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  1. Updates for Wednesday 17 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Goodnight from the Live team here in the south of Scotland. Please get in touch with us with your stories and your views on this short trial by emailing us on or

We'll be back with more live updates from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway from 9am tomorrow.

Patchy rain

BBC Scotland Weather


It will remain cloudy this evening and overnight with patchy rain and drizzle.

More persistent rain arrives into the southwest later on in the night, turning heavier through Galloway at times. Lows of around 8 Celsius.

Tomorrow it will be cloudy with some outbreaks of rain.

Christmas refuse collection

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: No household waste collections on Xmas Day/NY Day; some changes on Boxing Day/2 Jan. Enter your postcode to check

Big Burns Supper

Event Scotland News

tweets: @barnardos & @BigBurnsSupper team up for first ever charity partnership #BurnsNight #Dumfries

Hairy haggis

Borders thefts: police appeal

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses to a number of thefts.

Two nail guns were stolen from a van in Lauder between 3.30pm on Monday and 12.30pm yesterday, when the van was parked in West High Street.

In Dalatho Street, Peebles, a number of tools were taken from a shed and there was an attempted break-in to a garage sometime between 4.30pm on Friday and 8.15am on Yesterday.

Inspector Carol Wood said: "We are appealing for anybody with information into these thefts and break-ins to come forward to police. I would also advise people to ensure that their property and vehicles are secure, and where possible, CCTV installed to deter thieves."

Radio bulletins

Don't forget to tune into your local news bulletins, broadcast live from Dumfries and Selkirk, on BBC Radio Scotland at 4.30pm and 5.30pm.


QoS suspension latest

Dumfries and Galloway Standard reporter Andrew McNair

tweets: James Fowler says QoS to appeal Andy Dowie's 2 game suspension as player adamant he did not intend to stamp on Rangers midfielder Ian Black

Eyemouth man on rape charge

A Berwickshire man has appeared in private at Selkirk Sheriff Court on two rape charges.

One of the allegations against John Michael Hutchison dates back to before the introduction of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.

The 41-year-old from Eyemouth made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination.

He was released on bail by Sheriff Peter Paterson.

ITV News Border

Selkirk MBE medal

A year after receiving the news that she was to be awarded the MBE for her services to the world of cardiology Selkirk's Wilma Gunn has

at last received her medal.

Wilma Gunn
ITV Border News

Wilma Gunn, from Selkirk, has spent years campaigning for heart screening for young athletes, following the death of her son.

QoS to appeal ban.

Queen of the South are to appeal against a two match ban for defender Andy Dowie.

Lewis Stevenson and Andy Dowie

He was issued with a notice of complaint by the SFA following an incident at Friday night's match against Rangers.

He is accused of violent conduct by standing on an opposing player's leg.

Selkirk RFC accolade

Selkirk RFC have been named November's club of the month by Scottish Rugby.

Selkirk RFC
Scottish Rugby

The Borders team was recognised for its continued success on the field, their ability to engage with the community and their desire to remain sustainable off the pitch.

The first XV has won all 13 of their league division one matches to date and they are currently sitting at the top of the table on 60 points.

Doug Ward, a representative on the Scottish Rugby Union Council, said: "The Selkirk club encapsulates the community spirit of their town and the surrounding area. On the playing side of things, they have invested time and effort in their youth and are, deservedly, reaping the rewards."

Festive blood donation

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

tweets: @givebloodscot in #Dumfries today & tomorrow at St Georges Church Hall see website for more detail #FestiveDonation

Red diesel theft

About 300 litres of red diesel have been stolen from the grounds of an industrial estate in Lauder, according to police in the Borders.

The fuel was taken from insecure vehicles and a storage tank on the estate in Edinburgh Road at about 02:30 on Tuesday.

A grey BMW was seen in the area at the time and police are keen to trace anyone who has observed a similar car in the area over the last couple of days.

Unemployment low

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Unemployment in Dumfries and Galloway has hit a new low, according to the latest figures.

The number of people out of work and claiming job seekers allowance has dropped to 1,732.

It equates to 1.9% of the local workforce - the first time the figure has dipped below 2% in more than eight years.

Youth unemployment is also at an historic low, with 410 in the 18 to 24 age category currently looking for work.

Borders wards reopen

Part of a ward at Borders General Hospital which was closed by a flu outbreak, has reopened.

Borders General Hospital

Three bays in ward 10, the department of medicine for the elderly, were closed to admissions last week.

NHS Borders said the move was a precaution after confirming the presence of influenza A.

They said anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms should not consider visiting the hospital.

Lorry crash victim 'serious'

Police have renewed their

appeal for witnesses to a road accident in which an 84-year-old woman was hit by a lorry.

Lorry crash

Marion Fair, from Selkirk, is in a serious but stable condition at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, following the collision on Monday.

She was struck by an articulated lorry at about 03:15 in Market Place, Selkirk.

Football food bank

Selkirk Football Club are asking fans to make a donation to a local food bank before they watch the match this Saturday.

Instead of paying the £5 entrance fee, they are being asked to hand over items like UHT milk, tinned vegetables, tinned meat, pasta, tea and coffee.

