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Murder investigation underway after death of 70-year-old woman

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The death of a 70-year-old woman nine day after an incident at a sheltered housing complex in Melrose, is being treated as a murder.

Police were called to Priorwood Court at around 4.45pm on April 9, after a report of concern for a woman.

The woman had been taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment and died on Tuesday April 18.

69-year-old David Thomson was charged with attempted murder when he appeared at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Tuesday 11 April.

He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody.

This is a tragic set of circumstances, and our thoughts are with the lady’s family at this distressing time. This is being treated as an isolated incident and we are not looking for anyone else in connection our enquiries. Our officers are continuing to support her family and we want to thank the local community for their support.

– Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Healy, Lothians and Scottish Borders CID

Anyone with concerns is being urged to their local community officer or can contact Police Scotland on 101.


Borders Police crackdown on drug crimes as man arrested

Borders police say they will continue to tackle drug crimes Credit: ITV Border

A 28-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with possessing and supplying illegal drugs.

He was found on a property in Innerleithen yesterday.

Police Scotland Community Inspector Tony Hodges of Galashiels Police Station say tackling drug crime is a top priority.

Our proactive drugs operations combined with information from the public has resulted in us taking more illegal drugs off the streets of the Scottish Borders. Tackling drug crime is a top priority for Police Scotland and we have a zero tolerance policy towards drug related offences. We continue to deal with any offences reported to the police using every resource at our disposal.

– Community Inspector Tony Hodges, Galashiels Police Station

Teen's second court appearance after 'pink tablet' incidents

Police have released images of pink tablets believed to be connected to the hospitalisations. Credit: Police Scotland

A teenager from Hawick has appeared in court for the second time, after ten young people were hospitalised after taking an unknown substance.

Jamie Thomson, 19, faces a charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

He made no plea or declaration in a private appearance at Selkirk Sheriff Court and was fully committed for trial.

He was released on bail by Sheriff Peter Paterson, and the date for his next court appearance is still to be confirmed.

Last week ten teenage boys, all from Hawick and aged between 14 and 18, fell ill after consuming what police described as a pink-coloured tablet.

They were all treated at Borders General Hospital and later discharged.

Police release pictures of dangerous 'Pink Pills'

Police have released images of pink tablets believed to be responsible for a number of casualties. Credit: Police Scotland

Police Scotland have released images of the notorious 'Pink Pills' which are believed to have caused a number of casualties in the Scottish Borders.

Several young people have experienced adverse effects after consuming an unidentified pink tablet, leading to ten hospitalisations and two arrests in connection with the incident.

Jamie Bonnor Thomson, has been charged with culpable and reckless conduct, while Connor Jackson, 18, was arrested just 24 hours after being released from hospital for possession of a knuckle-duster.

All of the people hospitalised were male, and between the ages of 14 and 18.

In the interest of public safety we have today issued an image of this as yet unidentified substance.

There may be more of these pills in circulation in the Hawick area, and possibly even farther afield, and I would ask people to please be vigilant and to contact police if you are offered this pill or have information relevant to our ongoing enquiries.

Likewise, anyone who has consumed this pill and who feels unwell, or knows anyone who appears unwell after taking the substance is asked to please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

– Detective Inspector Steven Bertram of Police Scotland.


Hospitalised man searches for drug provider with knuckleduster

Police Scotland are investigating the case Credit: ITV Border

A teenager who was hospitalised after taking a mystery pink tablet was arrested for having a knuckle duster in the street just 24 hours after his release.

Connor Jackson, 18, was among a group of 10 young men in Hawick, who fell ill last week after taking the unidentified substance. But during the early hours of Sunday morning he was said to be searching for the person who had provided the drug while intoxicated and in possession of the offensive weapon.

Jackson was arrested by police who were concerned about his behaviour and he appeared from custody today at Jedburgh Sheriff Court where he pleaded guilty to having the knuckle duster on him.

Deferring for background reports Sheriff Peter Paterson said it was "astonishing" that after being hospitalised for consuming some sort of drug, Jackson was back out on the street 24 hours later intoxicated.

He told him:

You seem incapable of learning a lesson in life. Instead you tried to take the law into your own hands looking for the people involved."

– Sheriff Peter Paterson

Jackson of Teviotdale Court, Hawick, who claimed he found the knuckle-duster lying on the ground, had sentence deferred until September 22 for a Criminal Justice Social Work report to be prepared.

Police Scotland said that in total 10 teenagers as young as 14 had been treated at Borders General Hospital near Melrose as a result of consuming the as yet unidentified pink-coloured tablet which had been circulating in the Hawick area.

They have all since been discharged from hospital.

Hawick teenager remanded in custody over unknown pink drug

Hawick teenager has appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court Credit: ITV Border

A Hawick teenager has appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court in connection with the incident which resulted in the hospitalisation of 10 young men who took an unidentified substance.

19 year old Jamie Bonnor Thomson was charged with culpable and reckless conduct.

It follows 10 men aged between 14 and 18 falling ill after consuming what police described as a pink-coloured tablet.

They were all treated at Borders General Hospital and later discharged.

Thomson made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination.

He was remanded in custody by Sheriff Peter Paterson.

He is expected to appear in court again within eight days

Teenager due in court after pink tablet illnesses

A 19-year-old from Hawick is due at Jedburgh Sheriff Court today in connection with incidents of young people apparently taking a pink tablet which has left them hospitalised.

Ten young people aged between 15 and 20 have been treated at Borders General Hospital since Wednesday 19th of August.

All of them have since been discharged from hospital.

Police Scotland are urging people to avoid taking unprescribed medication, particularly a pink tabled being circulated in the Hawick area.

Pink tablets cause 'unconsciousness'

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Police Scotland have warned that an unknown substance circulating in Hawick may cause people to fall unconscious if it's consumed.

Ten people have been treated at Borders General Hospital after apparently taking a pink tablet.

Police are warning that the drug may still be in circulation in Hawick and the rest of the Borders, and are urging people not to take it.

Police Inspector Bryan Burns explains:

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