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  1. Updates for Friday 12 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday

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

That's it for the first week of our short trial of a live news services for the south of Scotland.

We'll be back on Monday at 09:00 with all the news, sport, weather and travel from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on the service at or

Charity company

Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

tweets: Sheep escort for charity walker Richard Long on the way to Wigtown.

Gritters in action

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Still working! #sbctravel Our gritters are on the roads here -

Widespread frost

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be dry, clear and cold across most of southern Scotland tonight, with just a few showers clipping the Galloway coast.

Frost will become widespread, with temperatures dipping as low as minus 7 Celsius inland towards Eskdalemuir.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for ice on untreated surfaces.

Radio bulletins

Don't miss the last two radio bulletins of the week from Selkirk and Dumfries.

Radio desk

We are on air at 16:30 and 17:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from the south of Scotland.

Live from Palmerston Park

Can Queen of the South narrow the gap on Rangers in the Scottish Championship tonight?

If you can't be there,

tune in for live radio commentary.

The Sportsound presenter team
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

Match postponed


tweets: Tomorrow's fixture between
@ElginCityFC and
@OfficialBRFC has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Drug charge

A Galashiels man has appeared in court

following a major drugs operation involving 100 police officers in the Borders.

Raymond Russell, 34, was charged with being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug to another person and also drug possession.

He appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court where he made no plea or declaration and his case was continued.

Upgrade provided

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Two housing associations have stepped up to pay for an upgraded path in Hawick

Skiing in the south?

Lowther Hills Ski Club

tweets: Currently assessing whether we'll be able to run a tow at the nursery area tomorrow. Ski Club members will receive an update by email tonight

Your views

Let us know what you think of the south of Scotland live page service we are providing on a trial basis.


Email your thoughts to or

A751 open

Traffic Scotland

tweets: #A751 at Stranraer is now *open* after stacking vehicles for cancelled ferries. #DriveSafe in the area

Football fixtures

There is

plenty more action for the region's football teams after Queen of the South versus Rangers tonight.


Stranraer are on the road to Peterhead in League One on Saturday while Berwick travel to Elgin in League Two and Annan host East Fife.

Transfer warning

The Berwickshire News

tweets: Warnings over plan to transfer services: Scottish Borders Council could lose nearly £600,000 a year in income ...

'Vital services'

MSP John Lamont has spoken out against any threat to community hospitals in his constituency.

Hawick hospital
Walter Baxter

NHS Borders is reviewing its clinical services. The board will be looking to see whether all four are needed - in Duns, Kelso and Hawick, as well as in Peebles - if they provide care for more people at home.

Mr Lamont says he "cannot support the removal of vital community services".

NHS Borders claims comments by its medical director have been "misinterpreted as an intention to close hospitals".

Pretty but cold

The Galloway Gazette

tweets: Dusting of snow in #DumfriesandGalloway this morning. Pretty but cold!

Borders rugby showdown

Match of the day in the Borders tomorrow is at Netherdale where Gala entertain Hawick in the Premiership.

Netherdale rugby
Walter Baxter

The Greens haven't beaten the Maroons in the last 10 attempts, but Gala have now gone five league fixtures without a win, so it could be a close battle.

That match kicks off at 3pm but Melrose will start their match against Glasgow Hawks at the Greenyards an hour earlier. Melrose are on a good run right now, lying in third place in the table.

'Great example'

Annan Athletic

tweets: We'd like to applaud
@JamTarts for becoming 1st club in Scotland to pay the Living Wage #Respect #Greatexample

Turbine opposition

Plans for a new wind farm in Upper Nithsdale

are facing opposition from council planners.

They have recommended that councillors refuse Element Power's application to build nine turbines at Twentyshilling Hill, two miles south of Sanquhar.

Fowler fancies Doonhamers' chances

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South boss James Fowler is hoping his side will impress in tonight's third versus second clash with Rangers at Palmerston in the Scottish Championship.

James Fowler

"We fancy our chances at home against anybody in this league," he said.

"We will look to find their weaknesses and hopefully there is a nice big crowd at Palmerston to enjoy the occasion."

