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  1. Updates for Monday 5 January 2015
  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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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it from the live page today. Don't miss the last local radio news bulletins of the day from Selkirk and Dumfries at 17:30.

We'll be back with more online updates from 09:00 tomorrow morning.

Mild night in store

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy start to the night and windy too from the south.

There'll be some light and patchy rain or drizzle at times too.

However, it's mild at around 7 or 8 Celsius.

After midnight, rain arrives from the west and it means a wet morning tomorrow with some persistent rain for the morning commute.

Edgar lands double

Hawick jockey Kieron Edgar landed a long-priced double at Lingfield races this afternoon.

He was on board 33/1 winner Boardwalk Empire and followed it up with Join the Navy at 6/1.

There was also success for Hawick trainer Alistair Whillans at Musselburgh with Claude Carter winning at 7/1.

Closing bulletins

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

Back again tomorrow at 06:30, 07:30, 08:30, 12:30, 16:30 and 17:30.

Kelso return for Cappa?

Cappa Bleu could make his comeback after 14 months off the track at Kelso on Sunday.

Cappa Bleu in action in the 2013 Grand National
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Runner-up in the 2013 Grand National at Aintree, having finished fourth the season before, the veteran has been sidelined since running at Carlisle in November 2013.

There's something about Gary

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Darts legend Phil 'The Power' Taylor was downed in a dramatic world final by Eyemouth's Gary Anderson.

Gary Anderson after beating Phil Taylor
Getty Images

But who is the man who beat the 16-time champion?

Here are 10 things you may not know about the 44-year-old Scot.

Flu outbreak shuts ward

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has taken the "precautionary measure" of closing Ward 12 at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, due to an outbreak of influenza.

Dumfries Infirmary

It is shut to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting has been temporarily restricted.

A total of 11 patients and two members of staff are confirmed to have influenza.

Suspicious lorry fire

A tipper truck stolen from a Dumfries industrial estate was found on fire on Saturday night, police said.

The Ford Transit vehicle was found in Abbey Lane at 23:45. It had been taken from the Irongray Industrial Estate earlier that day.

Police are treating the fire as suspicious.

Foodie boost

Scotland's Year of Food and Drink could bring huge benefits to the tourism sector in Dumfries and Galloway,

it has been claimed.

Gareth Fuller

VisitScotland's regional director Paula MacDonald said the themed year would help "galvanise" the industry.

It follows the Year of Homecoming 2014, which included the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.

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Borders railway to Carlisle?

Scott Borthwick

@BBCSouthScot the
@BordersRailway should be continued right through to #Carlisle with stops at melrose, heriots, Hawick and langholm

Forest fate

Forestry Commission Scotland says it will consider community schemes to keep walking and cycling trails at Craik Forest open.

Craik Forest
Ryan Notman

Concern has been expressed that tracks in the woodland near Hawick are being scaled back, to cut costs - with some inaccessible because of fallen trees.

But the commission says it has limited resources - and will focus on the most-used routes.

Motorway warning

Traffic Scotland has issued a warning of difficult driving conditions on the A74(M) between junction 14 (Crawford) and junction 16 (Johnstonebridge).

Surface water is said to be affecting the route.

Web problems

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: All our online services, incl web/email are currently down. Apols for inconvenience, will update as soon as resolved.

Railway call

A railway halt should be provided at Heriot on the new Borders railway line,

according to a local councillor.

Heriot village
Sandy Gemmill

Sandy Aitchison said villagers "deserve" extra transport provision.

He said: "I see no reason why the future programming of the timetable could not allow a stop at Heriot to allow passengers to join it."

Albion make Annan pay

BBC Sport


Albion Rovers closed the gap on League Two leaders Arbroath to four points with

a hard-fought victory over Annan at the weekend.

Marc McKenzie was twice denied by Annan goalkeeper Alex Mitchell before he broke the deadlock after the break.

Housing office raid

The premises of Loreburn Housing in Moffat Road in Dumfries were broken into sometime around 20:20 hours on New Year's Day.

Housing offices

Police said nothing appeared to have been taken however damage was caused to the building during the break-in.

Pupils sent home

A heating failure has given pupils at one Dumfries and Galloway school an extra day at home.

Dunscore Primary

Students have been sent home at Dunscore Primary due to the problem.

Injured lamb search

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Efforts are being made to find an injured lamb

which had its ear torn off by a dog.

The lamb was attacked on Hawick Moor on Sunday afternoon when two men were seen walking three dogs which they were failing to control.

Its ear has been recovered and it is being kept on ice but the farmer has yet to find the injured sheep.

Dry but cloudy

BBC Scotland Weather


Very little change this afternoon staying mainly dry but rather cloudy.

