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New mobile phone law

Police Scotland has launched an awareness campaign of the new mobile phone law which comes into place next week, doubling the penalties faced by motorists using mobile phones while driving.

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Sheriff Drummond outside Duns Sheriff court on the last day of sitting, January 29, 2015.

Duns Court has been unused for over two years

Duns Sheriff Court is still costing the Scottish Courts Service money two years after it was closed.

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Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Jedburgh Justice of the Peace Court.

Shop assistant foiled drug-fuelled raider

A Hawick woman who tried to rob a grocery with a golf club and knife was jailed for 17 months at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

Natasha Murray, 26, was said to be under the influence of drugs when she burst into Kat’s Corner Shop in Hawick and demanded money from assistant Patricia Yule. She brandished a knife at the female employee and swung a golf club at her during the robbery bid.

The court was told that the Ms Yule managed to get hold of the club and was involved in a struggle with Murray before a member of the public heard her shout for help and the accused ran off.

Murray, of Howegate, Hawick, pleaded guilty to assault and attempting to rob the shop in Myreslaw Green on July 7 and received a 400-day jail sentence. She was handed another 120 days’ prison for spitting on a Tesco employee, stealing £94 worth of cosmetics from the Galashiels store in September and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said Murray’s grandmother suspected she was under the influence of something on the day of the offence and she left the house after being given a row by her grandfather.

She was spotted at around 1.20pm in an agitated state and with her hood up which was unusual for July.

Mr Fraser said: “At 1.30pm she entered the shop and demanded £20 from a 26-year-old employee.

“She saw that the accused was holding a knife and a golf club and tried to engage her in conversation before bravely grabbing hold of the golf club and a struggle ensued. A member of the public heard her shout, ‘She is trying to take something’, and the accused ran off.

“Ms Yule was clearly upset and left holding the knife and the golf club.”

Police recognised Murray from CCTV footage and called at her home where they found her hiding in a rolled-up carpet in the living room.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme said: “She has little recollection of what happened. There is precious little that can be said in mitigation.

“Her grandmother said she had never seen her in such a state.”

Sheriff Peter Paterson described the grocery store incident as “shocking” and said there was no alternative to a custodial sentence.

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Emergency services were called to the incident on Tuesday evening.

Police appeal for witnesses following fire

Police are appealing for witnesses after a barn near Earlston was set on fire on Tuesday, February 21.

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The penalty for this sort of driving offence just got much steeper.

Mobile phone driving penalty has been doubled

From March 1 anyone caught using a mobile phone (or internet device) at the wheel faces a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence.

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Bank fraud warning

A Borders resident has recently received a phone call from a man claiming to work for the fraud department which covers numerous banks.

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Bus worker stole customer’s jacket

Bus worker stole customer’s jacket

A bus worker who stole a customer’s new jacket which had been left behind was fined £200 at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday.

Glenn Morris, 39, took the jacket to a Marks and Spencer store and received a £49.50 credit note for it.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing the jacket during the course of his employment at the First Bus depot in Duke Street, Galashiels, on June 5.

The procurator fiscal, Graham Fraser, explained to the court how the accused had been working as a bus shunter, but had been dismissed from his job as a result of the offence.

He said: “The premises have a staff rest area and a general office with staff lockers, with one of these for found property.”

The prosecutor went on: “The position here is that the accused had gone to Carlisle to retrieve a broken down bus and brought it back.

“He found a brand new jacket on the bus. He put it in the found property at the depot.

“But thereafter he went to Marks and Spencer and got a credit note for £49.50 for the jacket.”

Mr Fraser said a woman had bought the jacket for her husband and was taking it back to Carlisle, but inadvertently left it behind on the bus.

Ed Hulme, solicitor for Morris, said: “He apologises for this. It was a moment of madness.”

He added that his client was now working as an HGV driver.

The court heard that First Bus had re-imbursed the customer with the cost of the jacket.

Morris, of Jessamine Cottages, Earlston, was ordered to pay £50 compensation to First Bus, as well as the £200 fine.

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The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has said that 1530 people from Scotland contacted its Stop it Now! website last year.

Scottish paedophiles visiting website to help them change

Potential Scottish paedophiles tempted to look at indecent images of children online have been visiting a special website to help them change their behaviour.

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Sheriff Peter Paterson.

Borders girl already an alcoholic at age of 16, court told

A sheriff has admitted being left speechless after being told a 16-year-old girl involved in a drunken disturbance in Galashiels is already an alcoholic despite still being a child.

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Sex attacker William Wilkinson.

Selkirk pensioner jailed for sex attacks on young girls

A pensioner was jailed for eight years yesterday after being convicted of repeated sex attacks on two young girls, one of them described as vulnerable, in the Borders in the 1990s.

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Third man in court over series of thefts

Third man in court over series of thefts

A third man has now appeared in court in connection with a series of break-ins to vehicles in Berwickshire during December.

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Elderly Eyemouth fraud victim left devastated

Elderly Eyemouth fraud victim left devastated

An 85 year old Eyemouth man has been left devastated after being tricked into handing over his bank card to a fraudster.

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Police Scotland embrace social media to keep public updated

Police Scotland embrace social media to keep public updated

Police Scotland’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts now have over a million followers.

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Six charges of hare coursing

Six charges of hare coursing

Three men have been sentenced in connection with hare coursing crimes in the Lothians and Borders.

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Kerosene stolen from Duns oil tank

Kerosene stolen from Duns oil tank

Police in the Borders are appealing for information after over £500 worth of kerosene was stolen from a heating oil tank in Duns.

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Netflix users have been contacted recently by email scammers.

Warning over Netflix scam

Netflix users are being urged to watch out for online scammers who are targeting users’ login and bank account details.

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Floral tributes on Swinton village green following the death of three spectators during the Jim Clark Rally

Event’s future looks bleak after MSA blow

There will be no Jim Clark Memorial Rally in 2017 and the very future of the popular motorsport event is now in serious jeopardy.

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Man due in court over attempted Eyemouth bag snatch

Man due in court over attempted Eyemouth bag snatch

Police in Berwickshire have arrested and charged a 26-year-old man in relation to an attempted handbag snatch in Eyemouth.

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The scam offers fake vouchers in return for personal details.

Warning over fake Aldi vouchers

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) is warning shoppers to be on high alert following a spate of fake supermarket vouchers appearing on social media.

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Police Scotland says the sharing of images online is becoming more common.

Warning of online “sextortion” risk

Hundreds of men in Scotland are likely to fall victim to “sextortion” crimes online, Police Scotland has warned.

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