The Souters face Gretna in a Lowland League encounter at Yarrow Park.

Retirement costs £200,000

Six staff seeking voluntary severance or early retirement from Scottish Borders Council would cost the authority a one-off payment of nearly £200,000.

However, a report says recurring savings of £176,819 would be delivered annually by granting the requests.

It means the move would pay for itself in little over a year making it an "attractive proposition" for the authority.

'Black Eye Friday'

Police in Dumfries and Galloway have urged the public not to turn the night when many people start their Christmas holidays into

"Black Eye Friday".

Black eye
Police Scotland said it wanted to "keep people safe" over the Christmas party season

They have issued a list of advice in a bid to "keep people safe" over the party season.

It also highlights the consequences of consuming excessive alcohol.

Laughing gas warning

Police in the Stewartry are

increasingly concerned about the use of nitrous oxide by young people in the region.

Laughing gas
Police Scotland

They believe youngsters are experimenting with the substance, known as "laughing gas", without being aware of the potential side effects.

When inhaled it can make people feel euphoric and relaxed but police are warning that using it inappropriately can be fatal.

They issued the warning after finding several distinctive small metal canisters discarded in the area.

Quilt-maker honour

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

A Dumfriesshire woman has won recognition from Downing Street for her work in creating quilts designed to stimulate memories in people with Alzheimers.

Quilts at Hampden

Ann Hill, of Mouswald, is to receive a Points of Light Award, an accolade put in place by the Prime Minister to recognise people making a difference to their communities and who inspire others.

She spearheaded a project which saw Scotland's national stadium covered in more than 5,000 quilts to raise awareness of dementia.

Sales of the garments have have raised £50,000 for Alzheimer Scotland.

Mild temperatures

BBC Scotland Weather


A largely cloudy day with outbreaks of some light rain and drizzle on and off, but patchier this afternoon.

Mild with highs into double digits as temperatures reach 10 or 11 Celsius and winds from the west moderate in strength, fresh at times around the coasts.

Remaining cloudy this evening and overnight with patchy rain and drizzle.

Tune in

Don't miss the remaining radio bulletins for today from our Selkirk and Dumfries offices.

Radio desk

All the latest news, sport, travel and weather coming up at 12:30, 16:30 and 17:30.

Then we are back tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

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The Peebleshire News

New food bank

Families struggling to make ends meet have been offered a lifeline with

the launch of a new food bank service in the Borders.

food bank
Jeff J Mitchell

The initiative has been set up principally for the parishes of West Linton, Carlops and Kirkurd and Newlands.

Mixed reports

A home care service for people with additional needs in the Scottish Borders has received

mixed reports on two of its areas of operation.


The Care Inspectorate praised Todlaw Housing Support's work in Jedburgh as having "clear evidence of a very good service".

However, there were "serious concerns" about its operations in Duns with care and management branded weak.

Youth team success

Queens Trust

tweets: Well done to the Queens U20s last night: Clyde 1 Queens 7

Queen of the South team
Queens Trust

Plough boost

Angela Soave

BBC Scottish Borders

Oxton has its own snow plough - not a moment too soon!

Snow plough

The tiny tractor - with snow clearing attachment - arrived just in time for this month's wintry weather.

It comes courtesy of a windfarm windfall. SSE who run nearby Toddleburn contributed £11,500.

Budget challenge

People are being given the chance to have their say on how Scottish Borders Council should prioritise its budget over the next four years with the launch of a budget simulator.

Scottish Borders Council
Walter Baxter

The online tool at gives Borderers the challenge of balancing the books, with a budget of just over £252m per year to be distributed across the council's main areas, covering services such as education, social work and roads.

The Border Telegraph

A road accident in Selkirk in which a woman was hit by a lorry makes the front page of The Border Telegraph today.

Border Telegraph
The Border Telegraph

Council Q&A

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: We host another Q&A from 11am to 12noon today on our winter service. Submit a question using the #sbcwinter hashtag

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

No prizes for guessing what game takes centre stage on the back page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard today.

Standard back page
Dumfries Standard

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

A vandal attack at a Dumfries school takes up the front page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard today.

Standard front page
Dumfries Standard

No pool death charges

No criminal charges will be brought over the death of a three-year-old girl

who drowned in a hotel swimming pool in Lancashire.

Jane Bell, from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, got into difficulty at the Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade in St Annes on 14 August.

A75 accident

A motorist has suffered a head injury in a two car crash on the A75 Gretna to Stranraer Euroroute.

The collision happened shortly before 7am near to the Eastriggs turn-off between Annan at Gretna.

The road is partly blocked and police are directing traffic.

Cloudy day

BBC Scotland Weather


A predominately cloudy day and rather dull at times, with outbreaks of patchy light rain and drizzle on and off.

Some bright moments in the eastern Borders perhaps.

The morning will likely be drier than the afternoon, but it's mild.

Highs by mid-afternoon into double digits, with temperatures reaching 10 or 11 Celsius and winds from the west moderate in strength, fresh at times around the coasts.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome once more to our trial south of Scotland live page.

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