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  1. Updates for Thursday 22 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 23 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for another busy news day across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from across the south of Scotland tomorrow from 09:00.

Brush up on Burns

Want to brush up on the Bard ahead of Burns Night? Head to the

dedicated section of the BBC website to browse some of the poet's most popular works.

Burns Night

You can also listen to poems read by celebrities including John Gordon Sinclair, the Prince of Wales, and the former First Minister Alex Salmond.

It was compiled in 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth.

Bus crash driver sentenced

Angie Brown

BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

A driver who admitted causing the death of a pensioner when his car struck a bus in East Lothian

has been given 200 hours community service.

Colin Snell
Ciaran Donnelly

Colin Snell, 69, of Cockburnspath in the Borders, failed to stop at a give way sign at junction on the A1087 road near Dunbar, East Lothian, on 18 September 2013.

He was also banned from driving for three years at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

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Dry and mild

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry evening and start to the night although turning breezy as a weather front arrives bringing thicker cloud and a moderate to fresh south westerly wind.

It will be quite chilly in the Borders before the thicker cloud arrives, with temperatures down close to freezing.

Temperatures will be milder than the last few nights in the west. There will be lows of around 3 or 4 Celsius in town, but it will be milder on the coast for Stranraer and Portpatrick.

Bulletin time

Remember to tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 today for our radio news bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries.

More to come at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow morning.

Stranraer house-breaking

Police in Stranraer are appealing for help in tracing a man who entered a house at about 01:15 this morning.

Police officers

He made off after he was disturbed by the householder but it is unclear whether anything was stolen.

The suspect is described as 5ft 6in, of medium build, clean shaven and aged in his 20s. He was wearing a black jumper with a red and blue triangle or diamond on the chest, and black trousers.

Police are carrying out door-to-door enquiries and viewing CCTV.

Reader's Delight

Staff at a Wigtown bookshop have become an internet hit after

performing their own version of The Sugarhill Gang's 1979 hit Rapper's Delight.

Reader's Delight
The Book Shop

The film sees the Bookshop Gang performing 'Reader's Delight' amongst shelves of books.

Wigtown is recognised as Scotland's national book town and it hosts a book festival every year.

Big Debate

Gordon Brewer will be hosting BBC Radio Scotland's Big Debate programme from the Robert Burns Centre on Friday 30 January.

Gordon Brewer

To join the discussion on the big issues of the week, you can apply for a ticket by emailing

Spring Fling boost

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

The Spring Fling festival has received funding of nearly £25,000 from EventScotland.

Spring Fling
Spring Fling
Rural murals were a popular element of last year's Spring Fling.

The award is part of the Beacon programme which was set up to support uniquely Scottish events which generate tourism benefits.


Amey SE Trunk Roads

tweets: Our Gritters are out from 2pm this afternoon providing 20g treatment. Patrols running overnight till 10am tomorrow morning. #winterinfo

Queens Under 20s

Queen of the South's under 20 player Lyndon Dykes has left Palmerston for Australia.

The youngster, who holds British and Australian nationality, moved to the UK at the start of the season to advance his football career. He failed to settle and has returned home.

Meanwhile Dominc Slattery, another member of the under 20 squad, has joined Heston Rovers on a development loan.

It means he will remain eligible to turn out for Queens in the Development League.

Social work cuts

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Plans to cut social work spending by £7.5m over the next three years are going before councillors this afternoon.

They are part of council-wide budget proposals tabled by the ruling Labour administration on the Dumfries and Galloway authority.

Councillor Willie Scobie has raised concerns on the impact of proposed social work care package cuts on service users in Dumfries and Galloway.

Chairman Jim Dempster said the service would remain "focused on the individual" rather than making savings.

Queens move

Queen of the South midfielder Kevin Dzierzawski has joined Peterhead on loan for the rest of the season.

Kevin Dzierzawski

A spokesman said: "Kevin will continue to train with the Queens squad, but he needs to be playing more often than we can guarantee and we wish him well at Balmoor."


Northumbria Police

tweets: Police searching for missing woman Sophie Dalrymple, 20, in Sunderland have found her safe and well. The public are thanked for their help.

Gretna woman missing

Police in Sunderland are appealing for help in tracing a Gretna woman missing in Sunderland.

Sophie Dalrymple
Nothumbria Police

Sophie Dalrymple, 20, who is studying at Sunderland University, was in the city with friends last night.

She left them at around midnight and she has not been seen since.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "Police are becoming concerned for her welfare and are carrying out enquiries to try and locate her."

Housing opposition

Revised plans for a social housing development in Dumfries are being recommended for refusal.

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership has earmarked a site at Lochfield Road - but council officials say the scheme would have an "overbearing impact" on surrounding properties

Lucky escape

A motorist in Dumfries escaped injury after his

car was hit by an object thrown from a bridge.

Cuckoo Bridge
Andy Farrington

The windscreen of the blue Mazda 2 shattered after it was struck as it travelled under Cuckoo Bridge on the A75.

The driver managed to park the car safely following the incident at about 21:30 on Wednesday.

A passing motorist who stopped to help said he had seen a wooden object strike the car.

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Dumfries Taxi Stewards

A survey has been launched to gauge opinion on the use of taxi stewards in Dumfries.

Loreburn Street taxi rank
Stewards patrolled the main taxi rank in Dumfries over Christmas and New Year.

