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  1. Updates for Tuesday 16 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it from the south of Scotland live feed for today. Please let us know what you think about this short trial by emailing us on or

We'll be back here to bring you more of the latest news from the region from 9am tomorrow.

A milder night

BBC Scotland Weather


Initially it's dry this evening with frost in some parts of the Borders - but rain is on its way. A weather front moves right across the region from west to east bringing rain and a strengthening southerly wind.

It will be a milder night with temperatures reaching up to 8C by dawn.

Tomorrow is a cloudy day with bright moments in the east and some light rain outbreaks of rain in the west. A moderate westerly wind.

BBC North West Tonight

tweets: Pool death: Jane Bell, from Galashiels, was pulled from the pool at the Dalmeny Hotel but died hours later in hospital.

Galashiels baby pool death

BBC North West Tonight

tweets: A 40 yr old woman arrested after a 3yr old child was found dead in a hotel swimming pool in Blackpool will not be prosecuted.

Fuel poverty claims

Scottish government investment in a programme to help people in Dumfries and Galloway make energy efficiency improvements in their homes has been branded "insufficient" by local Labour politicians.

insulated house
Ted Kinsman

Dumfries and Galloway Council will be given £1.7million to help the fuel poor and vulnerable households access solid wall, cavity and loft insulation as part of the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland.

But Local MP Russell Brown said: "With so many households in fuel poverty, including 63% of older people in Dumfries & Galloway, I fear the funding the Scottish Government has provided will fail to make a significant difference.

"The number of people in fuel poverty in the region is increasing, not decreasing and this funding won't reverse this."

M74 is cleared

Traffic Scotland

tweets: *CLEAR* #A74(M) N/B J19 #Ecclefechan to J18 #Lockerbie South - broken down lorry #happydays #drivesafe

Council budget outlined

Dumfries and Galloway Council's Labour administration has unveiled

its draft budget proposals for the region.

Dumfries and Galloway council

They include a £3.5m-a-year "youth guarantee" to drive down unemployment among young people.

Capital spending commitments include increased funding for school building, new flood protection schemes and town centre regeneration.

Council leader Ronnie Nicholson said building the local economy was the authority's "number one priority".

M74 break down

Traffic Scotland is warning that a broken down vehicle is causing problems on the A74(M) between junction 18 Lockerbie south and junction 19 Ecclefechan.

All lanes northbound have been restricted and motorists are being advised to expect longer than normal journey times.

Radio news bullletins

Don't forget to tune into your local news bulletins, covering Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders, on BBC Radio Scotland, at 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

QoS player: violent conduct

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South defender Andrew Dowie has been issued with a notice of complaint by the Scottish Football Association following an incident in the match against Rangers on Friday.

He is accused of violent conduct by standing on the leg of Rangers player Ian Black.

He has been offered a two-match ban.

Queen of the South said they would wait until tomorrow to decide whether to accept the suspension.

Wigtown schools praised

Education inspectors have praised teaching staff at Wigtown primary and nursery.

The team at the school are recognised for their commitment to improve learning.

In their report, inspectors also highlight the school's strong leadership and attention to child care and welfare.

It's recommended that staff continue with plans to further raise attainment in literacy and numeracy.

Aerial view

Eyemouth Harbour

tweets: We're delighted with our new aerial shots of #Eyemouth #Eastberwickshire coast & harbour - thanks


Lad misses out

Denholm trainer Alison Hamilton's Some Lad failed to justify favouritism at Catterick races this afternoon.

The Borders runner finished fifth in the handicap hurdle which opened the meeting.

Sunny Selkirk

Scottish hockey internationalist Sarah Robertson

tweets: Can't complain about training on days like this ☀️👍#selkirkrfc #alwayssunnyinselkirk

sunny selkirk
Sarah Robertson

Hospital decision welcomed

The chief executive of NHS Dumfries and Galloway has welcomed

the decision to grant planning permission for a new hospital in Dumfries as a "major milestone".

Dumfries hospital
High Wood Health

Jeff Ace said: "We have come a long way from the initial site selection of the green field site, on the outskirts of Dumfries.

"Since then an immense amount of hard work has been undertaken by the project team, advisors and our bidding partners to reach this point, and many of our staff have worked closely with them on the detail of the design."

He added: "This will be a hospital built to the highest standard, making it fit for the needs of our patients, and to enable our staff to deliver the best possible care."

'Dream come true'

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson has welcomed the

£1.78m grant that has been made to the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Moat Brae
Graeme Robertson

"This is fantastic news, not just for the Moat Brae Trust, but for the whole of Dumfries and Galloway," he said.

"When added to

the £687,500 grant from Creative Scotland that was announced last month, it means the trust has almost half of the £5m needed to make this dream come true."

Caerlaverock wildlife

WWT Caerlaverock

tweets: One of the prettiest ducks in Britain...well i think so. Male Gadwall on the Whooper Pond this morning.

WWT Caerlaverock

Further drugs raids

Further property searches have been carried out as part of

a police drugs operation in the Scottish Borders.

Six houses were raided in the region and three outside it as part of the ongoing Operation Archerfish.

