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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 6 January 2015
  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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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it from our live page for today, back again tomorrow with more from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Remember to listen to our local radio bulletins at 17:30 tonight and give us your feedback on this service at dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

O'Hare prepares

The Border Telegraph

tweets: O'Hare warms up for Edinburgh Cross Country
http://bit.ly/1AArGhG

Dry start

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry start to the night. However, after midnight, cloud increases and winds strengthen from the south or south west in Dumfries and Galloway.

Temperatures shouldn't fall too far as a result. Lows around 3 or 4 Celsius.

There'll be a touch of frost in rural inland parts of the Borders with temperatures down to around -1C.

Tune in

Make sure you listen to the last two radio bulletins of the day from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Radio desk
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They are transmitted at 16:30 and 17:30 today from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

Turbine funding rises

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Communities in Dumfries and Galloway

could receive more than £2.8m-a-year from wind farm community benefit funds.

windmills
David Cheskin/PA

They currently receive about £400,000-a-year but the council expects that figure to rise when turbines currently under construction become operational.

Mercury arising

The Southern Reporter

tweets: Rare chance to view Mercury in Borders night sky: Stargazers in the Borders are set for a treat this month
http://bit.ly/1wRNgZ2

Cold caller warning

Police in the Borders are

warning householders to be wary of cold callers selling "Quest" magazine.

Doorbell
Thinkstock

It follows reports that a man has been knocking on doors in Innerleithen offering to sell the magazine.

Quest is a free publication available for subscription via a website.

A police spokesman said: "Quest is not a charity, and they do not collect on behalf of other charities. Under no circumstances will a representative from Quest knock on your door to ask for a donation. We do not recommend dealing with cold callers."

Kelso entries

Normile Racing

tweets: Silverton & Son Of Feyan entered
@KelsoRacecourse on Sunday

Horse
Other

Landslip lights remain

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

The A77 Ballantrae to Cairnryan road still has temporary traffic lights in place following a landslip before Christmas.

Delays are likely - bear that in mind if you are heading for a ferry at Cairnryan.

Flu outbreak update

Ward 12 at Dumfries Infirmary remains closed to routine admissions, transfers and restricted visiting is in place, following an outbreak of influenza.

Patients with the infection on other wards are being treated on Ward 12, to allow the "best use of resources and nursing skills".

There is a total of 15 patients confirmed with the virus on the ward. There have been no confirmed cases amongst staff.

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Wind on the way

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for wind for the south west of Scotland, Lothian and the Borders.

Warning
Met Office

Gusts of between 60-70mph are likely between 00:05 and 12:00 on Friday.

Lorry driver traced

Police say they have traced a lorry driver they were keen to speak to following a serious road crash on the B724 near Annan on Friday.

Four people were badly hurt in the two-car accident.

The lorry driver stopped at the scene to help.

Fire arrests made

Three teenagers have been detained by police investigating a suspicious fire at Gala Fairydean Rovers football club.

Gala Fairydean Rovers
Walter Baxter

Historic photographs and club records were destroyed in the blaze in the hospitality suite in Galashiels.

Two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy have been reported to the Children's Reporter for wilful fire-raising.

They have also been reported for housebreaking, thefts from vehicles and vandalism.

Injury returns boost

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

The boss of League One leaders Stranraer says the squad injury list is clearing at just the right moment as they prepare for a top of the table clash against Forfar this weekend.

Scott Robertson and Sam McCloskey are both back in training and influential midfielder, Willie Gibson, returned to action in

Saturday's 2-0 victory over Ayr - much to the delight of manager, Stephen Aitken.

"We've managed to get by without him but to get him back on the park is great for us," he said.

Thief pursued

Police are hunting a thief who dumped a stolen trailer and quad bike following a road crash in the Stewartry.

Greenlaw Business Park
Google

They were taken from the Greenlaw Business Park at Castle Douglas sometime between 17:20 and 18:20 on Monday.

The suspect - said to be in his 30s with a bald head and round face - used a silver Ford Galaxy to tow the trailer and ATV.

However, he later abandoned both after being involved in a collision with another vehicle on the road between Corsock and Parton.

Ready for dinner

Local schools are well placed to cope with an increased uptake of school dinners, according to Scottish Borders Council.

School meals
Thinkstock

Like their counterparts across Scotland, primary one to three pupils returning to the classroom are now entitled to free school meals.

The authority was one of five to pilot the scheme in 2008 - which will cost £1.3m in revenue funding in the next financial year.

It says any special dietary requirements can be dealt with if they're warned in advance.

Winning mix

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South striker Derek Lyle believes the Dumfries club has found the right blend of experience and youth for their Championship play-off campaign.

Iain Russell and Derek Lyle
SNS

The Dumfries side currently sit fourth in the table, level on points with Hibernian, and the forward says the age range in the dressing room works well.

"I have been about and I'm just trying to bring what I have learned to the team," he said.

"There's other boys in there with the same experience that I have had.

"That mixture with the boys with less experience would bode well for the future - it's been great so far and long may it continue."

Gritters good to go

Scotland TranServ

tweets: #A75, Gritters will be spreading on A75 from 18:00, please allow room for the spreaders to operate.

