A 55-YEAR-OLD man has been accused of attempting to murder two women by driving his car through the display window of an undertaker's business.

William McBurnie's ex-partner and her mother were in the premises of Zoe Turnbull Funeral Directors in Market Place, Jedburgh, when the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon.

McBurnie appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court – located just yards away from the incident – and faced a total of five charges.

In addition to the two attempted murder charges, he is accused of domestic abuse towards an ex-partner, breaching bail and also breaching a liberation condition.

He made no plea and the case was continued for further examination.

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McBurnie – who gave an address in Jedburgh – was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court again next week.

Several roads in Jedburgh town centre were closed for several hours on Wednesday afternoon following the incident when a car ploughed through the main window and into the reception area of the undertaker's business.

Checks were made on the safety of the building.

The vehicle was lodged almost entirely inside the premises which contains a mortuary.

Ms Turnbull opened her undertaker's business in March of this year.