Cloud increasing

BBC Scotland Weather


Cloud will tend to increase for a time this afternoon.

Light winds to start with before veering northerly and freshening at the same time. Maximum temperature 5 or 6 Celsius.

Radio timing

Don't forget the radio bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries are at 12:00 on Friday.

Two more to come after that at 16:30 and 17:30 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Radio bulletins ready

Fergus Waddell

tweets: .
@BBCSouthScot radio presenter Colin Colthart waits for his cue to start broadcasting to the region

Colin Colthart
Fergus Waddell

Ice warning

Met Office Scotland

tweets: Yellow Warning of Ice for SW Scotland, Lothian Borders : Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian...

Happy Calvin

Calvin Harris

tweets: Thank you BBC awards! Great time. Well happy to be part of it

Your views

Let us know what you think of the trial south of Scotland live page.

Email your views on or

Ferry services return to normal

Ferry operator Stena Line is operating a limited timetable today with revised departure times from Cairnryan at 13:30, 18:30 and 23:30.

Billy McCrorie

Services had been suspended since Tuesday after a vessel collided with part of the terminal.

Stena Line apologised to all customers affected by the disruptions and said its normal timetable was expected to resume from 23:30 this evening.

Festive scene

National Trust Scotland

tweets: The team at St Abb's Head NNR managed to capture this fantastic picture of a wee robin


Higgins hopeful for Rangers clash

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

A crowd of more than 5,000 is expected at Palmerston this evening as Queen of the South take on Rangers in the Championship.

Queens captain, Chris Higgins is in confident mood ahead of the game.

Chris Higgins of Queen of the South
SNS Group Rob Casey

"Obviously, we're behind in the league so we are looking to catch them," he said.

"We're confident at home, we've got a good home record this season.

"It will be a difficult game for us but it will be a difficult game for them as well."

Back page build-up

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is getting its readers in the mood for tonight's key clash with Rangers with its back page.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Veteran barnacle goose spotted

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A barnacle goose believed to be the oldest on record has been

spotted on the Solway Firth.

Barnacle Geese
Brian Morrell

The bird, which was tagged in 1986, is believed to be at least 30 years and four months old.

Its age is well in excess of the typical lifespan of the species, which normally extends no more than 12 years.

Farm thefts

Police have reported a string of thefts from farms in the Borders during the week.

Overnight on Tuesday a white cattle lorry and a quad bike were taken from a farm near Hawick.

Officers later recovered both vehicles abandoned on the Bonchester Bridge to Carter Bar road.

However, they are still searching for a further two quad bikes which were taken from a farm shed at Newcastleton during the early hours of Tuesday.

Outpatient issues

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

The number of people in Dumfries and Galloway waiting longer than 12 weeks for a consultant-led hospital appointment is at its highest point for a year.

Dumfries Infirmary

Some 329 breaches of the outpatient guarantee are recorded in the latest snapshot figures for October.

The spike is being linked to a shortage of consultants to cover unanticipated leave, with orthopaedics and orthodontics the worst affected specialties.

Chief operating officer for NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Julie White, said every effort was being made to tackle the issue.

Town at a standstill

Peeblesshire News

tweets: Traffic lights bring Peebles to standstill

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads on a selfie warning issued to parents of school pupils.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Ferry road kept closed

Traffic Scotland

tweets: FERRY DISRUPTION - #A751 remains CLOSED due to stacking of lorries #planahead #StaySafe

Traffic map
Traffic Scotland

Travel latest

Stena Line services between Cairnryan and Belfast have resumed this morning - however, it is on a revised timetable.

Passengers are advised to check ahead. P&O sailings between Cairnryan and Larne are also operating with slight delays.

In the Scottish Borders, the council is warning there may be more travel disruption this morning - with wintry weather again forecast.

Ice risk remains

BBC Scotland Weather


A cold frosty start with a a risk of icy patches first thing this morning.

It will brighten up with some sunshine, along with the odd passing shower, wintry over the hills.

Winds veering northerly and freshening making it feel cold. Highs of around 4 Celsius.