South Scotland

Police warning after Galashiels building fire

Murray and Burrel
Image caption Fire crews were called to a fire at the old Murray and Burrell building on Sunday night

Police have issue a warning about the dangers of entering disused buildings after a suspicious fire in the Borders this weekend.

Fire crews were called to the Murray & Burrell building on Roxburgh Street in Galashiels at about 19:05 on Sunday.

It is understood that the building may have been used recently as a gang hut by local youths.

Police have urged anyone with information on the fire to get in touch.

Insp Tony Hodges said: "Parents and youngsters must be alert to the dangers of entering building sites, derelict buildings and unused business premises.

"There are several hidden problems within these properties and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured as a result."

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