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  1. Updates for Wednesday 14 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 15 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 your updates from the south of Scotland for today. We'll be back at 9am tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

Wet and windy

BBC Scotland Weather


It will turn wet and increasingly windy across the south of Scotland tonight, with heavy rain, preceded by a spell of snow inland.

In the west, the rain will be persistent and heavy and combined with melting snow, will lead to difficult conditions on the roads and potentially some localised flooding.

Through the early hours, it'll turn drier and clearer with a touch of frost in the east, as temperatures dip to freezing. Winds will strengthen to gale force around the coast by the end of the night.

Temperatures will dip to around 1 Celsius.

Little Italy boss guilty

The boss of an award-winning Dumfries restaurant has been found

guilty of sexually assaulting four former waitresses.

Robert McAleese, 38, who runs the Little Italy restaurant, was put on the sex offenders' register following the verdict at Dumfries Sheriff Court today.

He will be sentenced next month.

Best shops call

MP Michael Moore is calling on small shops in the Borders to enter the 'Best Small Shops Competition' for a chance to be recognised as the best in the UK.

Michael Moore

Applications can be submitted via and should set out in no more than 500 words why they are the best small shop focusing on: innovation in the business, community engagement and entrepreneurial activity.

Corn Mill closed

Historic Scotland

tweets: Sorry, New Abbey Corn Mill closed for maintenance til 30 Jan 2015. Find adventure elsewhere: #hsclosure

Bulletin time

Remember to tune in at 16:30 for our latest radio bulletins for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

More from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios at 17:30 and then tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

No joy for Kieron

Hawick jockey Kieron Edgar had a disappointing afternoon at Newbury racecourse.

His only mount, Good Value for trainer David Pipe, was last in the opening race of the day.

Flu reminder

NHS Borders is reminding people of the importance of protecting themselves against flu which is circulating in the community.

Borders general hospital
Walter baxter

They have also urged the public to help keep patients safe by not visiting family or friends in hospital if they have flu-like symptoms.

Profitable season for Doonhamers

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South

made a profit of £55,000 last year in their first season back in the Championship.

Palmerston Park, Dumfries

The Doonhamers finished fourth in the league and reached the promotion play-offs.

The figure will be reported to the club's annual general meeting next month.

The 2013/14 season was the second in a row in which the Palmerston Park club operated in the black after major restructuring.

Holiday park sold

Colliers International has sold Wig Bay Holiday Park, located on the banks of Loch Ryan, on behalf of Steel and Jane Fergusson, owners for the last 16 years.

Wig Bay

The site, which houses 168 static caravan pitches and 26 touring pitches, has been acquired by Mark Seaton, the owner of several parks in Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

The purchase price was not disclosed but the selling agent confirmed that offers over £1.95m had been invited.

Routes salted

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Today's gritter action is to presalt all routes at 3.30pm and then our team will be out to check conditions first thing tomorrow #sbctravel

Your views - Weather update

Maggie Kaye, Dalry: Weather update from Dalry, D&G. Snow shower, lay at top of village height only. Then sunny and thawing for a while. Now grey

Dramatic improvements

Plans for a new theatre and performance venue

have been unveiled in Dumfries.

Electric Theatre Workshop

Studio 1 will hold audiences of up to 100, as well as having a rehearsal space.

It will be used initially as a venue for shows and events during the Big Burns Supper festival at the end of January.

The theatre space will be created from part of the ground floor of the Munches Street building, which is used as the festival's base.

Hospital assurances sought

Peeblesshire News

tweets: MP demands guarantee over future of Hay Lodge

NHS chief reappointed

John Raine has been reappointed to chair NHS Borders for another four years.

John Raine
NHS Borders

The appointment will run from April this year to 31 March 2019.

School improving

A new management team has been credited with

making improvements at an underperforming Dumfries school.

St Ninian's Primary School was rated weak in six out of eight performance categories by education inspectors in 2013.

St Ninian's Primary

The latest report by Education Scotland said progress has been made in raising standards in nursery and primary classes.

