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  1. Updates for Friday 23 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 26 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 from the South of Scotland Live page for another week. We'll be back at 9am on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

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Risk of ice

BBC Scotland Weather


A largely dry and cloudy evening with a few showers being brought in on a strengthening north westerly wind.

A cold night with lows around freezing and a widespread risk of ice.

A Met Office Yellow 'be aware' warning is in force for ice, until 10am tomorrow.

Farm builders fined

An agricultural building company

has been fined £50,000 after a worker suffered severe injuries when he fell through a fragile roof at a farm in the Borders.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court

Neil Knox has been confined to a wheelchair since the accident at Tollishill Farm near Oxton in March 2013, when he suffered a fractured spine, broken ribs, and a punctured lung.

At Jedburgh Sheriff Court today David Miller Contracts Ltd, from Gifford, East Lothian, admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

But as the firm has since gone into liquidation the fine will not be collectable and the directors not liable.

RCAHMS Photography


A group of photographers who capture Scotland's buildings, archaeology and industry

tweet: #thenandnow The Bard's House 1920 & 2007 bit of a facelift !#RobertBurnsDay #Burns #Dumfries #BurnsNight

Burns house

Ministers in Langholm

The Scottish Affairs Committee will meet in Langholm on Monday to hear evidence about issues facing business and residents in the border region.

Local MP David Mundell and Dumfries and Galloway councillor Archie Dryburgh will be among those giving evidence at the Buccleuch Centre.

The Our Borderlands - Our Future committee held informal seminars in Galashiels, Peebles and Dumfries last summer to identify the key issues facing businesses, communities and individuals in the south of Scotland.

Tune in

Don't forget to tune in to BBC Radio Scotland for the very latest local news, sport, weather and travel.


The next bulletins will be broadcast from Dumfries and Selkirk at 16:30 and 17:30.

Burns Night carnival

Here's a sneak preview of the puppets that will be parading through the streets of Dumfries on Sunday as part of the Burns Night street carnival.


The huge scarecrows will parade alongside giant fish and 2,015 lanterns during the spectacular event which is expected to be one of the highlights of the Big Burns Supper festival.

This year the carnival is taking Scotland's Year of Food and Drink and UNESCO's 2015 Year of Light as its themes.

Artistic director Graham Main said: "We are really looking forward to the event and welcoming people from all over Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland and beyond to be part of a magical occasion."


tweets: @BBCSouthScot interviewing our students.

Richard Gordon interviews student
Borders College


Scottish Borders Council

tweets: It's slightly warmer but our gritters are still going out later today at 5pm and will monitor for tomorrow morning first thing #sbctravel

PM visits Borders factory

David Cameron has outlined his government's efforts to ensure all parts of the UK benefit from economic growth,

during a visit to the Borders.

David Cameron
David Cameron
David Cameron posted a tweet showing his visit to Hawick Knitwear on Thursday

The prime minister was at Hawick Knitwear on Thursday.

He said there were a number of ways the UK government could "help and support" businesses in the region.

He said an apprenticeship programme had made a "big difference" and that investment in high speed rail would "benefit all parts of the UK".

Cabinet meeting

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will hold her weekly cabinet in Dumfries on Monday, as part of a new drive to take the meetings outside Edinburgh.


The meeting will be held at Easterbrook Hall and it will be followed by a discussion where the public are invited to quiz ministers and to give their views.

Ms Sturgeon said: "The government I lead intends to be open, listening, and available in a way we have not seen before - the most open and accessible government that Scotland has had."

If you want to be part of the discussion event, you can register


Scots in schools

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

With Burns Night approaching, it's the time of year when the Scots language is celebrated across the world.

Oor Wullie
DC Thomson & Co 2014

But could more use be made of it in schools? Every year youngsters at Burgh Primary in Galashiels spend a few weeks studying the language.

Deputy head Martin Scot said: "Scots language has real value within all aspects of the curriculum, and can help in history, music and language and literature."

A scheme's been launched by Education Scotland to raise the status of the language, with ambassadors in place to visit schools, and co-ordinators to bring Scots language into the classroom.

Robbery appeal

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following a break-in and robbery from a property in the Lamancha area.

The incident happened sometime between 8:45am and 6:45pm on Wednesday.

Various household and personal items were taken, including a blue Dell laptop and a bright green rucksack.

An estimated four-figure sum of cash was also taken, which included foreign currency.

College success

Borders College has the most successful students in the country, according to new figures.

College students
Borders College

Research by the Scottish Funding Council found that in 2013/14, almost three-quarters of full-time further education students who completed their studies achieved their qualification.

That is the highest success rate of any college in the country and 8% above the national average.

Principal Liz McIntyre said: "Borders College is delighted to be able to celebrate once again the success of our students."

Burns during WW1

Gillian Sharpe

BBC Scotland

Robert Burns may have been long dead before the guns of World War One began firing but

his poems and songs were used in ways that he could not have imagined.

Burns poster

Scots Wha Hae, written by Burns in 1793, takes the form of a speech given by Robert the Bruce before the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

It implores Scots to fight for victory against the forces of England's King Edward II.

However, more than 100 years after Burns wrote it, Scots Wha Hae, with its martial sentiments, was being used as part of the recruiting effort for the British Army and it was included in anthologies of patriotic poetry.

Vital game

Berwickshire News

Berwick Rangers face what is likely to be a vital game

when they travel to take on Annan this weekend.

