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  1. Updates for Monday 19 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 20 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

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Widespread frost

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry start to the evening with clear skies. This will lead to another cold night with a widespread frost.

Temperatures inland falling as low as minus 6 Celsius but close to freezing along the Solway Coast.

Later in the night, it will become cloudy and less cold over Galloway with a little rain or sleet possible towards Stranraer by Tuesday morning.

'Brutal race'

The race described by organisers as "Britain's Most Brutal" arrived in Kirk Yetholm on Friday.

The fourth running of the 268-mile "Montane Spine Race" reached an exciting climax when the lead runners arrived in within 20 minutes of each other.

Chris Strickland

Czech runner Pavel Paloncy emerged as the overall winner.

Radio reminder

Don't forget to tune in for our last two radio bulletins of the day from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios.

All the news, sport, travel and weather from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway coming up at 16:30 and 17:30.

Offensive message fine

A man who made offensive comments about Muslims in the wake of the Paris shootings

has been fined and ordered to carry out unpaid work.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, John Wilkinson admitted posting the grossly offensive messages with derogatory and abusive comments on Facebook.

The 36-year-old sawmill worker, of Johnstonebridge, was said to be angry about recent atrocities.

First team players to feature

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen's development league side have a home game against Dumbarton this evening.

Queen of the South caretaker manager James Fowler

Manager James Fowler is expected to use the occasion to give some of the first team squad - who are returning from injury - some game time.

Watch the birdies

Thousands of people across Scotland are expected to count the birds and wildlife in their gardens over the weekend of 24 and 25 January as part of the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch.


RSPB Scotland will also be holding events at Mersehead nature reserve in Dumfries and Galloway on the same weekend.

Bogus call warning

A warning has been issued to farmers in the Borders about fraudsters masquerading as police and making phone calls pleading for donations to a bogus charity.

Two farmers from the Selkirkshire area have been contacted by a caller claiming to be from Police Scotland and asking them to support a campaign fighting juvenile crime against agricultural workers.

'Voice of Rugby' remembered

British & Irish Lions

tweets: Remembering Bill McLaren today. Best wishes to his family, friends and all
@TheVoiceOfRugby from all @lionsofficial

Bill McLaren
British and Irish Lions

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Weather warning

Met Office Warnings

tweets: Yellow Warning of Snow and Ice for SW Scotland, Lothian Borders : Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders

Rugby round-up

Melrose saw off the threat from neighbours Hawick 32-8 at the weekend, securing a four-try bonus point.

A rejuvenated Gala cemented their place in the play-offs with a 21-8 victory over Edinburgh Accies at Netherdale.

In National League One Selkirk made it 15 from 15 in an edgy encounter with third-placed Stewart's Melville. Peter Wright's team emerged 8-3 winners at Philiphaugh.

There were also good wins for Jedforest, beating Aberdeen Grammar 31-26, and Kelso, who saw off Watsonians by 10-6.

Phantoms menace

The Solway Sharks went down 4-2 at the weekend as Peterborough Phantoms gained revenge in the English Challenge Cup.

Ice hockey

The visitors overturned the Sharks 5-4 victory from their first meeting.

Skating success

Solway Sharks Ladies

tweets: Congratulations Dumfries Solway Stars & Solway Eclipse synchro skatin teams are now British Champions Well done coaches/girls & all involved

Museum funds

Dumfries and Galloway's arts and museums service has received funding of almost £80,000.

Just over half the cash from Scotland's National Development Body will be used to buy and install a new computer system to store data on thousands of artefacts.

Dumfries Museum

The remaining money will be used to buy two new high-security display cases for Dumfries Museum.

Favourite trails

Rick Turner

tweets: Great weekend biking @fcscotland Mabie, Dalbeattie and my favourite trails forest of Ae, even brilliant in snow :-)

Cycling in the snow
Rick Turner

'Calming down'

Traffic Scotland

tweets: Things calming down a bit on the weather front, with no real problems on the roads. Apart from the fact it's baltic, it's quite a nice day!

