POLICE officers in the Scottish Borders have charged a 26-year-old man following a reported hate crime in Hawick.

The incident took place at the Hawick Recycling Centre in Mansfield Road on Thursday August 17.

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The matter was reported to officers at that time and following a length investigation the man was charged.

A report on the matter has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “On Thursday, 17 August, officers received a report of a hate crime that had taken place in Hawick.

“Enquiries were carried out and a 26-year-old man has been charged in connection and report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”