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  1. Updates for Thursday 11 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Looking icy out there with more snow warnings on the way.

We'll be back tomorrow from 09:00 with all the news, sport, weather and travel as it happens in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

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Scattered showers

BBC Scotland Weather


As we head into the evening, the wintry showers continue to become well scattered, becoming more and more isolated this evening largely confined to the west overnight, where some hail and the odd rumble of thunder is still possible.

This leaves a mainly dry night with long clear spells. A widespread frost will form with a risk of icy patches by morning.

Ferry cancellations continue

Stena Line services have been cancelled for the rest of the day between Cairnryan and Belfast.

The 03:30 and 07:30 services on Friday are said to be "in doubt".

They have been suspended since

a ferry collided with part of the terminal on Tuesday morning.

Ferry disruption

Traffic Scotland

tweets: #A751 at Stranraer is *closed*.Due to severe ferry disruption traffic is being stacked here until ferries are back on

Stranraer map
Traffic Scotland

Icy patches

BBC Scotland Travel


Midlothian to the Borders - icy patches still affecting the A68 - especially bad in stretches between Pathhead and Carter Bar - several HGVs were stuck throughout the morning....

Latest bulletins

Tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for the last two radio bulletins of the day from Dumfries and Selkirk.

All the latest news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Over the limit

The first driver to appear at Dumfries Sheriff Court under the changed drink-drive law in Scotland was nearly five times over the new limit.

Dumfries Sheriff Court

Jonathan Meyer, 53, from Kirkcudbright, pleaded guilty to driving in the town's St Cuthbert's Street yesterday, with a reading of 105 compared with the new limit of 22 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath.

Sentence was deferred until next month for background reports and Meyer was banned in the interim.

Renwick's hot streak

Borders jockey Wilson Renwick reached 40 winners for the season with a double at Newcastle this afternoon.

His first success came on Johnny Eager for St Boswells owners Paul and Clare Rooney and he followed up with the landmark win on Jukebox Melody.

Winter roads warning

Police have urged motorists to take care after a spate of

road accidents during wintry weather over the last 24 hours.

Insp Neil Hewitson, of the roads policing unit, said a number of people had suffered minor injuries in the crashes on A roads in Dumfries and Galloway.

Key clash

SNS Group

tweets: .
@highog_4 looks ahead to his sides SPFL Championship clash with
@RangersFC #snslovepix

Chris Higgins

Televised tie

Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

tweets: Stranraer v Dundee Utd will be on Sunday February 8 at 12.30pm. The tie will be broadcast live by Sky Sports #monblu

Insulation cash

Extra cash will be made available to households in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders to help make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat.

hot house
Ted Kinsman

The Scottish government has allocated £1.7m to Dumfries and Galloway and £1.5m to the Borders from the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland.

It will be used to help fuel poor and vulnerable households with improvements such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulation.

Match policing

Police Scotland Horses

tweets: Tomorrow the Mounted Unit will be deploying in Dundee City Centre between 13:00 and 17:00Hrs and attending a football match in Dumfries.

Power returns

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Scottish Power says electricity has been restored to around 100 properties in the Galashiels area.

Power was lost at around 11:15 when a tree fell on an overhead line.

Everyone is now back on supply.

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This is the first week of our short trial of a live news service for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

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Flooding talks

Around 100 people attended a meeting about plans for the Whitesands flood protection scheme last night, according to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Flooding (Pic: Colin Colthart)

They said all views expressed at the event would form part of a report to councillors who make the final decision on the project.

Dumfries Provost Ted Thompson said the consultation process would continue in the New Year with a series of drop-in sessions.

Pitch problems

The Galloway Gazette

tweets: 3G pitch issues still affecting #NewtonStewart footie games. Read about it tomorrow.

Gritters get ready

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Gritters out again from 3.30pm today.
@metofficescot issue Yellow weather warning, snow & ice from now til noon tomorrow #sbctravel

Park pride

A community garden planted on a patch of wasteland in a Dumfries and Galloway village has

won a major new award.