Snow on the hills

Wild Seasons D&G

tweets: Snow on the Galloway Hills yesterday, from the shore near Creetown V #uksnow

Snow on hills
Valerie Harrison

Still chilly

BBC Scotland Weather


Still one or two wintry showers to come across the eastern Borders, but elsewhere dry with some sunshine in the west.

Staying cold for most with temperatures struggling to get to freezing where snow or frost persists, reaching around 3 Celsius towards coastal areas.

A mainly dry afternoon in Dumfries and Galloway too with long spells of crisp winter sunshine.

Some high cloud will start to develop along the Galloway coast by dusk.

Radio bulletins

Remember to tune in for all the latest from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway in our 12:30 radio bulletins.


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

Stranraer suffer

BBC Sport


Scottish League One leaders Stranraer were beaten as

Craig Wighton netted twice for Brechin City at Stair Park at the weekend.

The on-loan Dundee player forced a save from David Mitchell early on and opened the scoring just before the break with a right-foot shot.

Snowy slopes


Fantastic weekend at the nursery area in Leadhills, and glorious weather on Sunday. Here's a video taken on Saturday by our member and volunteer Des Reid:

Lowther Hills

We will open again tomorrow Monday between 1pm - 4.30pm.

Spiegeltent opposition dropped

An objection has been dropped to the public entertainment licence for a key venue in the Big Burns Supper festival, due to start this week.

A licensing panel was to decide whether to grant permission for the Spiegeltent site in the Loreburn Hall car park.

Top dog?

The British have a reputation for being a nation of dog lovers.


But what is the British Isles' favourite pooch? And does your postcode play a role in which puppy you pick?


analysed 10 years of microchipping data to find out.

Tactical triumph

Southern Reporter

tweets: Training ground tactics pay off for Melrose: Melrose 32 Hawick 8

Wind farm bid

Revised plans for a wind farm development in Tweedsmuir

have been submitted to the Scottish government.

wind farm
Dave Cheskin/PA

The application includes a new bridge crossing the Tweed at Carlowse.

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Weatherson wins it

BBC Sport


Peter Weatherson scored a hat-trick as

Annan Athletic triumphed against League Two strugglers East Stirlingshire on Saturday.

The 34-year-old, who went into the contest with 10 goals to his name this season, opened the scoring with a confident finish.

Still cold


tweets: Latest temperatures (10am).. Still widely cold..


Praise for fire service

Peeblesshire News

tweets: Praise for fire service following Peebles blaze

Burns on tour

"He was the lion of Scottish literature, everyone wants to meet him."

Robert Burns
Getty Images

Read about how

Robert Burns went on tour in 1787.

Reilly not Russell

Queen of the South

tweets: Falkirk Goal Was Gavin Reillys

Precious point for Queens

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Scotland

Falkirk missed out on the chance to go above Queen of the South on Saturday after

being held to a draw despite the visitors having a man sent off.

A Rory Loy penalty, after he had been fouled by Mark Durnan gave the Bairns a first-half lead.

Queens equalised in the second half.

Overturned car

BBC Scotland Travel


tweets: #Peebles #A703 N/B part blocked,by overturned car btween Peebles and Eddleston. A car is on it's side near the Cringletie House Hotel

Licence opposed

A key venue of the Big Burns Supper festival, due to start this week in Dumfries,

is facing opposition to its public entertainment licence.

Big Country
Colin Tennant

A licensing panel will decide whether to grant permission for the Spiegeltent site in the Loreburn Hall car park.

Cold but crisp

BBC Scotland Weather


It will be a very cold, frosty start to the day and there will be a risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

Then dry everywhere with plenty of crisp winter sunshine.

Staying very cold inland, temperatures in Moffat and Sanquhar not getting above freezing and only reaching 3 Celsius in Stranraer.

The eastern Borders will stay rather cloudy with further showers, gradually dying away during the day.

The showers falling as rain on the coast but sleet and snow inland. Further west it will be a dry day with the best of the sunshine towards Peebles. Winds will remain light.