ALMOST one-third of the tested gravestones at Ettrick Kirkyard have been toppled by council safety workers.

And a similar amount have also been either socketed or flattened at Ettrickbridge.

The safety checks are being carried out at cemeteries across the Borders to make them safer for visitors and workers.

But the inspections are leaving many communities upset and angry.

At the remote Ettrick Kirkyard, which is the burial place of world-famous author James Hogg, 161 stones were tested with 48 being toppled and laid flat.

Further down the valley at Ettrickbridge a total of 123 stones were tested with 31 being dismantled and 'socketed' and a further nine laid flat.