Colin Cameron's side go to Galabank with the teams level on points in the race for the play-offs, and both sides will be looking for a victory, or at the very least, avoid defeat.

Haggis hunt

Southern Reporter

History will once again be made in the Royal and Ancient Burgh when the Town Arms' Great Selkirk Haggis Hunt

takes place on the National Bard's birthday.

Never before has this illustrious outing to The Hill been staged on January 25 - the date on which, in 1759, the shining star that was Robert Burns was born.

Positive response

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Stranraer boss Stephen Aitken is looking for a positive reaction from his players, when they travel to Airdrie tomorrow.

Stranraer manager Stephen Aitken

The League One leaders, saw their lead at the top of the table cut to three points last week after losing at home to in form Brechin City.

Yellow warning

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for ice in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

weather map
Met Office

Forecasters have warned that following a number of scattered showers, temperatures will fall quickly this evening, causing ice to develop on untreated surfaces.

Play-off showdown

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Annan Athletic have the chance to move back into the League Two play-off places tomorrow.

Annan Athletic's Galabank stadium

They host fellow challengers Berwick Rangers at Galabank.

Mill demolition

Work is to start on the demolition of one of the oldest mills in the Borders.

Caerlee Mill
jim barton

Planning permission in principle has been granted to developers CWP to regenerate the Caerlee Mill site in Innerleithen.

Social work assurances

Assurances have been given that proposals which could cut £7.5m from social work spending in Dumfries and Galloway

will not harm service users.

Council HQ

Councillors questioned the impact on staff, care packages and children requiring residential placements.

Social work chairman Jim Dempster said individuals and not savings would remain the focus of services.

Outbreaks of rain

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy start with outbreaks of rain but this will gradually clear away and, in the Borders, there will be some late brightness.

There will be a fresh southerly rain and temperatures will reach highs of 8 Celsius.

News bulletins

Tune into BBC Radio Scotland at noon for the latest international, national, and local news broadcast from our studios in Selkirk and Dumfries.

mixing desk

Queens captain confident

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

In the Championship, the game of the day is at Palmerston tomorrow, when third placed Hibernian visit fourth placed Queen of the South.

Chris Higgins of Queen of the South

With the visitors hitting form, Queens captain, Chris Higgins, knows it'll be tough, but believes they can hold their own.

"We've done well against Hibs this season - four points from them but they are on a good run," he said.

"They're a good side, to be honest, but our home form is good and we'll be going into it with every bit of confidence."

Lockerbie case returns to court

A High Court judge is to be asked if members of the families of some of the victims of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing

can launch an appeal on behalf of the only man convicted of the atrocity.


It is the latest attempt by the relatives to bring the case back to court.

BBC Scotland Home Affairs Correspondent Reevel Alderson said it could be the start of a protracted legal battle.

Rugby round-up

With three weeks left of the BT Premiership, all three Borders sides are away from home.

Both Melrose and Gala remain in the play-off group, but for Melrose it's the clear leaders Heriots who are their hosts tomorrow at Goldenacre.

Hawick fell to Melrose last week, but they will hope to get back on the winning trail with a visit to Bridgehaugh to play Stirling. For Gala it's a trip up to Boroughmuir.

In the BT National League only Peebles remain at home - taking on Marr at the Gytes. Selkirk should continue their unbeaten run when they visit Aberdeen, Kelso go to Stewarts/Melville and Jed-Forest head to GHA.

Front page

The Galloway Gazette

Today's Galloway Gazette leads with a story about the region's beleaguered dairy industry.

Galloway Gazette
Galloway Gazette

David Cameron, Prime Minster


Prmie Minister David Cameron

tweets: At @HawickKnitwear - a thriving British business providing jobs and the security of a regular income for 250 people.

David Cameron

Safety claims

Border Telegraph

tweets: No safety issue claims Borders wind farm firm

Front page

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Two very different court cases on the front page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard today.

Front page
Dumfries Standard

Bill debated

Borders MP Michael Moore's bill to enshrine UK aid at the UN target of 0.7% of National Income in law will be debated by the House of Lords today.

Michael Moore

Lord Purvis of Tweed, a former Borders MSP, is piloting the bill through the Lords and will be leading the debate of the bill at its Second Reading.

The bill would make it a legal requirement for the UK government to spend the UN target of 0.7% of Gross National Income on international aid every year.

Front page

Peeblesshire News

The Peeblesshire News is out today with a front page story about the closure of Peebles Sheriff Court.

Peeblesshire News

School closed

Lochside Primary in Dumfries has been

closed due to a heating failure.

It is expected to reopen to pupils on Monday morning.

Good to go

The fourth edition of the Big Burns Supper festival

is under way in Dumfries with an extended schedule.

Burns supper acts

The programme of music, theatre and comedy now runs for nine days until 31 January.

Travel latest

Three-way lights are in use from 9 this morning on the A701 at the Duncow turn-off at Locharbriggs in Dumfries.

Traffic controls also remain in place on the A76 between Sanquhar and Kirconnel and also at Enterkinfoot.

No problems to report with Irish Sea ferry services or local rail services.

Cloud increasing

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry frost free, ice free start to the day with a little brightness in the east.

Cloud will increase with some patchy rain arriving later this morning, although clearing quite quickly.

Breezy with a fresh southerly wind.

Less cold today with highs of around 7 Celsius.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome to Friday's news, sport, travel and weather from across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Stick with us until 5pm for all the latest from around our region.