UN High Commissioner Sir Kieran Prendergast, are taking part.

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