Festivals unite

Southern Reporter

tweets: Celebrate southern flora and fauna: Nature festivals unite in a first for the border regions

Walking trail work

Forestry Commission Scotland is to carry out work next month to improve access to the entrance of Dalbeattie Town Wood's popular walking trails.

Forest trails
Forestry Commission Scotland

The work, which involves landscaping and redesigning the start of the forest trails, is to be carried out from 2 February to 22 February.

Yard break-in

Galloway Police

tweets: 2 premises in Station Yard, Castle Douglas broken in to overnight 11/01-12/01. Any information to Police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800555111

Rail works continue

Borders Railway

tweets: Work continuing across our sites this morning despite a covering of snow. This pic from Shawfair Station...

Snow on tracks
Borders Railway

Strengthening winds

BBC Scotland Weather


A largely dry and cold afternoon with spells of sunshine. Highs around 3 to 5 celsius.

By late afternoon, cloud thickens and winds strengthen from the south. They'll be strong, with gales for the coastal areas.

Radio bulletins

Tune in at 12:30 for the latest radio bulletins from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

Radio desk

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

Front page

Border Telegraph

Concerns about police cover in the Scottish Borders make the front page of the Border Telegraph today.

Front page
Border Telegraph

Turbine safety shutdown

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A wind farm in the Borders has been shut down

after part of a turbine was found by a roadside.

The three-metre-long component, which is made of fibreglass, was found close to the Longpark wind farm near Stow.

John Williams

Local people believe it fell off one of the turbines during recent stormy weather.

EDF Energy Renewables, which operates the wind farm, confirmed it has mounted an investigation into the incident.

A7 'back to normal'

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: A7 back to normal #sbctravel

Annan anger

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard examines Annan Athletic's weekend defeat to bottom of the table Elgin.

Back page
Dumfries Standard

Bypass bid

Roads engineers are to examine creating a mini-bypass for Selkirk.

Selkirkshire councillor Vicky Davidson will be meeting with council officials over the coming weeks to take forward an initial proposal.

Walter Baxter

It would route the A7 straight from Tower Street onto Ettrick Terrace - completely missing out the narrow Market Place and two 90 degree turns.

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Alert service thrives

About 2,000 Borderers have already signed up to a messaging system which will alert them to everything from weather warnings to road closures and from crimes to power failures, using e-mail, text or voicemail.

SB Alert
SB Alert

A number of agencies have combined to provide the SB Alert system, which has now been operational for three months.

You can sign up for the SB Alert service, which is free, at

A7 closing

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: A7 closing between Stow and Fountainhall for vehicle recovery. Hopefully back open within the hour #sbctravel

Newbury goal

Hawick jockey Kieron Edgar is in action at Newbury today.

Newbury racecourse
Stuart Logan

He rides 25/1 shot Good Value for David Pipe in the 1:10 race.

Budget questions

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Cllr David Parker getting ready for live Q&A session about our budget - tweet #bordersbudget -

New chapter

Scottish Borders Council will be closing Selkirk Library on a temporary basis from Monday 9 February to Monday 30 March.


This is to allow for internal work to be carried out and for the refurbishment and reorganisation of the library.

Work is expected to take approximately seven weeks.

Drive safely

Amey SE Trunk Roads

tweets: Stopping to refuel and reload. #snow, #ice and bitterly cold. So #drivesafe today. #winterinfo

Snow plough

'No issues'

Scottish Borders Police

tweets: Good morning, no issues on any of the roads so far this morning but forecast is for snow mid morning so be prepared

Front page news

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and it leads with a story of unofficial industrial action by refuse collectors.

Front page
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Travel latest

Drivers across the Borders are urged to take care on the roads this morning.

Some light snow has fallen in some areas overnight.

But, while there's an amber warning for further snow in northern and western parts of the region, it doesn't look like the expected rush hour snow has hit the area.

Dry and cold

BBC Scotland Weather


A largely dry and cold start to the day across our region with the odd isolated shower - mostly of rain or sleet although snow on higher ground,

A few untreated roads and surfaces may be icy in places.

Through the morning and early afternoon, it's dry and bright with spells of sunshine. Highs around 3 to 5 celsius.