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Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Wind picking up

Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

tweets: The wind is picking up in Stranraer. Looks like Weather Bomb Wendy is nearly here.
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Fraud warning

An elderly woman in the Scottish Borders has had thousands of pounds stolen from her in a computer scam.

Police have urged people to be vigilant after

the 75-year-old from Galashiels was targeted by fraudsters.

'Gusty conditions'

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It's windy for the rest of the day with gusty conditions from the south west continuing; and gales at times.

Frequent showers continuing - these wintry across the Galloway hills and around prone areas of the M74 that are quite high in altitude.

The rain still heavy and persistent at times too, but clearing the Eastern Borders by the early evening, followed by frequent showers - these wintry on the highest hills, but of rain or sleet to lower levels.

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Hart triumphs

Borders jockey Jason Hart was in winning form this afternoon at Southwell aboard Novalist.

The 16/1 shot landed the Ladbrokes Handicap by a distance of six lengths.

Road closed

The wild and wet conditions are starting to have an effect on the region.

The A716 from Sandhead to Drummore has been flooded with water and debris between Low Curghie and Terally and the road is reported to be closed.

Tempo key for Stranraer

BBC Sport

Scotland

Stranraer boss Stephen Aitken is hoping his team get out of the blocks quickly in

tonight's Scottish Cup replay with Dunfermline.

Highlights - Scottish Cup round-up two
SNS

"Starting the game at a fast tempo is key for us getting through to a terrific tie in the next round," he said.

Tune in for the bulletins

Still another two local news bulletins for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders to come today.

Radio desk
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Tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 to hear the latest from Dumfries and Selkirk.

'Exercise caution'

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Turning nasty out there with winds picking up and some heavy bursts of rain.

Traffic Scotland has advised road users to "exercise caution" in Dumfries and Galloway due to surface water currently affecting the roads.

'Half chances'

BBC Sport

Scotland

"There is not much between the sides and having a striker that can snap up a half chance could be crucial."

Berwick Rangers player-manager Colin Cameron assesses his side's chances at Albion Rovers tonight in their

Scottish Cup replay.

Garden closure

National Trust Scotland

tweets: Threave Garden has had to close today because of high winds. The Visitor Centre and café remain open.

Threave Garden
Duncan McNaught

Pungent problem

Berwickshire News

tweets: Odour fears scupper energy plant plans: Plans for a controversial energy plant near Whitsome have been shelved...
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'Positive impact'

BBC Sport

Scotland

"Winning this game would set up a cracking tie in February and I am sure it would also have a positive impact on our league campaign."

Jim Chapman is the new manager at Annan Athletic
SNS

Annan Athletic boss Jim Chapman looks forward to

tonight's cup clash with Brechin.

Borders cycling boost

Two major cycling events in the Borders

were a major boost to the local economy, according to a report.

Downhill event
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Tweedlove and the Tour O' The Borders were a major boost to the local economy

Researchers found that TweedLove Bike Festival and the Tour O' The Borders generated a combined total of £1.7m.

Neil Dalgleish, of organisers Hillside Outside, said: "The events have been recognised as a success at an international level, and visitors have gone home very impressed with our bike trails and our incredible cycling community."

Whitesands meeting

D&G Citizens Advice

tweets: Community Meeting about the Whitesands in #Dumfries Tomorrow night in St George's Hall 6.30pm More info on Charrette
ow.ly/FBahZ

Trains withdrawn

Network Rail and Scotrail have withdrawn a small number of train services for Wednesday as a safety precaution due to the severe weather forecast.

Stranraer station
Derek Menzies

They include the Ayr to Stranraer line.

Replacement bus services will be considered, but are dependent on road conditions

Rising star

Dumfriesshire's rising motorsport star Ross Wyllie has received another accolade.

The 23-year-old form Thornhill was presented with the Scottish Motor Racing Club's Rothman Trophy for the top performing Scot in a UK National Championship.

Care support scheme

Marie Curie Cancer Care and NHS Borders are working together on a project to look at ways of improving existing care and support for terminally ill people and their families in the Scottish Borders.

Cancer care project launch
Marie Curie Cancer Care

The Scottish Borders palliative care needs assessment project will run for six months.

Fatal crash appeal renewed

Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses to the fatal crash on the A76 south of Mennock on Monday in which 24-year-old Zoe Clark died.

Sgt Doug Millar said they were keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the crash or was on the road around the time of the incident.

Moffat school inspection praise

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Moffat Primary and Academy complex has been given solid pass marks following the latest visit by education inspectors.

Moffat school
Richard Dorrell

The all-through school, which also includes nursery provision, is said to have a positive ethos and a strong sense of community.

