Police chief challenged over response time claim

I REFER to the article on page one of last week’s Hawick News (April 29).

I would like to challenge Inspector Paula Clark and her insinuation that it only took her officers five minutes to respond to the incident in Slitrig Crescent.

If this had been the case, how was the individual able to sit on the bench in Slitrig Crescent after the police were called, return to the incident, pick up the metal clothes pole and throw it in the public grass area behind where he had been sitting, and walk the entire length of Slitrig Crescent unchallenged?

Also her description that the individual was traced nearby – this is because residents pointed where the individual had headed towards, and by this time the person had reached as far as the Tower Knowe.

The police should stop spouting good news figures about crime being down, and also stop attempting to massage response time figures which are quite simply not true.


WE would like to thank everyone who took part in our sponsored horse ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Sunday.

Special thanks to all the farmers for allowing us access to their land, Richardson & Son Printers for all their help with posters and sponsorship forms, the local businesses who donated money or raffle prizes, the police, marshals and all those who helped in any way.

Thanks also to the Macmillan Cancer Support committees of Hawick and Ettrick and Yarrow for all their help on the day.

Everyone had a great day, the sun shone and we raised in excess of £3,000 for a very worthwhile cause.

Pam Turnbull

Brian Bouglas

Mick Robertson

THE Hawick Committee of the British Heart Foundation would like to thank everyone for their support during the past year, and helped us to raise £3,513.85.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the British Heart Foundation and also the 35th of the Hawick Branch, who over three years have raised over £100,000.

To celebrate the birthday of the British Heart Foundation, the Broken Hearts Appeal has been launched. Its goal is simply to fund research which could begin to literally ‘mend broken hearts, so all contributions will be gratefully received.

The Hawick committee was nominated and has won the area Heart Hero Volunteer award, which recognises the work done by the fund-raising committee, so please keep supporting us.

Our next fund-raising is the selling of raffle tickets for a Common-Riding hamper, which will be on sale at Morrisons from May 26-28.


THE Hawick committee for Action Medical Research held their AGM recently and would like to thank the general public for their generosity and support as we raised £8,500 in the last year.

Our next event will be the popular charity shop to be held at 6a Howegate from Wednesday May 11 – Saturday May 14, between 10am and 4pm.


I would like to thank all the people who came to my assistance after my recent fall.

I would also like to thank family and friends for their support, cards and flowers.

Special thanks to my granddaughter Kirsty for her help and support and for accompanying me to BGH.


WHAT a fabulous day at Hawick Rugby Club last Friday for the royal wedding.

The hall was decked out in red, white and blue and the day started with coffee and scones. Then afternoon tea and the children were all catered for with their own lunch, cup cakes and ice lollies, all the while enjoying the wedding on the big screen.

There was a fabulous atmosphere and to top it off we had a beautiful wedding cake of our own. Well done for all your hard work..