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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 15 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's all from the South of Scotland live page for today. We'll be back at 9am tomorrow to bring you more live news updates from Dumfries and Galloway, and the Scottish Borders.

In the meantime, if you have any stories you would like to share with us, you can contact us at dumfries@bbc.co.uk and selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

Frosty night

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

There'll be a few showers holding on at first this evening, but most places will be dry and clear. Expect a cold night with a frost and the small risk of some icy patches where the ground is wet from any showers earlier today. Lows tonight around freezing or just above. Sub-zero in rural spots. Winds moderate from the west and easing off.

Tomorrow, Tuesday is a cold, frosty day but then largely dry and bright through the morning with a ridge of high pressure meaning settled conditions. Cold with highs of about 7C.

The Southern Reporter

tweets: Serious accident in Selkirk town centre shuts the A7.
http://bit.ly/1vS8Z2m

Selkirk A7 crash latest

Traffic Scotland

tweets: #ScottishBorders: #A7 both ways @ #Selkirk - awaiting diversion route due to a serious RTC involving lorry & pedestrian.

Bus firm First Scotland East

tweets: Due to an accident at Selkirk Sq Service X95/72/73 will be unable to serve Selkirk Sq Bus Stance at this time.

Selkirk A7 crash impact

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

This is going to cause massive traffic headaches round and about Selkirk.

Roads around the area are already one-way or closed for works.

Selkirk crash update

Here's a photograph of the scene of

a serious crash in Selkirk, sent to us by BBC reporter Cameron Buttle.

Selkirk crash
BBC

Hunt for lottery millionaire

Someone in Dumfries and Galloway is sitting on an unclaimed lottery ticket worth £1m, according to the National Lottery.

Euromillions
Camelot

The winning ticket was a EuroMillions Millionaire Maker, number TDV940673, which was drawn on 28 November.

The winner, who has also scooped a trip to Australia, Peru or Brazil, has until 27 May 2015 to claim their prize.

Selkirk road accident

Traffic Scotland

tweets: #ScottishBorders: #A7 both ways @ #Selkirk - closed due to an serious RTC involving lorry & pedestrian.

Front page news

The Galloway Gazette

tweets: If you missed it on Friday:

Galloway Gazette
Galloway Gazette

News bulletins

Don't forget to tune into the latest news bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk on Radio Scotland at 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

radio desk
Thinkstock

Scotch pie champions?

Three butchers and a bakery from Dumfries and Galloway have made the shortlist of the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships.

scotch pie
Andrew Milligan

Mogerleys, JB Houston Butchers and The Little Bakery, all from Dumfries, and Ballards Butchers from Castle Douglas, are among 12 businesses from across Scotland which are in with a chance of winning the coveted title.

The competition is run by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 14 January 2015.

Racing success

More Borders racing success at the weekend with Romany Rhymer an 8-1 winner for Bonchester Bridge father and son George and Jonathan Bewley at Carlisle yesterday.

And Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick was victorious on 9-2 shot Subtle Grey at the Cumbrian track.

Good day in Dumfries

Allan McNish

tweets: Yes #TK, you are not imagining things. A good day at Palmerston for #QueenoftheSouth

Allan McNish
ALlan McNish

Your views

Let us know what you think of the south of Scotland live page trial we are currently running.

Email your thoughts to selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or dumfries@bbc.co.uk.

Council settlement 'fair'

The financial settlement allocated to Scottish Borders Council is "fair",

according to its leader.

The authority will receive about £203m in 2015/16 from the Scottish government, under plans outlined by finance secretary John Swinney.

Council leader David Parker said: "The settlement is a difficult settlement in difficult, austere times but it's a fair settlement."

Winter questions

Scottish Borders Council is hosting a live question and answer session on its social media pages this afternoon

The council's asset manager David Richardson and neighbourhood operations manager Kenny Hastings will be answering questions from

Twitter and
Facebook live from 3pm until 4pm.

The session has been arranged to give residents the opportunity to engage directly with the managers responsible for the winter service including gritting roads and footways across the Borders.

Hospital access plan

A pilot project has been launched today in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary to give patients and visitors direct access to hospital management.

Dumfries Infirmary
OTher
The health board said it had moved "extremely quickly" to tackle the issues raised

It is hoped the initiative will enhance their overall experience and help resolve any issues which might otherwise escalate into a complaint.

The scheme involves having a member of the management team based at the main entrance to answer questions and listen to feedback.

Missing teenager traced

Missing Lochmaben teenager Aaron Brooks has been found safe and well, according to police.

The 19-year-old was missing overnight after leaving home at 7pm yesterday.

Guidelines issued

Safety guidelines have been issued following

the death of a sheep farmer from the Borders.

Jim Sharp
Robert Fairburn

Jim Sharp, 66, suffered multiple injuries in an accident at Newbigging Walls farm, near Lauder, in March.

