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  1. Updates for Wednesday 7 January 2015
  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

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 9am with all the latest news, sport and travel from the south of Scotland.

Rain clearing

BBC Scotland Weather


The rain tends to clear from Dumfries and Galloway this evening and it's drier.

However, it remains windy from the west around the coast and there'll be few showers at first then largely dry during the overnight period. Lows around 3 to 5 Celsius.

A similar story in the Borders as today's rain pushes through this evening and tonight there's clear periods with the odd shower.

A touch of frost in sheltered spots and chilly with lows around 1 or 2 Celsius.

Gay ministers supported

A majority of Church of Scotland presbyteries

have voted in favour of the ordination of gay ministers.

General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Getty Images

The Kirk said 32 of the 45 presbyteries voted in favour of proposals to allow ministers and deacons who are in a civil partnership to apply for vacant posts.

The remaining 13 presbyteries opposed the move.

Crash sentence cut

A Lincolnshire man who was jailed for killing a Canadian tourist in a crash in the Scottish Borders has had his

jail sentence cut by appeal judges.

Andrew File

Andrew File, 42, of Sleaford, was given a three-year term after being convicted of causing death by careless driving.

A court heard he caused the death of Murielle Vaillant, 57, from Quebec, on the A701 near Tweedsmuir in May 2012.

Judges ruled three years in jail was excessive and reduced his sentence to two years.

News bulletins

The next radio bulletins for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway are coming up at 16:30.

Radio desk

One more to come from Selkirk and Dumfries after that at 17:30.

Remember to tune in tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 for more news, sport, travel and weather from our region.

Kelso crown

Lie Forrit, owned by Hawick's John McNeill, is aiming for a valuable prize this weekend.

He is one of the 20 entries for Sunday's £30,000 Veteran's Chase at Kelso.

Windy warning

Two Atlantic storms are expected to batter northern Scotland,

with winds gusting to speeds of up to 100mph, forecasters have warned.

A low pressure will sit over Scotland on Thursday night

The Met Office has issued amber 'be prepared' warnings for the Highlands, Western Isles and Orkney for Thursday and Friday.

A yellow 'be aware' warning of high winds for the rest of Scotland and north England has also been issued.

Weather advice

Police Scotland

tweets: Weather warnings for strong winds & heavy rain in Scotland over next few days. Follow
@trafficscotland if you'll be travelling on the roads.

No laughing matter

Thousands of pounds worth of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas,

has been stolen from Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.


A total of 26 cylinders were taken from the hospital's gas compound store between Saturday and Tuesday.

Sunday special

Border Telegraph

tweets: Sunday meeting welcomes new year at Kelso Races

Budget call

The leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Ronnie Nicholson, is encouraging local people to have their say on the administration's budget proposals.


The proposals were published at the end of December and detail the administration's plans for meeting a £32m savings target currently facing the council over the next three years.

Details of the budget proposals and areas for investment

are available on the council's website.

Website woes

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: our website is back up and running - sorry for any inconvenience

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Medication lost

Anti-psychotic drugs, painkillers and heart tablets are among a quantity of drugs lost in Dumfries and Galloway today.


Police said they were mislaid between Bankend Road in Dumfries and Thornhill in the early hours.

They have warned of the dangers of taking such medication without being prescribed it.

Borders derby

A Borders team is guaranteed to make the semi-finals of the BT Cup after the draw at lunchtime.

Kelso were drawn at home to Hawick in the quarter-finals of the competition.

The winners will play Heriot's or Howe of Fife in the semi-finals.

Flu fight continues

Dumfries Infirmary continues to wrestle with a flu outbreak.

Dumfries Infirmary

It is centred on ward 12 which remains closed to routine admissions.

Visiting is also restricted. The unit is also being used to treat other patients with flu from other parts of the hospital.

Moore's new role

Borders MP Michael Moore is returning to frontline politics.

Michael Moore

Party leader Nick Clegg unveiled his team today and Mr Moore is Europe spokesman in the Lib Dem's "general election cabinet".

Flood funds targeted

A public consultation is being lined up as part of a strategy to reduce the threat of flooding to communities across Dumfries and Galloway.

The proposed flood management plan for the Solway District aims to ensure that limited funds for protection measures are targeted at areas deemed to be at greatest risk.

Annan arrests

Police says two arrests have been made in connection with a spate of motoring-related offences recorded in Annan.

It follows complaints about anti-social behaviour and irresponsible driving in the town.

Who are you?

Thousands of Borderers are having to prove they actually exist following changes to the way the voters' roll is compiled.


More than 12,000 adults in the region have been asked by Scottish Borders Council to supply documents proving they are who they say they are - including a number who actually work for the authority.

