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  1. Updates for Tuesday 20 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 21 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 it from the south of Scotland live feed for Tuesday. We'll be back tomorrow from 9am with the latest news, sport, travel and weather from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway. Goodbye.

Dry start

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry start to the early part of the evening in the east.

A weak band of patchy rain and sleet in the west will try to move inland, falling as snow over the high ground, but not amounting to much.

It will clear before the end of the night leaving all parts dry.

A few freezing fog patches will form during the latter part of the night.

Temperatures will fall to around freezing in the towns, and down to minus 2 Celsius in rural parts.

Bus scheme

A new scheme to improve communication between less able bus passengers and drivers has been launched in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Thistle Card enables card holders to quickly and easily advise bus drivers of any difficulties they may have.

Top 100 spot retained

Berwickshire News

Berwickshire Housing Association has been listed among the UK's

top 100 not-for-profit companies to work for the third year running.

The Sunday Times Top 100 has become one of the most eagerly awaited listings in the corporate world and Berwickshire Housing Association has made it into the list again.

Radio times

Don't miss our late news bulletins at 16:30 and 17:30 from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

We'll be back in the morning at 06:30.

Winners for Wilson

Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick was among the winners at Wetherby this afternoon.

Wetherby racecourse
Stuart Shepherd

He was aboard Stickleback, a 10/1 victor in the 14:10 race and followed it up with a 7/1 success on Rayadour later in the day.

Revised schedule

The CatStrand theatre has arranged

a revised schedule for events following major flooding.

Billy McCrorie

A range of different venues have been organised while the site remains out of commission.

Budget talks

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: Come along to Dumfries Academy tonight from 6.30pm to have your say on the budget proposals. #dgbudget

Lantern boost

Organisers of the Big Burns Supper, which gets underway in Dumfries this weekend, have received lottery funding of £10,000.

Big Burns supper
Colin Tennant

The cash will be used to deliver a series of lantern building workshops for the Burns Night Carnival Project.

Road partially blocked

BBC Scotland Travel


The A697 Coldstream to Lauder road is partially blocked northbound near Thirlstane Farm by an accident. Passable with care.

Teacher in court

The former conductor of Annan Town Band

has appeared in court on charges involving indecent photographs of children.

David Shanks, 55, is accused of taking or permitting the photographs to be taken, and to being in possession of them at his home.

Dumfries Sheriff Court

The music teacher from Annan is alleged to have committed the offences between January 2004 and February last year.

The case at Dumfries Sheriff Court was continued.

Hall of fame

Southern Reporter

Berwick Speedway Supporters' Club

inducted their third set of members to their 'Hall of Fame' at a ceremony in the Black and Gold at Shielfield on Saturday.

Four former riders - Adrian Rymel, Michal Makovsky, Carlos Villar and Mike Caroline - were all enrolled, along with club stalwart Dennis McCleary.

Three-vehicle crash

Three vehicles were involved in a collision which closed the A7 road four miles north of Galashiels for a short period this morning.


A mini-bus, a transit van and a car collided on the Bowland straight around 07:30. Police said nobody was injured.

Gritters on the go

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: The cold spell continues. Our gritters will be out at 3.30pm today and checking again first thing tomorrow #sbctravel

Six Nations squad revealed

BBC Sport


Scotland's initial Six Nations squad

has been announced by head coach Vern Cotter.

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter

Among the Borderers included are Ross Ford, Greig Laidlaw, Stuart Hogg and Geoff Cross.

Dumfries and Galloway's Alex Dunbar also features in the squad.

'Beautiful view'

Melissa Gunn

tweets: Beautiful view from my office on the Crichton campus of
@UniWestScotland this morning :) #dumfries

Melissa Gunn

School estate

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Scottish Borders Council executive members have agreed to develop a "school estate strategy" to ensure best use is made both of capital and revenue spending.

Ex-councillor's century

Peeblesshire News

tweets: Former Walkerburn councillor celebrates 100th birthday

Housing confidence

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

A local estate agency says there's growing confidence in the housing market in Dumfries and Galloway and the outlook is optimistic for this year after a successful final quarter in 2014.

CKD Galbraith says the majority of houses it sold over the last quarter were snapped up by English buyers.

Some 10% were local buyers, 85% national, including Scots from up north, and 5% were international.

'Apology' robber sentenced

An armed robber has been jailed indefinitely

after targeting the same store that earned him his previous spell in prison.

Andrew Whiteford, 31, had been free nine months when he robbed a village shop in Dumfriesshire at knifepoint.

