EDUCATION chiefs have been forced to close a Borders school following a fire at a nearby chemical plant.

Pupils at Walkerburn Primary School were told not to attend this morning.

Two fire crews and two specialist vehicles were rushed to the scene at around 6.40am.

A spokesperson for Walkerburn Primary School: "Walkerburn School is closed today due to an incident in the local area. 

"See GroupCall for further information."

The Galashiels-to-Peebles school bus services - PO2, P32 - were cancelled and the X62 hasn't been able to operate so far this morning.