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Suspicious fire causes severe damage to Melrose business premises

McPhersons on St Dunstans Lane Image copyright Google
Image caption The fire broke out at the building in St Dunstans Lane

A business premises in Melrose has been badly damaged by a fire which police believe was started deliberately.

The blaze was discovered at McPhersons on St Dunstans Lane at about 22:00 on Saturday.

Police said no-one was in the building at the time.

Insp John Reid, of Police Scotland, said: "Early indications are that this fire was the result of a deliberate act and a full fire scene investigation will now take place."

He added: "I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area of St Dunstans Lane last night to get in touch with Police Scotland at Melrose if they saw or heard anything which might help us in our inquiries into this fire.

"Thankfully no-one was in the building at the time however the building and contents have been seriously damaged as a result."

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