Speedboat theft probe

Detectives are investigating the theft of a speedboat believed to be worth about £12,000 from the outskirts of Berwick.

Detectives are investigating the theft of a speedboat believed to be worth about £12,000 from the outskirts of Berwick.

The boat, which is owned by a local businessman, was stolen from the compound where it was stored near Scremerston.

Thieves are understood to have cut the perimeter fence to gain entry and a police spokesman confirmed that inquiries are continuing.

Doing `better'

GOVERNMENT officers have accepted for the first time in over three years that Berwick Borough Council is now making good progress with its improvement plan.

But council officials have stressed it is vital that steps are taken to ensure the momentum is sustained.

The Improvement Plan was put in place after inspectors branded Berwick a "weak authority", with the delivery of services in a number of departments falling short of acceptable levels.

Migrants rise

POLICE have confirmed they are monitoring the increase in the number of migrant workers from Eastern European countries in particular to the Berwick district.

But councillors in Berwick have been assured that the majority are in the country simply to earn money, then return home.

Many are working in factories in Duns and Eyemouth and others on farms throughout North Northumberland and Berwickshire and a Northumbria Police spokesman said they have a very good working relationship with the Lothian and Borders force.

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