He apologised after holding up the Co-op in Kelloholm in August.

Craft opportunity

A chance is up for grabs for two groups of young people

to be tutored intensively for 10 days by a professional craft maker.

Spring Fling

They would learn heritage craft skills, and to make at least one contemporary functional object which would be exhibited as part of Spring Fling 2015.

Mostly dry

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be mostly dry and bright across the Borders this afternoon, but cold.

Temperatures will struggle to get much above freezing for most.

It'll turn increasingly cloudy across the southwest, as a weak weather front approaches.

However, most places will stay dry during daylight hours.

Rain and sleet will reach the Galloway Coast by late afternoon, turning to patchy snow as it pushes inland.

Winds will freshen along the coast as that front pushes in.

Bulletin time

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

Radio desk

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

Fresh weather warning

Traffic Scotland

tweets: YELLOW ALERT #Snow & #Ice 5pm Tue 20th til 10am Wed 21st for #Highland #Stirling #DumfriesandGalloway #Strathclyde

Weather warnings
Met Office

Gamekeeper death findings issued

A gamekeeper died after his own rifle was accidently discharged,

a sheriff has found.

A fatal accident inquiry at Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard that Gavin Donaldson, 37, was found dead on moorland in the Borders in May 2014.

Milk price call

MPs have urged the government to do

more to protect dairy farmers from sharp falls in milk prices.

dairy farm

The Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said farmers were being forced out of business every week by factors beyond their control.

'Lack of police cover'

Border Telegraph

tweets: Watchdog told of region's 'lack of police cover' under single force

Weather warning lifted

A weather warning for snow across parts of southern Scotland has been lifted.

Weather warnings
Met Office

There are currently no Met Office warnings in place for the region.

Borders hopes

The Scotland squad for the forthcoming RBS Six Nations Championship will be announced at lunchtime today.

Ross Ford
SNS (Scotland)

Borderers likely to be in contention for places are the currently injured Glasgow full-back Stuart Hogg, Edinburgh hooker Ross Ford, and London Irish prop Geoff Cross.

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Resilience rallying call

A volunteer who helped Langlee sign up to Scottish Borders Council's Resilient Communities scheme is urging other towns in the region to join the initiative.

Resilience scheme
Scottish Borders Council

Retired civil servant Mike Lomas has been assisting SBC with introducing the scheme, which aims to enable volunteers in communities to be organised and respond to emergency situations such as severe weather, fire, power failure and other major incidents.

'School strategy'

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Borders councillors are meeting to discuss the development of a "school estate strategy".

They will also agree principles regarding future investment in buildings which deliver services to children and young people.

Town centre patrols

Nithsdale Police

tweets: Dumfries Town Centre Officers will be out and about today carrying out high visibility patrols targeting shoplifters #keepingpeoplesafe

CCTV bid

Four new CCTV cameras could be installed in Hawick

under plans to be considered by councillors.

CCTV camera

Members of Teviot and Liddlesdale Area Forum will be asked to spend almost £11,000 on cameras for the High Street, North Bridge Street, Howegate and Drumlanrig Square.

Tricky conditions

Nithsdale Police

tweets: Low temperatures forecast for today. Expect tricky road conditions and drive accordingly. #keepingpeoplesafe

Hospital funding

The issue of patients stuck waiting to be discharged from hospital is to be

tackled with £100m of funding from the Scottish government.

hospital corridor

The money, invested over three years, will be used to help health boards and councils provide support packages for people in their own homes.

No delays

Traffic Scotland

tweets: Vehicles have now been recovered following earlier RTC on #A7 just North of #Galashiels. No reported delays #BeCareful #StaySafe

Child care costs highlighted

Five children supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council cost the local authority around £1m a year,

a new report has revealed.

Child on a swing

They are among about 20 youngsters in residential schools and secure units which are paid for by the council, at a total cost of £3m a year.

The details emerged as its social work service outlined plans to cut £2.9m from its budget.

Bright but cold

BBC Scotland Weather


A cold, frosty start, with temperatures widely below freezing and a risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

It'll be a mostly dry, bright day, but cold.

Thickening cloud across the west of Dumfries and Galloway heralds the arrival of a weak weather front - rain and sleet will reach the Galloway Coast this afternoon, turning to patchy snow as it pushes inland.

Temperatures will struggle to get much above freezing for most.

A7 cleared

BBC Scotland Travel


The A7 has been cleared after an accident, near B710 (Bowland Straight). Just north of Galashiels.