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Borders MP welcomes proposed tougher sentences for killer drivers

Borders MP John Lamont has welcomed the tougher sentences for killer drivers announced by the UK Government this week.

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Jedburgh Sheriff Court

Knife brandished during Kelso takeaway row

A fast-food takeaway manager who brandished a knife during an argument with a customer was this week fined £400.

Turgut Batkitar, 35, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Ozkan’s in Roxburgh Street, Kelso, on the evening of August 27.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court, pictured, heard there had been a problem with an order which had been placed on the internet, and when the female customer went into the shop to check the order, there was no food ready.

She contacted her partner who said she should cancel the order and get her money back, but the staff said they were unable to give a refund as the order had been placed online.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said the partner went into the shop to complain and there were raised voices on both sides. He explained how Batkitar picked up a knife lying on the grill and demanded that the man left the shop.

Mr Fraser added: “It is accepted he did not intend to use the knife, but it was an inappropriate use of it to get the customer to leave.

“The incident was caught on CCTV which he provided himself.”

Mat Patrick, defending, said Batkitar was busy and under pressure at the time of the offence, adding: “Both parties were annoyed. Clearly he has lost his temper and picked up the closest thing to him.”

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Jedburgh Sheriff Court

Eyemouth gambler jailed for 12 months

An Eyemouth conman who swindled his own partner and members of the public out of thousands of pounds to pay for his gambling addiction has been jailed for 12 months at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

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No-one should be bought or sold, says justice minister Michael Matheson.

Human trafficking is closer to home than you think

Their stories begin with hope and trust. Their stories begin with believing people who said they could help them find their way to a better life.

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An extra nine newly-qualified officers are expected to join the Borders J Division.

Concern about police numbers in the Borders

South of Scotland MSP Michelle Ballantyne (Conservative) has raised the vexed issue of police numbers in the Borders in the Scottish Parliament.

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Crimestoppers wants people to speak up about hate crime.

Scots urged to report hate crime

Crimestoppers is urging people to report incidents of hate crime across Scotland.

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Police Scotland officers warn about rural crime.

Rural areas targetted in series of break-ins

Break-ins at Westruther and Greenlaw over the past week have prompted police to issue a warning for people to be vigilant.

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IAM RoadSmart recommends  a drink-drive rehabilitation course should be made compulsory for those convicted of drink-driving, as opposed to it being voluntary.

Road safety charity call to reduce deaths caused by drink-driving

The UK’s biggest road safety charity is calling for a compulsory rehabilitation course as well as visible policing and a cut to the drink-drive limit to reduce the number of deaths on the roads.

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Big increase in hare coursing

Big increase in hare coursing

Hare coursing over the weekend in Berwickshire and East Lothian seems to have stepped up and police received a number of reports of suspected illegal activity.

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Roseanna Cunningham.

Wildlife criminals to face harsher punishment, vows minister

South Scotland Conservative list MSP Michelle Ballantyne has been told the Scottish Government is committed to increasing maximum penalties for wildlife offences during the current parliament.

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Another report of hare coursing in Berwickshire is being investigated by police.

Police issue hare coursing warning

Following another report of hare coursing in Berwickshire police are asking the public to report any suspicious activity.

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A1

Witnesses sought after crash leaves two women in hospital

Police are appealing for witnesses to a three-vehicle crash on the A1 on Saturday to come forward.

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Councillor Watson McAteer outside Hawick police station.

More bobbies needed on beat in Borders, ex-police chief tells minister

Police numbers in the Borders are now “dangerously low”, according to a former divisional police commander for the force in the region.

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Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Fraudster pleads guilty

An Eyemouth man has admitted obtaining £1,700 by fraud at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

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Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

OAP fined £400 over bike crash

A pensioner has admitted a careless driving charge after causing a motorcyclist to be severely injured.

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Selkirk Sheriff Court, Justice of the Peace, Procurator Fiscal

Man denies he spat at police

A man has admitted smashing the windows of a neighbouring house and making threats towards a man before being involved in a six-hour stand-off with police.

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He denies struggling with a man in Galashiels town centre.

Man accused of violent struggle

A 24-year-old will stand trial at Selkirk Sheriff Court accused of struggling violently with a man in Galashiels town centre.

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Man, 56, denies damaging cars

Man, 56, denies damaging cars

A Galashiels man has been accused of damaging cars parked at a town garage to the value of £6,000.

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Selkirk Sheriff Court, Justice of the Peace, Procurator Fiscal

Sheriff issues arrest warrant

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Galashiels woman after she failed to turn up at Selkirk Sheriff Court to answer a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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30-year-old held in custody

30-year-old held in custody

A 30-year-old man is to appear in court over offensive weapon.

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