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800 phone lines in Tweedbank cut by vandals

The phonelines were cut after a manhole and cables near Galfoot Bridge were vandalised Credit: Google maps

Hundreds of phone lines around Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders, have been vandalised.

It happened between midnight and 2am on Wednesday 26 July, when, Borders Police say, a manhole cover near Galafoot Bridge was tampered with and cabling damaged, taking down over 800 telephone and broadband lines in the village.

This is a mindless attack on the community, leaving many people without essential phone lines and internet services. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the Kingsknowes Bridge and Tweedbank areas in the early hours of Wednesday 26th and may have seen or heard anything suspicious."

– Inspector Tony Hodges

Anyone with information is urged to call Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 745 of 26th July, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tweedbank station gets new facilities

Christine Grahame MSP in front of Tweedbank station's new snackbar Credit: ITV Border

A new snack bar and toilet facilities has been opened to the public at Tweedbank station.

Operated by local firm, Born in the Borders, the council says there will be a formal opening of the snack bar soon.

Local MSP, Christine Grahame says she is "delighted to see so much interest in the facilities already".

Alongside the community, I’ve been campaigning for these since it first came to light there was no plans for any facilities in 2015, before the Borders Railway had even opened.

I’m grateful that ScotRail have listened and been pro-active in ensuring the station is up to scratch for all passengers.

– Christine Grahame MSP, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale


Man in court charged with murder of Galashiels pensioner

David Farish. Credit: Police Scotland.

A pensioner from Galashiels has made a private second court appearance charged with the murder of a 75-year-old Tweedbank man.

Richard Cassidy, who is 68, is accused of stabbing David Farish to death with a knife at his home in Broadlee Bank, on Tuesday, February 16.

The body of Mr Farish was discovered two days later on the Thursday following an anonymous phone call to police.

Cassidy, whose address was given as no fixed abode, made no plea or declaration and he was fully committed for trial.

He was remanded in custody by Sheriff Peter Paterson.

Controversial 'Great Tapestry of Scotland' plans approved

The Great Tapestry of Scotland will be permanently housed in the Scottish Borders Credit: ITV Border

Plans for a controversial six million pound scheme to permanently house the Great Tapestry of Scotland in the Scottish Borders have been approved.

Scottish Borders Council granted planning permission today for a two-storey building for the tapestry at Tweedbank.

The authority is contributing three and a half million pounds to the project which councillors say will boost tourism.

Last week a petition signed by thousands, urging the council to drop its financial support, was rejected.


Campaigner criticises 'closed minds' at Council

The tapestry. Credit: Alex Hewitt.

The campaigner who set up a petition against Scottish Borders Council's decision to house a tapestry in Tweedbank, has criticised the council for rejecting the petition.

Brian McCrow's petition was signed by more than 4,000 people, and debated by councillors today.

The main concerns were the amount of money the council is investing in the project - £3.5m - and the decision to locate the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank, rather than a town with a more textiles-based history.

It's not unexpected. I thought there would be some closed minds in the council and there were."

– Brian McCrow, main petitioner

But the council leader says their decision to reject the petition was the right one:

I think it was the right decision. Elected members carefully considered the petition and we had a very good debate about the evidence."

– David Parker, leader Scottish Borders Council

Tapestry petition rejected by council

The tapestry. Credit: Alex Hewitt.

A petition against plans to permanently house the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Tweedbank has been rejected by Scottish Borders Council.

The complaints were discussed at a meeting of councillors today.

Amongst them were concerns that the plan is too costly - the council has agreed to put around £3.5m into the construction of a purpose-built centre for the tapestry.

The concerns could have gone before a full council meeting, but that will not now happen.

Council's Great Tapestry of Scotland plan could be scrapped

The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

A decision by Scottish Borders Council to contribute around £3.5 million towards the construction of an arts centre to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland, is being scrutinised at a meeting today.

Four thousand people have signed a petition against the idea, saying it's "unacceptable'" when services are being cut.

There has also been criticism of the decision to build the centre in Tweedbank.

The council says people will use the new Borders Railway, which stops in the town, to come and see it.

But protestors say it should be built in a town with more of a textiles-based history.

At a meeting today councillors will consider the petition's findings, and if they accept them there will be a full council meeting to consider how to proceed.

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