Marshal move advised

Volunteer marshals should undergo mandatory training before working at motor-sport rallies,

according to a report.

A marshal licensing scheme was one of a series of recommendations made by a nationwide review of the sport.

Rally victims
Other

It followed the deaths of three spectators at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders last May.

The final report also recommends that ground rules are drawn up for helping cars back on the road.

Feeling colder

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A fine afternoon, mainly dry with spells of sunshine and just a small risk of the odd passing shower.

Feeling cold in the westerly breeze with highs of around 6 or 7 Celsius.

Any rogue showers will die away this evening to leave a dry night.

Cold with lows of around 2 Celsius along with a touch of frost.

Radio bulletins

Tune in for all the latest news from across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders in our local radio bulletins at 12:30.

Radio mike
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More news, sport, travel and weather to follow at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

Fish poisoned

A plumber poisoned his partner's pet fish

by pouring pepper and washing up liquid into their tank.

Andrew Davidson, 25, killed the 20 fish during a dispute with his girlfriend at their home in Tweedbank on Hogmanay.

Phil not finished

BBC Sport

Eyemouth's Gary Anderson predicts Phil Taylor will claim more world darts championships

despite beating the 54-year-old in a dramatic PDC final.

Phil Taylor watches on as Gary Anderson celebrates
Getty Images

The Scot won 7-6 against the 16-time champion to take his first world title at London's Alexandra Palace.

"Phil will be back. He'll have the hunger," said Anderson, 44, on BBC Radio 5 live.

Restaurant rumpus

Armed police were called to a Peeblesshire village after

a woman caused a disturbance in a local restaurant.

Bakehouse
Google

Jacqueline Woods, 47, sparked the incident at The Old Bakehouse in West Linton, on 10 January last year.

At Selkirk Sheriff Court, she admitted possessing an air weapon and throwing a rock through a window.

She pleaded guilty to slashing a vehicle's tyres and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Rally recommendations issued

The review group set up to look at safety in the wake of three deaths at the Jim Clark Rally

has published its final recommendations on multi-venue stage rallies.

Crash scene
PA

The group was set up by the Scottish government following the deaths of three spectators in the Borders in May last year and another accident at the Highland Snowman Rally in 2013 in which one spectator died and a child was injured.

Garage break-in

Police are investigating the theft of nearly £2,000 worth of tools in a break-in to a garage in the Mouswald Banks area.

Cement mixer
Thinkstock

They were taken some time between 20:30 on Sunday and 05:45 hours on Monday.

The tools included a yellow cement mixer, a Stihl saw, a Makita electric chainsaw and a Paslode nail gun.

Wilson's winning hopes

Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick has two chances to add to his winning tally at Sedgefield this afternoon.

Never Never runs at 13:00 for St Boswells owners Paul and Clare Rooney with Tweedo Paradiso running an hour later.

McCall appointed

Dumfries-born Ian McCall has been named as the new manager of Ayr United.

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall
SNS
McCall has been given permission to hold talks with Dundee

He replaces Mark Roberts who was sacked in December.

The 50-year-old has previously managed Queen of the South, Dundee United and Partick Thistle.

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

Galashiels guide honoured

The Border Telegraph

tweets: Top honour for Galashiels guide
http://bit.ly/1xN1Rc9

Mental health concern

Thousands of Scottish NHS staff have been signed off work with mental health problems,

figures reveal.

Man being counselled
Thinkstock

A total of 8,540 staff were absent in 2013/14 - up 7% on the 7,975 signed off in 2012/13.

South of Scotland Lib Dem MSP and health spokesman Jim Hume said the figures it obtained showed the SNP's "woeful" record on mental health.

The Scottish government said improving mental health and treating mental illness were two of its major priorities.

Tax rate defended

The Peeblesshire News

tweets: Council defends tax collection rates
http://bit.ly/1vXeehA

Flu controls in place

Infection control measures remain in force at Dumfries Infirmary this morning following an outbreak of flu.

Dumfries hospital
BBC

It centres on ward 12 which has been closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

More than a dozen patients and staff have been affected by the bug.

Missing man found

Police say a 43-year-old man reported missing from the Bankend area of Dumfries has returned home.

George Murray
Police

A public appeal was launched after George Murray disappeared late on Sunday night amid concern for his wellbeing.

He is now said to be safe and well.

Travel latest

Temporary lights remain in place on the A77 between Cairnryan and Ballantrae.

On the A75, traffic controls will be in use for rolling works between Stranraer and Dunragit.

There are also temporary lights at the new vehicle check point at Glenluce further east between Springholm and Haugh of Urr.

On the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road you'll encounter traffic controls at Enterkinfoot and at Kirkconnel.

No problems with local rail services or Irish Sea Ferry crossings.

Rain clearing

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Any early rain will quickly clear this morning with much drier, brighter conditions spreading in from the west.

There is a small chance of seeing a few isolated showers, but not amounting to much - good spells of sunshine developing today for most places.

After a mild start it will feel noticeably colder than yesterday, as the wind veers into the west.

Temperatures eventually settling at around 7 Celsius.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning from a damp south of Scotland but better weather is promised later in the day.

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