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  1. Updates for Tuesday 13 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 14 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's all for South of Scotland Live for today. Stay safe and warm in the snow overnight and join us again for the latest news, sport, travel and weather from 9am tomorrow.

Risk of snow

BBC Scotland Weather


A largely dry and bright end to the day, especially for the eastern Borders.

Still a few showers around however, and these still wintry on the hills and high ground. Winds remain fresh to strong from the west or south west.

Tonight, clear periods and scattered snow showers, these turning heavy at times, especially this evening and again later in the night. Staying cold with temperatures dipping to below freezing.

Icy patches and a risk of snow by tomorrow morning's commute or thereafter.

Weather monitored

Scottish Borders Council has held a teleconference with other partners, including Police Scotland, to monitor the weather situation.

The council's Emergency Co-ordination Centre will also be open from 06:00 tomorrow.

People are being urged to drive to the conditions and take extra care on the roads.

SBC gritters have been "out in force" and will continue to work across the region when required.

Rail opportunities

Scottish Borders Business Forum is staging a meeting to hear about the opportunities offered by the Borders Railway and to discuss what they want to get from it.

Wheatlands Bridge
Network Rail

The speakers will include Mike Kean, UK Rail Development Director for Abellio, MP Michael Moore and Scottish Borders Councillor Stuart Bell.

The meeting, at SBC's headquarters, will run from 08:30 to 11:15 on 23 January.

Bulletin time

Tune in for the latest radio bulletins from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios at 16:30 and again at 17:30 today.


Back again in the morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 with all the latest on any weather impact and more.

Cabinet meeting

The first of a series of regular Scottish Cabinet meetings to be held across the country will take place in Dumfries later this month.

It will be held in the town on 26 January.

Repairs advice

Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is offering a weekly drop-in advice service for property owners to gain information on traditional building repairs.


Every Thursday, starting this week, Project Officer Colin Gilmour will be available in the Cross Keys in Market Place, providing guidance on a variety of issues that affect old buildings.

Youth cup

Scottish Rugby

tweets: Looking forward to the National Youth Cup & Bowl getting underway this weekend. All the best to the teams involved -

Flu outbreak update

Ward 12 at Dumfries Infirmary has reopened to admissions following a flu outbreak.

Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager, said: "I would like to thank all our staff and visitors for their continued cooperation and support during this time of increased flu and the impact that this has on the hospital.

Andy Farrington

"Fewer cases are now presenting and it is possible to return to normal.

"As always we would urge anyone with coughs or colds not to visit any hospital setting."

Eider target?

Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson looks set to aim last Sunday's Kelso runner-up Harry the Viking at next month's Eider Chase at Newcastle.

Ecclefechan farmer fined

A retired farmer

has been fined £2,000 following an accident in which his nine-year-old grandson was seriously injured.

Dumfries Sheriff Court

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard that Thomas Raine suffered a fractured skull and a punctured lung when he was struck by a tractor.

He has made a full recovery since the accident in April 2011.

Brian Blacklock, 65, of Middlebie, near Ecclefechan, admitted contravening the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Gritters out

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Our gritters will be out today from 3pm to pre-salt all routes #sbctravel

Car key plea after thefts

Police are investigating a spate of thefts at homes in Moffat, Lochmaben and Dumfries where keys to vehicles, cash and mobile phones have been stolen.

Car keys

A blue BMW 320 was stolen from Lochmaben, a red Audi TT was stolen from Moffat and it is suspected an attempt was made to steal a Range Rover from Dumfries.

A man described as 5ft 8in, of medium build and wearing a beige/cream coloured jacket with a hood and dark trousers was observed by a householder in Dumfries having been disturbed by activating the house alarm.

Police have advised people not to leave car keys and other valuables downstairs where they could be easily taken by thieves entering their home.

Snow map

Met Office

tweets: #UKSnow map showing potential accumulations for tonight into tomorrow #WeatherAware

Snow map
Met Office

Be prepared

Scottish Borders Police

tweets: Be prepared - AMBER snow warning now in place for Western Borders & YELLOW warning for the rest of the Borders from 4pm tonight

Units on standby

Amey SE Trunk Roads As well as our 12 Patrol gritters we've got additional units on standby with #icy & #snowy weather predicted across the network. #winterinfo

Bullying rise

Online bullying in and around Borders schools is on the rise.

In the past year head teachers recorded seven incidents of cyber bullying in local schools.

There had only been four incidents in the previous two years.