Galashiels seeks railway benefits

Scottish Borders Council has appointed Steve Revell as Galashiels Town Centre Co-ordinator, a role specifically linked to maximising the economic benefits of the Borders Railway.

Steve Revell
Scottish Borders Council

Mr Revell started his two-year post this month and has met with members of the Energise Galashiels group.

Woman rescued from car

A woman is being treated in hospital after she was rescued from a car near Glentrool holiday park in Dumfries and Galloway this morning.

Firefighters, paramedics and police officers were involved in the rescue, following an accident on a side road near the A714 at around 09.50.

Incident commander Derek Wilson said: "Our firefighters deployed hydraulic equipment to remove a door and the roof of the car, which created the space needed for the casualty to be safely lifted clear."

He urged motorists to be alert to road and weather conditions and to drive at an appropriate speed.

Winter boost

The Borders village of Oxton has welcomed a new, state-of-the-art "community resilience vehicle" to help tackle wintry conditions.

Kids with vehicle

The local community council successfully applied to SSE's Toddleburn wind farm community fund for a grant of £11,500 towards the specialist vehicle and related equipment.

BreakingBreaking News

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Plans for

a new hospital for Dumfries have been approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Fantastic victory

Andrew McNair

tweets: Pick up tomorrow's
@DGStandard for all the reaction to
@OfficialQosFC fantastic win over
@RangersFC and hardly a single mention of Ally!

School polytunnel trashed

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Police have condemned vandals who trashed a £3,000 polytunnel used to shelter a school garden in Dumfries.

Maxwelltown High School

The protective sheeting was ripped and the vegetable beds destroyed on consecutive nights last Wednesday and Thursday.

The facility at Maxwelltown High plays an important part in the pupils' rural skills course, according to PC Jim Porteous.

He appealed to the local community to help trace those responsible.

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Sunny spells

BBC Scotland Weather


A mainly dry afternoon with bright or sunny spells.

The best of the sunshine will be in the east, with cloud increasing in the west as we head towards dusk.

Temperatures will reach about 5C or 6C so it will still feel cold.

Radio bulletins

Listen to the latest news bulletins from the Scottish Borders and from Dumfries and Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland at 12:30 today.

More to follow at 16:30 and 17:30 from our Dumfries and Selkirk offices.

Hospital bid latest

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Objectors to the hospital plan are now being heard.

Visual impact on neighbouring residential property is a concern.

They say there are no mitigation measures to limit the impact despite claims of assurances from NHS project managers.

Smoke ban bid launched

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has

officially launched his bid to have smoking banned in cars carrying children.

Jim Hume

"A shocking 60,000 children each week are exposed to second-hand smoke in vehicles," he said.

"This bill is about guaranteeing that children in Scotland can have the freedom to go on and lead healthy lives if they choose to. "

Toasting success

A £5m expansion to a Kirkcudbright pate factory

is poised to officially open early in the new year.

Castle MacLellan

The owners say the investment in Castle MacLellan Foods will create new employment opportunities.

According to Norwegian parent firm, Kavli, the enhanced facilities are designed to capitalise on strong growth potential in the UK market.

More on the new hospital

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

A parking strategy has been submitted as part of the application.

There was a site visit for planning councillors carried out this morning.

New hospital bid latest

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Dumfries and Galloway Council's planning committee is being taken through the layout of the 350-bed new hospital complex.

A scale model of the hospital is on display in council chambers.

Various gardens would be sited around the building for patients and visitors.

Racing news

Denholm trainer Alison Hamilton is sending Some Lad, the mount of her nephew Tom, to Catterick today for the opening race at 12.10.

Some Lad finished second at Newcastle in his last outing.

Bus service changes

A consultation is underway on possible changes to a bus service linking Hawick, Jedburgh and Kelso.

First Bus
First Bus

Operator First has told Scottish Borders Council they can no longer run the service's 20 journeys without a subsidy from the local authority.

The council has agreed to pay First just under £32,000 to keep the current service running for 12 weeks from mid-January but they will be unable to maintain that level of subsidy without cutting services elsewhere.

The three month period will be used to look at bus usage and draw up possible alternative timetables.

Dumfries thefts

Two laptop computers and some bottles of alcohol have been stolen from a children's centre in Dumfries, according to police.


They were taken from the Mountainhall Children's Centre in Bankend Road on Sunday night or Monday morning.

The Southern Reporter

Appeal for witnesses after Selkirk crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to

a road traffic collision in Selkirk around 3.15pm yesterday, in which an elderly lady was seriously injured.

The Southern Reporter

Winter sun

National Trust Scotland

tweets: The Dumfries & Galloway coast at Rockcliffe is looking lovely in the low winter sun

Galloway Coast

Hospital plans seek approval

Proposals to develop a new £200m general hospital are set to go before councillors for planning approval.

New Dumfries Hospital
High Wood Health

The project will go to Dumfries and Galloway Council's planning committee which is being recommended to approve the application.

Woman airlifted

A woman has been airlifted to hospital

after she was hit by a lorry in a town street.


The incident happened in Market Place, Selkirk, at about 15:15.

Police said the elderly pedestrian, who is being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, was seriously injured.