Auchencairn Garden
Carnegie UK Trust

The Auchencairn link park has been named the overall winner of the first Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing.

Railway snows

Borders Railway

tweets: A wintry scene this morning as the ballast train works its way south near Fountainhall #tracklaying

Borders Railway

Weather warning

Traffic Scotland

tweets: TOMORROW YELLOW WARNING OF SNOW & ICE from #MetOffice - more info check #planahead #winterinfo

Weather map
Met Office

O'Hare returns

European bronze medallist Chris O'Hare will make his competitive return to athletics in Edinburgh next month.

Chris O'Hare in action for Scotland in the 1500m final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

The 24-year-old from West Linton relocated to Boston following his third place in Zurich during the summer.

O'Hare, who also finished sixth at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, will compete at the International cross country championships at Holyrood Park on 10 January.

Break-in spate

Berwickshire News

tweets: Police warn of spate of break-ins: Overnight on December 8 and 9 there were a number of break-ins in Berwickshire.

Learning support talks

Parents fighting a move to cut more than 50 learning support posts from schools across the region will today

hear first hand the likely impact on teaching staff.

The campaigners will share their concerns with the local branch of the EIS teaching union, and members of the Green Party.

Sunshine coming through

BBC Scotland Weather


Further wintry showers to come at first this afternoon in Dumfries and Galloway, falling as snow over high ground.

The showers will tend to become well scattered by dusk with more in the way of sunshine coming through.

Fewer showers around this afternoon for the eastern Borders with spells of sunshine here.

Some heavy wintry ones in the west especially around the Peebles area with some hail and thunder. The brisk westerly winds will slowly ease.

HGVs stuck on A68

BBC Scotland Travel


tweets: #A68 Pathhead to Lauder ICE!! Several HGVs stuck along this stretch. The gritters are out but one to avoid as cars are having to turn back.

Radio bulletins

All the latest on the impact of the weather coming up in our radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk at 12:30.

Radio desk

Make sure you tune in for that and all the other news, sport and travel information.

Power cut probed

SP Energy Networks

tweets: Our engineers are now en-route to investigate the #POWERCUT in #TD1 #Galashiels. Sorry for the inconvenience.

'Stacking HGVs'

Scotland Transerv

tweets: #A751 closed due to stacking of HGVs. Traffic diverted through #A77 to #A75. Check
@trafficscotland for updates

Drugs investigation raids

Police have raided a series of addresses in the Borders as part of

a major drugs investigation.


Operation Archerfish targeted premises in Galashiels, Hawick, Kelso and Selkirk early today.

Extra patrol

Amey SE Trunk Roads

tweets: #A1 Penmanshiel s/b we added an extra patrol after reports of snow. Our winter fleet totally mobilised.#winterinfo


Devastated mum

Peeblesshire News

tweets: Trust set up by devastated mum

Your thoughts

Another busy day out there with the weather causing problems across the south of Scotland.

What do you think of this trial live news service for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders?

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Dental concerns

A Dumfries and Galloway councillor has raised concerns about the waiting times for dental surgery in the region.


SNP group leader, Brian Collins, says he knows of one woman who is on her tenth course of antibiotics and has to wait until June next year for her operation, leaving her in agony.

He said he understood the problem was not unique to Dumfries and Galloway.

Southern Reporter

An exclusive about traders in Selkirk counting the cost of a protracted road closure leads The Southern Reporter today.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

More than acceptable for a DJ

Dumfries-born Calvin Harris

has earned more this year than any DJ has previously done, according to American business magazine Forbes.

Calvin Harris

His appearances and studio production are thought to have earned the 30-year-old $66m (£42m) during 2014.

That has put him in ninth place on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid musicians.

Galloway News

A street brawl in Castle Douglas makes the front page of today's Galloway News.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Flu hits ward for elderly

A flu outbreak

has closed part of a ward at Borders General Hospital.

Borders general hospital
Walter baxter

Three bays of Ward 10, which is part of the Medicine for the Elderly Department, are affected.