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Gun used in Yarrow robbery was a toy

An alleged hand gun used during the robbery of an 80-year-old woman in her own home was a toy, say Police Scotland. They have recovered the item.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the robbery, which took place in the Yarrow Valley near Selkirk on Wednesday 18th March.

Chief Inspector Andy McLean said: “Following extensive enquiries by local officers, supported by colleagues from other areas of Police Scotland, an individual has now been apprehended.

“This was a deplorable act which left an elderly woman in great distress and I would like to thank the public, and particularly the local community, for their incredible support.”

Man charged over Yarrow robbery

Credit: Press Association

Police in the Scottish Borders have arrested and charged a 20-year-old man following a robbery near Selkirk.

The incident happened on the evening of Wednesday 18th March in the Yarrow Valley area when a man threatened an 80-year-old woman in her home.

He then stole a quantity of cash and other items and left in a stolen Ford Fusion.

He is due to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday (March 23).


Salmon pass success at Murray Cauld

Salmon are making their annual migration to spawning grounds on the River Tweed. But while visitors to the famous salmon viewing centre near Selkirk can usually see fish jumping at this time of year, the fish are now using an easier way to travel upstream, as Jenny Longden reports.

Watch: Salmon jumping at Murray Cauld

The new fish pass on the Ettrick river allows salmon and other fish a safer passage up Murray Cauld.

The Cauld, or weir, is a 165-year-old structure that has recently been renovated.

Usually, visitors to the Cauld can see salmon jumping during autumn and spring time.

While they still jump when river levels are high, they can now easily swim up the fish pass to reach their spawning ground instead.

Watch Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre footage of salmon jumping here:

Salmon migration on Ettrick given a helping hand

Murray Cauld on the Ettrick water Credit: ITV Border

The annual migration of salmon on the Ettrick water is in full swing after recent heavy rainfall.

Each year, salmon make their way upstream to spawning ground, battling elements including passing through the Murray Cauld.

But while salmon can usually be seen jumping over the large weir, this year the new Lariner fish pass allows salmon easier access to their spawning grounds.

The fish pass is part of a multi-million pound upgrade of the cauld, which includes a hydro-electric station.

The Philiphaugh estate say the fish pass is working well. .

The new Lariner fish pass Credit: ITV Border
Salmon viewing centre footage of jumping salmon Credit: Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

Full Report: Scottish poet heads to the hills

Those of us who fancy heading somewhere beautiful and remote for a few weeks will probably be fairly envious of Scottish poet Rab Wilson.

He is the first ever James Hogg Creative Resident and is spending the next few weeks living and writing like the famous writer, who was known as the Ettrick Shepherd.

It is not just about writing though, it is about developing parts of the Borders where the population is declining fast.

Less than 1000 people live in the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys and the area needs help, as Hannah McNulty has been finding out.

Watch her full report below.


Scottish poet heads to the hills in the footsteps of James Hogg

Scottish poet Rab Wilson is heading out to the remote Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys to become the first ever James Hogg Creative Resident, living and writing like the famous poet himself.

James Hogg was known as the Ettrick Shepherd and lived and worked out in the remote Borders.

The project is not just about poetry though as it is part of a bigger drive to encourage visitors and residents alike to visit the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys - which have less than 1000 people in total living there.

With the population declining, the area is in need of some help - which it hopes can be provided by making people more aware of the natural beauty of the remote countryside in the valleys.

Other schemes that are hoping to help this growth are:

  • Plans for hydro electric power in the area
  • Improve road link from Potburn to the A708
  • Building routes for St Mary's Loch Circular Walk
  • Cycle routes a Bowhill Off Road and Minchmoor to Yarrowford
  • Better signage for tourist attractions

'Great day for the family'- Yarrow and Ettrick show

The Yarrow and Ettrick show secretary Anne Turnbull is hoping for lots of people and sunshine on show day.

"Yarrow Show tomorrow is the biggest blackfaced sheep show in the South of Scotland and this year we also have excellent entries in the all of the other sheep sections :- Cheviots; Park Sheep; and North Country Cheviots. It is a very pleasant day out for all the family. We will have Pipe Bands & Silver Bands playing; Childen's Races; and the hugely hilarious terrier racing.

I think we are going to be lucky with the weather. So many events have been cancelled this year so hopefully we will have lots of people through the gate."

– Anne Turnbull, Yarrow and Ettrick Show Secretary

Yarrick and Ettrick annual show given the green light

The 92nd Yarrow and Ettrick annual show will go ahead tomorrow, after the showyard committee gave the thumbs-up following a field inspection.

Show organisers are urging people to ignore the "road closed" sign on the A708, as the sign applies to forestry work in Moffat.

The show will feature horse and sheep competitions, pet and dog shows, children's races and performances from Melrose Pipe and Selkirk Silver bands.

The event takes place at Philliphaugh, near Selkirk, with gates opening at 8.30am.