Two arrests after Duns stage of Jim Clark Rally

Brian MacFarlane Community Inspector East
Brian MacFarlane Community Inspector East

It was a rally that had its fair share of drama but thankfully unlike last year, when underage drinking led to trouble in Duns, most of the drama of the Jim Clark Rally went on behind the wheel.

The opening night saw around 3,000 people gather in Duns town centre to watch the competitors whizz past and Community Inspector Brian MacFarlane said although there were a few arrests - one for breach of the peace and one for a minor assault - he and his colleagues were pleased with the conduct of spectators.

“I wasn’t here last year but I know that the number of arrests and number of calls we received about underage drinking and anti-social behaviour wasn’t as high this year.

“There was some trouble in the town centre but this was after all the cars had passed through and the stage was over.

“There was one seizure of alcohol; a male arrested for breach of the peace for being abusive to emergency services and a female arrested as a result of a scuffle with another woman.

“Both of these people were local rather than anyone who’d travelled to Duns specifically for the rally.”

The sun shone down on Duns for the town stage on Friday night and Inspector MacFarlane said the occasion was once again one Berwickshire and its residents could be proud of.

“An estimated 25,000 people watched the rally over the course of the weekend so it was once again a tremendous success.

“To have 3,000 in Duns alone for the Friday night was fantastic.

“On the whole we were delighted by the behaviour of those people who chose to come and support the event.”