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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.

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Spate of power tool thefts in Scottish Borders

Three work vans have been broken into in the Scottish Borders with thousands of pounds worth of power tools stolen.

Police are appealing to the public to be vigilant after the thefts in Tweedbank and Melrose.

Ford Transit vans were targeted outside separate addresses on Honeylees Drive in Tweedbank and another address in Melrose sometime overnight between Thursday, April 7, and Friday, April 8.

Police say the power tools stolen were worth around £5,500.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

"Given the nature of these crimes and their close proximity it is highly likely that these incidents are linked.

"Today, I ask anyone with information that might help trace those responsible or who noticed any unusual behaviour around the time of these offences to come forward as soon as possible.

"Likewise, if you have been approached recently to buy second-hand power tools and are suspicious about where they came from then you should let us know.

"I would also ask all owners of Ford vans to review their security in light of these recent break-ins and make sure they have taken adequate steps to protect their vehicles.

"This includes parking in well lit areas and removing any high value items from within. If this is not possible then ensure that any valuable items are hidden from view. Thieves are opportunistic by their nature and are always looking for soft targets. By taking some straightforward preventative measures you reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime."

– Inspector Mike Bennett, Police Scotland

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Suspicious fire in Melrose

Police Scotland is investigating a suspicious fire which was discovered at around 10pm on Saturday 22 August 2015 at business premises in St Dunstans Lane in Melrose.

The fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service. No-one was injured in the blaze however the premises are badly damaged.

Inspector John Reid of Police Scotland, J Division said

early indications are that this fire was the result of a deliberate act and a full fire scene investigation will now take place between Police Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Service. I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area of St Dunstans Lane last night to get in touch with Police Scotland at Melrose if they saw or heard anything which might help us in our enquiries into this fire. Thankfully no-one was in the building at the time however the building and contents have been seriously damaged as a result. Anyone wishing to call can do so through the non emergency 101 number, or if they wish to remain anonymous then they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

– Inspector John Reid, Police Scotland
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