Clinical review

NHS Borders board has confirmed its intention to begin a review of all clinical services.

Borders General Hospital
Walter Baxter

It said the intention was to ensure "the continuation of safe, effective and high quality health services to Borders people".

Tune in

Don't miss your next local radio news bulletin coming up at 12:30.

Get all the latest from our Selkirk and Dumfries offices covering the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Weather front sweeping in

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A cloudy start to the afternoon in the Borders but turning wet later.

It'll be a very windy afternoon with gusty conditions from the south west; gales at times.

A wet and windy afternoon in Dumfries and Galloway also as a weather front sweeps in from the west.

Ferry delays

P&O Ferries

tweets: Some services on our Larne & Cairnryan routes are operating with slight delays, please check-in as normal

Race day memories

Kelso racecourse

tweets: Don't forget to post any photographs you took this weekend on our facebook page!
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First day for snow fans

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Hardy snow sports fans have enjoyed their

first day of the ski season in the south of Scotland.

Skiing at Lowther Hill
Ross Dolder

Members of the Lowther Hills Ski Club are working to create a ski resort near Wanlockhead, in Dumfries and Galloway, where they are erecting a permanent ski tow and a club house.

'Weather bomb'

Ferry services in Scotland have been cancelled and others disrupted as winds strengthen ahead of

an Atlantic storm that is due to hit the UK later.

Magicseaweed.com swell charts
Magicseaweed.com
A chart showing the movement of swells of up to 40ft from 06:00 to 15:00 on Wednesday

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for most of the UK for later on Tuesday, plus Wednesday and early on Thursday.

Severe gales have been forecast and sea swells for parts of Scotland of up to 40ft (12m).

Petition opposes support cuts

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

More than 1,000 people have signed an online petition urging councillors to reconsider

a decision to cut learning support staff from schools.

They have also called on Dumfries and Galloway Council to provide more information to schools and parents about plans to axe more than 50 posts.

A group of parents claim the move could affect all school children, not just those with additional learning needs.

The authority says changes are needed as part of a drive to save £32m.

Council sets weather strategy

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

Dumfries and Galloway Council is expected to agree a strategy today which sets out how it will respond to weather emergencies.

4x4 rescue
Other

In the past two years the region has been hit by heavy snow, town and coastal flooding, power outages and high winds.

Councillors will attempt to find a sustainable way of dealing with such events.

Stylish students

Border Telegraph

tweets: Fashion fever at Galashiels Academy
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Paramedic injured

A paramedic injured in

a fatal road accident in Dumfries and Galloway is being treated for a neck fracture and a head injury.

Accident
BBC

The 58-year-old man was working in the rear of an ambulance when it was in collision with a Vauxhall Corsa on Monday morning.

Zoe Clark, 24, of Carronbridge, near Thornhill, was killed in the accident, which happened in icy conditions.

Wave warning issued

BBC Scotland News

tweets: Met Office warning in place for Scotland tomorrow. "Unusually high" waves expected
http://bbc.in/12EgqDk

Swell chart
Magicseaweed.com

Wilson wins

Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick produced a storming finish to win the bumper at Musselburgh yesterday on Professor Plum.

Trained by Rose Dobbin, for her father Kelso racecourse director Duncan Davidson, Professor Plum won by a nose.

Cup replays in store

South of Scotland sides are in action tonight in Scottish Cup replays.

Scottish Cup trophy
SNS

Stranraer travel to face Dunfermline with a fifth round clash at home to Premiership side Dundee United the prize for the winner.

Annan Athletic, meanwhile, make the trip to Brechin City with the winner away to face Championship side Falkirk in the next round.

Berwick Rangers head to Albion Rovers as they seek to progress to a tie with Spartans.

Councillor raises care concerns

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Vulnerable children could be housed in private residential care without the knowledge of Dumfries and Galloway social services,

according to a councillor.

child abuse
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There is currently said to be no obligation for councils to notify each other when placing a child in residential accommodation outside the area.

The issue has been raised by Dumfries councillor David McKie.

Wet and windy weather in store

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

In the Borders, a cloudy and dry start this morning with some brighter moments, but turning wet later.

It'll be a very windy morning with gusty conditions from the south west and gales at times.

Turning wet and windy across Dumfries and Galloway, as a weather front sweeps in from the west.

The rain will be heavy at times and it will be windy from the south.

Feeling milder than yesterday though, with highs around 10C or 11C.

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

On the A75, temporary traffic controls are in use at a number of locations between Stranraer and Newton Stewart.

You'll also encounter a convoy system at Auchenlarie for patching works.