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.

Councillor Davie Paterson.

Teries urged to report dog dirt to wardens

Teries are being urged to report dog fouling to help the region’s wardens tackle the problem more effectively.

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.

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.

Inquiries to the TWS Bikes robbery in December are still on going

Police pleased to report having quiet Christmas

The recent festive period was easier and quieter for police in Hawick than many of its predecessors, a meeting was told this week.

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.

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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High Court in Edinburgh

Death driver back on road

One of the men jailed following a crash which claimed the life of a young Hawick rugby player in 2009, has been given the chance to get his driving licence back early.

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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.

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.

Derek Lammie in his Hawick motorbike shop.

Trader appeals for help to find helmet thieves

The owner of a motorbike business in Hawick is appealing for the public’s help to track down the burglars responsible for stealing £2,000 worth of helmets and accessories from him.

Suspected hare coursing has been reported in Berwickshire.

Suspected hare coursing in Berwickshire

Two incidents of suspected hare coursing have been reported to Borders police.

Scotland currently has the lowest age of criminal responsibility in Europe.

Age of criminal responsibility set to be raised

The Scottish Government is to introduce legisation raising the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland from eight to 12.

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Airguns were used in almost half of the offences involving a firearm.

Fall in number of firearms offences

The number of recorded crimes involving firearms have fallen by nearly three-quarters in the last 10 years.

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Police Scotland has launched an Online Reporting Form to encourage victims of stalking to come forward.

Online form to help victims of stalking

A new online reporting form has been launched by Police Scotland to make it easier for victims of stalking to report harassment.

The NSPCC has said that online bullying is on the increase.

Report reveals increase in bullying online

The number of children and young people being tormented and bullied online has increased by 88 per cent in five years, according to a leading children’s charity.

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The A7 near Stow,

66-year-old punched in face during road-rage row

A 66-year-old man was punched in the face and had his car vandalised during a road-rage row in the Borders this week.

Councillor Watson McAteer outside Hawick police station.

Review sparks fears for future of Hawick police station

Fears have been voiced over the future of Hawick police station because of its inclusion in a list of buildings under review by force bosses.

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Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Man charged with murder bid on Kelso woman

A Kelso man has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a 56-year-old woman.

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