The cloud perhaps thick enough to produce some patchy rain at times over high ground.

There will be some brightness in the east across Berwickshire and in the west in Stranraer and the Galloway coast.

It will remain mild with highs of 10 Celsius along with fresh southerly winds.

Baird leaves Doonhamers

Striker John Baird has left Queen of the South "by mutual agreement".

Queen of the South scorer John Baird

A short statement on the club's official website confirmed the departure of the forward who joined the Palmerston Park club this summer.

Radio bulletins

Make sure you tune in at 12:30 for the latest radio bulletins from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

Radio desk

More news from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders follows at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

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Budget challenge

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Think you can balance the books? Try our budget simulator. Say where you would spend or save #sbcbudget

Dream comes true

Gary Anderson Official

tweets: So last night wasn't a dream then ...... #TeamAndo

Gary Anderson

Brilliant Blues

BBC Sport


Craig Malcolm and Jamie Longworth were again on target for Stranraer as they beat local rivals Ayr United

and moved three points clear at the top of League One at the weekend.

The Blues have now taken nine points off the Honest Men this season, much to the delight of the travelling support and boss Stephen Aitken.

"It's a league where I've always said anybody can beat anybody," he said.

"Every week you look at results and you can hardly predict them.

"All we can do is look after ourselves and that is what we have been doing all season."

Free meals

All school children from primary one to three are now entitled to a free school meal,

the Scottish government has announced.

school meal
Science Photo Library

The £95m initiative covering state schools is expected to save families at least £330 a year.

Rugby round-up

The BT Cup dominated Saturday's rugby card for Borders sides - and it was a day Gala will want to forget - as they crashed to a 40-5 defeat at home to Stirling County.

Melrose also exited at the third round stage after going down 19-12 at Glasgow Hawks.

There was progress to the quarter-finals for Hawick, who overcame Edinburgh Accies by 35 points to 27 at Raeburn Place.

Kelso will also keep the Borders flag flying after beating Musselburgh, 31-19, at Poynder Park.

In National League One there were comprehensive victories for both Jed-Forest and Peebles.

Missing man plea

Police are growing concerned for the whereabouts of 43-year-old George Murray who has gone missing from the Bankend area near Dumfries.

George Murray

He is described as being 5ft 8in tall and of slim build.

He has been missing since around 11.30pm last night and may be wearing camouflage clothing.

The public in the Bankend and neighbouring areas are asked to check sheds, garages and other outbuildings where George might be sheltering.

Doctor's challenge

The Border Telegraph

tweets: Borders doctor prepares for a dry run

Lyle savours goal tonic

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South kept their Championship play-off campaign on course with

a win over Livingston at the weekend.

Iain Russell and Derek Lyle

Andy Dowie and Iain Russell were both on target along with Derek Lyle who recovered from illness to play a pivotal role in the match.

"I said I'll give it what I've got," he explained.

"I had more than I thought I had and maybe just adrenalin with getting the goal carried me on so I was happy."

Staff exodus

The Peeblesshire News

tweets: Oversubscribed Scottish Borders Council staff exodus continues

Glory for Gary

BBC Sport

Eyemouth's Gary Anderson beat 16-time champion Phil Taylor 7-6 in a thrilling final

to win his first PDC World Championship.

Gary Anderson
Getty Images

Taylor fought back from 3-1 and 6-4 down to level at 6-6 at Alexandra Palace in London.

Anderson, 44, won the first leg of the decider and when Taylor missed double 16 in the next, the Scot capitalised to win the £250,000 first prize.

Crash appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses to

a road crash near Annan in which four people suffered serious injuries.

The incident on the B724 at 16:15 on Friday involved a Vauxhall Corsa and Skoda Fabia.

Dumfries Infirmary

The two drivers and one passenger from each vehicle were taken to Dumfries Infirmary where their conditions were described as "serious but stable".

Police are particularly keen to speak to a lorry driver who stopped to help at the time of the crash.

Travel latest

On the A75 Gretna to Stranraer, work is continuing today at a new vehicle check point at Glenluce where you'll encounter lane restrictions and temporary lights.

Further east - traffic controls are being used for rolling works between Springholm and Haugh of Urr.

On the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock Road temporary lights are in use at Enterkinfoot and at Kirkconnel.

No problems to report with local rail services or Irish Sea Ferry crossings at the moment.

Predominantly cloudy

BBC Scotland Weather


A noticeably mild start to the day for most. It will be a predominantly cloudy day with a little light rain coming and going, mainly over high ground.

There may well be some brightness at time, especially in the east across Berwickshire.

Mist and low cloud will spread in at times this afternoon along the Solway coast.

It will remain mild everywhere with highs of 10 Celsius.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome back to our live page service for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

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