SBC says in cases where details provided don't match DWP records the law requires the Electoral Registration Officer to request proof of identity in support of an application to register.

Wet and windy

BBC Scotland Weather


It remains wet and windy for the rest of the day, with further outbreaks of heavy and persistent rain across Dumfries and Galloway, with surface water spray on the roads and poor visibility.

The rain is also accompanied by strong winds.

Cloudy this afternoon in the Borders with rain continuing to push in from the west.

It's always that bit drier towards the coast, but inland the rain will be heavy and persistent at times.

Milder than yesterday with highs of 10 Celsius.

Radio bulletins

Remember to tune in for all the latest from across the south of Scotland with our local radio bulletins at 12:30.

More to come at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

Timetable concerns

"This wouldn't happen anywhere else in Scotland."

stranraer train

Councillor Willie Scobie voices concerns

about train timetable changes for Stranraer.

First of 2015

Border Telegraph

tweets: THE first edition of the Border Telegraph in 2015 arrived on news stands across the region this morning (Wed).

Paper front page
Border Telegraph

Baird joins Bairns

Falkirk have completed the signing of former Queen of the South striker John Baird after his release from the Dumfries side this week.

Queen of the South scorer John Baird

The front man joins recent signings Mark Kerr - who also left the Doonhamers - and ex-Annan Athletic defender Aaron Muirhead.

Sober celebrations

Berwickshire News

Eyemouth's new world darts champion Gary Anderson has revealed he will be returning to Scotland to see his family next week,

The Berwickshire News reports.

Gary Anderson
Getty Images

But it said the teetotaller would be keeping his feet firmly on the ground, despite pocketing a winner's cheque for £250,000 after beating Phil Taylor 7-6 in Sunday's thrilling final at Alexandra Palace.

Rain warning

A yellow "be aware" weather warning of heavy rainfall has been issued by the Met Office for south west Scotland, Lothian and the Borders.

Met Office

It said there would be a "good deal" of surface water and spray on roads with the chance of localised surface water flooding in prone spots.

In addition there is the possibility of minor river flooding in parts of the western Borders. The more persistent rain will clear to showers during the evening. The warning is valid from 12:00 to 20:00.

Tapestry vote unravels

Border Telegraph

Two councillors who voted against spending £3.5m on the Tweedbank tapestry centre resigned yesterday from the Independent group in Scottish Borders Council's ruling administration,

the Border Telegraph reports.

Tapestry Bannockburn
Alex Hewitt

Watson McAteer and Stuart Marshall have decided to leave the group.

Rally report welcomed

The organisers of the Jim Clark Rally have

welcomed the conclusions of a Scottish government safety review of motor sports.

Jim Clark Rally

Three people died at the event in the Borders last year.

A marshal licensing scheme and improved communication with spectators were among a series of recommendations in the report.

Homecoming record

A record-breaking two million people attended Homecoming events across Scotland last year,

according to Visit Scotland.

Hamish the Haggis
Colin Tennant

The tourism agency said many events sold out as the spotlight shone on the country.

Existing events were able to extend their programmes as a result of additional Homecoming funding including Borders Book Festival, Big Burns Supper in Dumfries and Doors Open Days.

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More on BT Cup draw

Scottish Rugby

tweets: Join us live on twitter at 1pm today, when President Ian Rankin will draw the quarter-finals of the #BTCup!

Ian Rankine
Scottish Rugby

BT Cup draw awaited

Two Borders teams will find out their fate later when the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Scottish BT Cup are made.

Hawick and Kelso go into the hat with a shot at lifting the prestigious trophy.

Turbine division

The Peeblesshire News

tweets: Windfarm divides opinion in Peebles

Driver airlifted to hospital

A driver is in a serious condition in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

after his car crashed on the A7 just outside Selkirk.


The man's Mini came off the road, overturned and went down an embankment a mile south of the town, at about 18:00 on Tuesday.

Surface water warning

Drivers have been advised by Traffic Scotland

to exercise care on roads across Dumfries and Galloway.

Surface water is affecting routes throughout the region and the Scottish Borders.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and it leads on a story about a Dumfriesshire aid worker who shared a flight with the British nurse diagnosed with Ebola.

Standard front page
Dumfries Standard

Persistent rain

BBC Scotland Weather


Cloud continues to increase early this morning as a weather front moves in from the west coast, bringing outbreaks of heavy and persistent rain.

This means a wet morning commute for many, with surface water spray on the roads and poor visibility.

The rain is also accompanied by those strong winds - gales around the Solway and Rhins of Galloway from the south or south west.

It remains wet and windy for most of the day - although it will be milder than yesterday. Highs of 9, maybe 10C.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

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