South Scotland

Man charged over gun threat robbery on 80-year-old

A 20-year-old man has been charged following a robbery in Selkirk in which an elderly woman was threatened in her home with what appeared to be a gun.

Police said the robbery, in the Yarrow Valley area on the Borders town on Wednesday evening, was "a deplorable act which left an elderly woman in great distress".

The man threatened the pensioner and then stole cash and other items.

The handgun he was alleged to have used was recovered and found to be a toy.

He is expected to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday.

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