Budget questions

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Cllr David Parker holding live Q&A session about our budget tomorrow AM. Question? Tweet #bordersbudget -

'Noisy nightmare'

Border Telegraph

tweets: Nikki's dream home turns into 'noisy nightmare'

Winds of change

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

The 50/50 split of monetary benefits from wind farms in Dumfries and Galloway between communities and a regional fund has been scrapped.

Councillors have, however, requested a further report on the details of the regionwide fund.

Cold afternoon

BBC Scotland Weather


A cold afternoon with highs around 2 to 5 Celsius despite any brighter skies. Winds fresh to strong from the west or south west.

More of the same this evening, although at times the showers may clump together to give a longer spell of rain or sleet - with the possibility of some snow to lower levels in any heavier ones.

The risk of ice remains and winds will strengthen a touch, especially around the coast. Lows of 0C to -2C.

Amber alert

The Met Office has issued an amber alert for snow covering parts of Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Weather warnings
Met Office

Bulletin time

Get all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the south of Scotland in our radio bulletins at 12:30.

More to come from the Selkirk and Dumfries studios today at 16:30 and 17:30.

Learning support forum

Plans to overhaul learning support in Dumfries and Galloway schools are being put under the spotlight in

the first of a series of consultation events.

Tired boy at school

More than 50 posts, including specialist teachers, are earmarked to go as part of a strategy to streamline the service and cut costs.

'Epic sunrise'

Emily Paget

tweets: Epic sunrise this morning
@BBCSouthScot #newcastleton #scottishborders

Emily Paget

Wind farm policy change

A policy put in place to split community benefit payments from wind farm developers is poised to be revised today.

wind turbines california

Dumfries and Galloway Council says the guidelines for sharing funds equally between communities living in the shadow of turbines and the wider region have proved unworkable.

Crook Inn boost

Peeblesshire News

tweets: Funding sets wheels in motion for Tweeddale coaching inn renovation project

Double chance

Hawick jockey Jason Hart has two shots at glory at Lingfield this afternoon.

He is aboard Novalist in the opening race of the day and Yawail in the final race.

Nostalgic visit

Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

tweets: Mary Fairly visiting Moat Brae for the first time since working there in the 1950s. #MoatBraeNostalgia

Mary Fairly

Blues 'not selling anyone'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Stranraer have been attracting attention after opening up a five-point lead in League One.

But despite the January transfer window being open and teams looking to strengthen their squads, the Blues boss, Stephen Aitken insists he's not concerned about losing any of his star players.

Stranraer manager Stephen Aitken

"We'll not be selling anyone in January because the club is now in a position where we don't need to sell, because we are financially sound," he said.

"So I don't need to worry about losing players.

"If you asked 20 players in that dressing room to a man would they want to leave this club at this present time I don't think you would get very many."

However, he confirmed Anthony Marenghi had been allowed to leave in a bid to get more first team football.

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Situation monitored

Scotland Transerv

tweets: Freezing conditions today folks. Our winter teams will be monitoring conditions and deploying our gritting fleet accordingly. #winterinfo

'Treacherous conditions'

BBC Scotland Travel


Police in the Borders tweeting about some treacherous road conditions with a number of accidents already reported because of the wintry conditions.

Car accident

Scottish Borders Police

tweets: A car has slid off the road on the Hawick - Newcastleton road near to the Flex take care on approach

Snow predicted

Electricity has now been restored to all homes left without power by recent storms as

forecasters predict snow across much of Scotland.

Snow on the A9
Traffic Scotland

The announcement came as forecasters warned of snow and ice across much of the country on Tuesday morning.

Icy route

BBC Scotland Travel


At Galashiels there is ice on the A7 between Ladhope Bank really to the Edinburgh City by-pass junction at Sheriffhall Roundabout.

There have been three separate incidents with cars striking trees and coming off the road. A gritter is en route.

Icy patches

BBC Scotland Weather


A cold and mostly dry start this morning across our region with icy patches but also some bright or sunny spells once the sun comes up.

Through the course of the day, there'll be a few showers around and these will be wintry on the hills and high ground.

For many, it's a dry and sunny day but if you catch a shower, they'll be of rain with some hail, maybe sleet.

A cold afternoon with highs around 2 to 5 Celsius despite any brighter skies. Winds fresh to strong from the west or south west.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning, and welcome to another day of news, sport, travel and weather from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Stay with us until 17:00 for regular updates throughout the day.