POLICE have charged five teenagers in connection with an alleged assault in Kelso.

The incident took place at Kelso Rugby Club around 8.15pm on Saturday, August 25.

A 47-year-old man was taken to Borders General Hospital as a result and four males, aged 14 to 17, have now been charged with assault.

A 14-year-old female has been charged with a communications offence after the alleged incident was filmed and posted online.

Reports have been submitted to the Children's Reporter.

Inspector Tony Hodges said: "Violence is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our community. Be assured that, when an incident occurs, we are committed to investigating it fully and pursing charges.

"Like many people we were disappointed that, instead of a phone being used to call the emergency services for help, it was instead [apparently] used to film as a person was being attacked.

"If footage has been captured of a crime, this should be passed to police to assist with the investigation and not posted to social media without the victim's consent for potentially thousands of people to see."