Rail route signals

Borders Railway

tweets: Fibre optic signals the future of Borders Railway. The cables can transmit info faster and can be more reliable:
http://bit.ly/1xkfOAq

'I don't get many goals'

Queen of the South's first goalscorer against Rangers, Kevin Holt, has admitted his strike on Friday night took a lot of people by surprise.

Kevin Holt
PA

"I don't get many goals so the boys were all giving me a bit of grief at the end saying that I didn't mean it and meant to keep it on the ground," he said.

"A few of the boys didn't even know I was taking it - Iain Russell was saying to me he thought I was going to dummy it.

"It caught even him by surprise, so maybe that is what happened - it took the keeper by surprise."

Feeling cold once more

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A bright afternoon with a scattering of showers.

The showers will fall as snow over the hills and some higher routes may be affected too.

Feeling cold inland with temperatures struggling up to 4 Celsius, a little higher at 6 degrees in coastal areas.

Westerly winds will be fresh especially along coasts.

Annan edge it

BBC Sport

Scotland

Annan Athletic won at the weekend to move level on points with opponents East Fife, who are fourth in Scottish League Two.

A Scott Davidson penalty late in the day

clinched a close encounter.

Police officer jailed

A former police officer convicted of sex attacks on two women and a string of assaults

has been jailed for 12 years.

Kevin Storey
CIARAN DONNELLY

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Kevin Storey had a long and honourable record of police service in the Scottish Borders and other parts of the UK.

But Paul Arthurson QC said: "Your appalling crimes render you a disgrace to your former uniform."

He was put on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

Curling team's Canadian delight

Scotland's women

captured the first ever Canadian Open women's championship after defeating Team Homan 5-3.

Eve Muirhead has had a successful year as skip.
SNS

Eve Muirhead's team led by a point in the home stretch and increased their lead in the final end.

Your views

What do you think of this trial south of Scotland live page for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Send us your views on selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or dumfries@bbc.co.uk.

Missing teenager appeal

Family and police are becoming concerned for the welfare of 19-year-old Aaron Brooks from Whitehills Avenue in Lochmaben.

He left home at about 7pm last night and has not been seen or heard of since.

He is described as having long, curly, copper-coloured hair and was last seen wearing a denim jacket, red and white trainers and a blue, red and white stripy top.

Flu vaccine call

NHS Borders says time is running out to make sure that people who are eligible for the flu vaccine are protected against the ailment over the Christmas and New Year period.

Vaccination
PA

Everyone who is eligible for the vaccine and has yet to receive it, especially those people who are "at risk", are being urged to get their annual flu injection as soon as possible.

Stranraer's hot streak continues

BBC Sport

Scotland

Stranraer remain two points behind Scottish League One leaders Forfar Athletic after

a convincing win over Peterhead.

Festive focus

Dumfries Standard

tweets: Santa Paws is back!! Get your pet pics in now!

Animal pictures
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Hawick end hoodoo

Match of the weekend in Borders rugby was at Netherdale where Gala were hoping to stop their losing run.

But more woe was heaped on them as Hawick took their first win after 11 attempts against them, dominating the proceedings to produce a 26-12 win.

Man due in court after assault

A man is expected to appear at Stranraer Sheriff Court after an assault in the town.

Sheriff Court
Chris Newman

Police are appealing for witnesses to

the incident at a taxi rank in the early hours of Sunday.

Peebles lit up

The Peeblesshire News

tweets: Beltane Queen lights up Peebles
http://bit.ly/1BHI4fd

Turbine call

A group protesting against a proposed wind farm development in Galloway is urging locals to make their feelings known at a public meeting tomorrow.

Turbines
Thinkstock

Renewable energy firm Ecotricity wants to construct seven turbines at Stroans Hill, close to the village of Carsluith.

Road services struggle

The Border Telegraph

tweets: Council prepares for fight to keep road services local
http://bit.ly/13pqD80

Historic triumph

BBC Sport

Scotland

Queen of the South fans are still celebrating

a famous win over Rangers on Friday night.

Gavin Reilly puts Queen of the South 2-0 in front
SNS

Kevin Holt and Gavin Reilly were the scorers in a 2-0 victory in front of a bumper crowd at Palmerston Park.

Peter Pan property boost

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Plans to preserve a Dumfries house which inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan

have been given a major financial boost.

Moat Brae
Graeme Robertson

A grant of £1.78m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will be used to create Scotland's first centre for children's literature and storytelling.

It is part of £4.8m the HLF is donating to five projects across Scotland.

Travel latest

Temporary traffic lights are in use on the A76 at Enterkinfoot. Traffic controls will also be in use for progressive anti-skid works between Thornhill and Carronbridge.

Cabling work is continuing on the A75 between Newton Stewart and Glenluce. Temporary lights will also be operating at Carsluith, east of Newton Stewart.

And on the A701 Dumfries to Beattock route, stop-go boards will be in use today between Mosslands and Greystone Rigg.

Ice risk warning

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

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

A mainly dry look to the day with spells of sunshine.

There will be a few passing showers falling as snow over high ground. Highs of around 5 Celsius, feeling cold in the westerly breeze.