The marshals were in place at the town's main taxi ranks at weekends over the festive period.

They had a direct radio link to the police and it was hoped they would maintain order and minimise anti-social behaviour.

A survey on the trial project is available until 2 February


Body recovered

The body of a 47-year-old woman has been

recovered from the River Teviot in Kelso.

Police said the discovery is not being treated as suspicious.

The body was recovered on Tuesday afternoon by members of the Borders Water Rescue Team.

Edgar targets victory

Hawick jockey Kieron Edgar is at Warwick this afternoon.

Warwick racecourse
David Stowell

He hopes to guide 33/1 shot Upham Atom to victory in the 14:50 race.

Wind farm inquiry

A date has been set for a

public inquiry into a proposed 18-turbine wind farm near Eddleston in the Borders.

Getty Images

Scottish Borders Council agreed to formally object to the plans by Cloich Wind Farm LLP last year.

A public inquiry has now been scheduled to start on 26 May at the Peebles Hydro Hotel.

A dry afternoon

BBC Scotland Weather


In the east it will be a dry afternoon although staying mainly cloudy. It will be cold too with temperatures struggling to get to freezing where snow or frost persists, reaching around 3 or 4 Celsius towards coastal areas.

It will be a little brighter in Dumfries and Galloway, where it will also remain dry. Temperatures inland will struggle up to 2 or 3 Celsius at best, so frost will linger in places.

It will be closer to 4 or 5 Celsius along the Galloway coast where southerly winds will freshen.

Local bulletin

Tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 12:30 for the latest news, sport, travel and weather broadcast from our studios in Dumfries and Selkirk.


Farm fire latest

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

Investigations are ongoing into two farm fires which broke out in the Borders overnight.

Farm fire

Smoke is still swirling through the air at the site of one at Longnewton near St Boswells.

Child death inquest

An inquest into the death of a three-year-old Borders girl in a hotel pool in Lancashire will take place this summer.

Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade in St Annes, Lancashire

Jane Bell from Galashiels died after getting into difficulties at the Dalmeny Hotel in Lytham St Annes last August.

Her mother, Sarah, was arrested on suspicion of murder and neglect but prosecutors decided in December that no criminal proceedings would be taken against her.

Blackpool coroner Alan Wilson said a pre-inquest review will be held on April 8 before an inquest in June.


Eden Festival

tweets: One night to go till the @BigBurnsSupper Eden Festival opening party in Dumfries. See you tomorrow happy people :) xx

Peebles 'considered' for tapestry

Peeblesshire News

Peebles was under consideration as a site for the Great Tapestry of Scotland,

it has been revealed.

great tapestry of Scotland
Alex Hewitt

Farm fires

Police are investigating after two overnight fires at farms in the Scottish Borders.

Fire engine

Crews at Galashiels and Lauder were called out just after midnight to a hay barn blaze near Earlston.

Soon after, another hay barn fire was reported at Longnewton near St Boswells.

School meals price increase?

The price of school meals

could increase and teaching posts could be lost, under cost-cutting plans by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

School meals
Chris Radburn/PA

The local authority's education department has earmarked more than £3.5m worth of cuts to spending in schools.

They include increasing the price of each school meal by 10p.

A report also outlines plans to cut 29 full-time equivalent teaching positions.

Cauldie comfort

A controversial play park scheme in Earlston has been awarded £250,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The total cost of the project at the Cauldie is around £310,000, with the remaining funding expected to come from a variety of other sources.

The project, which attracted strong opposition as well as support, was given planning permission in December 2013.

But there were ownership issues with the ground, which was found not to belong to Scottish Borders Council.

The Galloway Dee

A Scottish landscape used in an iconic British Railways poster

has been donated to a Galloway museum.

The Galloway Dee

The Galloway Dee was one of a series of paintings of the region by Charles Oppenheimer while he lived in Kirkcudbright.

It became symbolic of south-west Scotland when it featured in the cult advertisements during the 1950s.

Now the original watercolour has been donated to Kirkcudbright's Stewartry Museum.

The Galloway News

The Galloway News is out today and it leads on a story about the safety of children at a new school in Dalbeattie.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Earlston thefts

Police in the Borders are investigating thefts from four cars in Earlston.


Two cars were broken into on the High Street, one in Thornbank and another in Haughhead Avenue on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

A large number of electrical tools were stolen from one vehicle.

Police are keen to trace a red vehicle which was seen in the local area last night, which may be connected to the thefts.

The Southern Reporter

The Southern Reporter is out today and it leads with a story about a cash windfall for a Borders play park.

The Southern Reporter
The Southern Reporter

Travel news

Traffic Scotland has warned drivers about low temperatures and the risk of ice across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders. They have advised motorists to drive with care.

Temporary traffic lights are in use on the A76 between Sanquhar and Kirkconnel, and also at Enterkinfoot.

Traffic controls are also being used on the A75 at Glenluce for work on the new vehicle check point.

There is on-going road works between Stranraer and Dunragit.

A cold start

BBC Scotland Weather


A cold start with a risk of ice on untreated surfaces. There may well be the odd freezing fog patch around which could be slow to clear.

It will be cloudy at times with some brightness. Temperatures will reach about 3 Celsius, a degree or so higher along the Galloway and Berwickshire coasts. Southerly winds will be light.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning and welcome to another South of Scotland Live page. We'll be here until 5pm with the latest news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

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