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First ever ‘Hedgehog Housing Census’ launched

Wildlife charities are urging people across the UK to help arrest the decline in numbers of one of our most loved garden animals.

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Flowers left as a tribute to Hawick's Leon Ali following his death on the A698 in November.

Death toll claimed by Borders roads on increase

A dozen people were killed in road accidents in the Borders last year, the highest death toll for seven years, a meeting heard this week.

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8.6 million speeding points on driving licences

8.6 million speeding points on driving licences

New analysis by Churchill Car Insurance reveals there are over 11.6 million penalty points currently held on the licences of British drivers, with 74 per cent of them (8.6 million) related to speeding offences.

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The Borders might have to defy Brexit and, as this sign at Carter Bar promises, welcome more immigrants to defuse a predicted demographic time-bomb.

Proportion of Borders population over age of 65 forecast to rise by more than half

The population of the Borders, identified as being 113,870 in the 2011 census, is predicted to rise by just 3,100 – or 2.3% – over the next 23 years, according to a new report by the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

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Scotland’s ‘Forever Home’ revealed

Scotland’s ‘Forever Home’ revealed

The ideal ‘forever home’ for a resident in Scotland is a four-bedroom, detached house in the country, with sea views, worth £370,082 – and just down the road from the kids, it has emerged.

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Family appeal for information on plane crash

Family appeal for information on plane crash

A fresh appeal for information about the last days of a German air force crew killed near Earlston during the Second World War has been issued by the grandson of one of those killed.

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NFUS launches share farming project to address succession worries and new entrant barriers

NFUS launches share farming project to address succession worries and new entrant barriers

NFU Scotland has started a research project on the potential of share farming to assist both new entrants and farm owners worried about succession on their farm.

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Volunteers needed to join in a national beach clean-up

Volunteers needed to join in a national beach clean-up

The Marine Conservation Society is running its 24th annual Great British beach clean-up from September 15-18, and is looking for local people to take part.

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Thousands of Scottish cats at risk of potentially fatal diseases

Thousands of Scottish cats at risk of potentially fatal diseases

Thousands of Scottish domestic cats are at risk of potentially life-threatening feline diseases because a third (33 per cent) of owners in the region don’t feel regular vaccinations are necessary, experts warned today.

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The life of Scottish doctor Elsie Inglis is to be celebrated in Serbia.

Events to celebrate the life of Elsie

She was famously told by the war office to ‘‘go home and sit still’’ but, instead, Scottish doctor Elsie Inglis went on to establish the Scottish Women’s Hospitals which played an invaluable role in the First World War.

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Research: women in relationships get the wardrobe...

Research: women in relationships get the wardrobe...

Whilst they may live and share their home together, Britons in relationships have areas of the home where they are likely to dominate the storage space.

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Scots new music talent to perform at 2017 Solheim Cup

Scots new music talent to perform at 2017 Solheim Cup

Be Charlotte, one of Scotland’s most exciting new music acts, is set to perform to a huge global TV audience as part of the official handover ceremony for The 2019 Solheim Cup coming to Scotland, the Home of Golf.

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Duke of Edinburgh attends service at Coldstream Church

Duke of Edinburgh attends service at Coldstream Church

Coldstream Parish Church’s congregation was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh for their Sunday morning worship at the weekend.

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The Scottish Fishing Museum's fifie, the White Wing.

Remembering 1917 fishing tragedy

A commemoration to mark the centenary of the loss of an Eyemouth fishing boat and her crew off St Abbs during World War 1, was marked this week.

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Scottish baby and children’s unit closures highlighted

Scottish baby and children’s unit closures highlighted

A new report, released today by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), found that one in four Scottish paediatric inpatient units, and more than 40% of Scottish neonatal units, closed their doors to new admissions in the 12 months to October 2015 due to concerns over staffing.

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Scottish EDGE launches creative award

Scottish EDGE launches creative award

Scottish EDGE, Scotland’s leading competition to identify and support the nation’s most promising entrepreneurial talent, is launching a special award today.

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Rubbish dumped in Hawick's Lower Mansfield Road.

Hawick fly-tipping clean-up about to begin

Scottish Borders Council is to begin a clean-up operation today, August 17, to tackle what is described as a serious fly-tipping incident in Hawick.

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Coldstreamer Andrew Guthrie gallops up Branxton Hill with the burgh flag flying.

Flodden Day ceremony is second to none for Coldstreamer Andrew

The 2017 Coldstreamer, Andrew Guthrie, led 300 horses and riders over Coldstream Bridge and south into England for the town’s annual pilgrimage to commemorate the fallen of the 1513 Battle of Flodden.

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Jedburgh Sheriff Court

Theft landed Jedburgh man before the bench

A memorial garden bench which had gone missing from a grassy area in Jedburgh was spotted several days later, repainted and with the plaque missing, at a property elsewhere in the town.

When Alexander Wood was confronted by police about the matter, he said he thought the bench had been abandoned and there was no plaque on it when he came across the structure.

The 42-year-old pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to a charge of stealing the bench by finding it on land at Old Bridge End on March 20 without attempting to discover the true owner.

Prosecutor Tessa Bradley told the hearing on Monday that the bench had been donated by the landowner in memory of his wife and also a man who had landscaped the area for the enjoyment of others.

He had noticed it had gone missing and around a week later his daughter spotted the bench in a garden in Jedburgh’s Grieve Avenue. Although it had been painted green, she recognised it due to its distinctive shape.

Wood was apologetic to police, saying he thought it had been abandoned and had painted it green to blend in with his garden.

Sentence was deferred on Wood – who is currently serving a custodial sentence for another matter – until October 30 to allow him to start saving up £200 for the cost of restoring the bench to its original condition.

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