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Drivers to be hit by road closures across Selkirk

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Parts of Selkirk, including the A7, will be closed for periods throughout the rest of the month as a series of road works are completed in the town.

Scottish Borders Council say the decision to co-ordinate resurfacing and utilities works was made to minimise disruption for local people and traders.

Main closures include:

  • Ettrick Terrace (A7) from 13 to 24 November - the road will reopen on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November, before a full closure until 24 November.
  • Tower Street (A7) from 20 to 24 November - Tower Street will be closed for 24 hours each day works linked to the £450,000 Selkirk Streetscape project.

Shoppers are advised that businesses will remain open throughout the works.

For the full list of road closures in Selkirk please visit www.scotborders.gov.uk.

Selkirk accountant admits role in £50k fraud scheme

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A Selkirk accountant has admitted to being involved in a fraudulent scheme involving almost £50,000 at the town's sheriff court.

Forty two-year-old William Ian Main pleaded guilty to making fraudulent applications and claims to government agency Skills Development Scotland.

The total sum he obtained by fraud amounted to £47,215.

The offence was committed at his business premises of Stark Main & Co Ltd in Dunsdale Road, Selkirk, between March 2013 and April 2015.

Sentence was deferred on Main of Priory Park, Selkirk, until December 5 for the production of background reports.

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Foreign Office: 'thoughts with Andrew Watt's family'

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says its thoughts are with the family of a Scottish Borders man, who died in France.

Andrew Watt passed away in 2010, and his mother is campaigning for a full investigation to be held into his death.

Our thoughts remain with Mr Watt’s family as they continue to examine the circumstances of his death. The investigation into his death is a matter for the French authorities because we cannot interfere in the legal and judicial proceedings of another country, just as we would not allow them to interfere in the UK.

– Foreign Office spokesman

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Mother to protest at Foreign Office over son's death

Andrew Watt Credit: Julie Sheppard

A Selkirk woman whose son died in north west France in 2010, has travelled to London to protest outside the Foreign Office.

Andrew Watt's mother, Julie Sheppard, is calling for the British government to take more action to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

In 2015, a coroner recorded an open verdict into his death.

Woman attacked from behind in Selkirk

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Police are investigating after a woman was attacked from behind in Selkirk.

It happened on a footpath between Dunsdale Road and Old Bridge Road, at around 10pm on Thursday 30 March.

The 44-year-old woman was walking alone when she was approached from behind and knocked to the ground, sustaining cuts and bruises to her legs.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

At this time we are still trying to establish the full circumstances surrounding this assault and would urge anyone else who was on the footpath on Thursday evening, and who remembers seeing any suspicious activity, to contact police immediately.

Similarly, anyone with any further information relating to this inquiry should also get in touch.

– Inspector Robbie Noble from Melrose Police Station
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