SOAP dispensers and toilet rolls have been stolen from public toilets in three Borders towns.

Over the weekend thieves ripped soap and tissue dispensers of the walls in the Eastgate public toilets in Peebles.

Soap and toilet rolls were also stolen from the public toilets in Newtown St Boswells.

And council cleaners also discovered the dispensers had been taken from the public facilities on the High Street in Galashiels.

All three thefts happened between Friday and Monday.

A spokesman for Scottish Borders Council said: "Following a small number of public toilets being vandalised at the weekend which resulted in soap dispensers and toilet rolls being taken, we would ask all residents to please respect the Borders’ public toilets to allow other members of the community to continue to use them."

Since the coronavirus outbreak supermarkets have struggled to meet demand for toilet rolls and soap as shoppers attempt to stock up in case of self-isolation.

In light of the thefts and vandalism last weekend the local authority have closed a number of public toilets.

The facilities which remain open are Harbour Road, Eyemouth, Transport Interchange, Galashiels, Common Haugh, Hawick, Tourist Information Centre, Jedburgh, Woodmarket/Horsemarket, Kelso, Abbey Place, Melrose, Kingsmeadows, Peebles and Market Place, Selkirk.