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  1. Updates for Monday 26 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 27 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for a busy day with the Scottish cabinet in town in Dumfries.

Join us again tomorrow from 9am for more news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Curling triumph


Galloway Gazette

tweets: Congratulations to Stoneykirk curler Naomi Brown after her rink won the Scottish Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen yesterday.

Chilly end to the day

BBC Scotland Weather


A chilly end to the day, with the fresh west or northwesterly winds continuing to bring the odd isolated shower in from the west; these mainly affecting Galloway, and perhaps wintry over the hills.

Otherwise it'll be dry with some clear spells this evening.

An early dip in temperatures, but then cloud will steadily increase overnight, and it'll become milder, with some light rain filtering in through the early hours.

Temperatures by the early hours of around 3 Celsius.

Oxygen treatment

A soldier who suffered devastating injuries in Afghanistan

has started oxygen treatment to help his speech and memory.

Ben Parkinson in an oxygen chamber

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, 30, from Doncaster, was left brain damaged and lost both his legs after a bomb attack in 2006.

He is undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment at Castle Craig Hospital in Peeblesshire.

Game in good health

Phil Goodlad

BBC Scotland

Scottish Rugby is in a better shape at all levels than it was when Mark Dodson became chief executive in 2011,

according to the man himself.

Scotland against New Zealand

Dodson pointed out that the national body's debt, which once stood at around £25m, is now down to "£9m-10m".

Radio bulletins

Remember to tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for our last radio bulletins of the day.

More to come from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Milk price action call

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead is to call for action at a European level to help dairy farmers

who have been hit by falling milk prices.


Mr Lochhead will discuss the issue at a meeting of the Council of Ministers in Brussels.

Case deserted

The case against an 81-year-old woman accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist by driving carelessly

has been deserted.

Dumfries Sheriff Court

Roberta Kirk, of Thornhill, had previously denied the charge at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

Her car hit a motorbike driven by Michael Blair, 41, of Auchinleck, on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road near Drumlanrig Castle in July 2013.

He later died of his injuries in the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

Sedgefield success

Langholm trainer James Ewart enjoyed success at Sedgefield at the weekend winning the showpiece race on Sunday with his veteran chaser Sa Suffit - a 12/1 winner.

James Ewart Racing

There was also success for Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick at the meeting aboard Sir Mangan.

Galashiels rail works

A temporary one-way system in Galashiels town centre to allow for the safe construction of a new railway station has ended.

laying the track
Borders Railway

The traffic arrangements were needed to allow the railway track formation to be installed, a new retaining wall to be built and the station platform to be installed.

New theatre opened

Humza Yousaf, the Scottish government's minister for external affairs, and Dumfries Provost Ted Thompson officially opened the newest performance space in Dumfries last night.

Humza Yousaf and Ted Thompson open theatre space

Studio 1 will be used initially as a venue for shows and events during the Big Burns Supper festival.

The space in the centre of Dumfries will then be made available to the community as a legacy of the event.

Before the official opening, Mr Yousaf and Mr Thompson led the carnival procession through the town.

Flood barrier

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

A life-size model of an embankment planned to protect part of Dumfries from flooding

has gone on display.

Flood barrier

The five-metre mound has been built at the Whitesands, which is regularly inundated by the River Nith.

Crew conquers


Peeblesshire News

tweets: Carnethy crew conquer the Burns

Successful campaign


Galloway News

tweets: A Stewartry campaign to gather clothes for people in Iraq has had huge success.

Scottish cabinet visit

The Scottish cabinet is in Dumfries today and has been visiting a number of locations in the area.

Scottish cabinet

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil were taken a tour of a below market rent house development in the town.

Dumfries and Galloway rugby

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

It was a good weekend for Dumfries Saints and Annan who both picked up valuable wins in their respective leagues.

Dumfries remain second, one point behind National League Division three leaders Lasswade, following their 24-7 win over Perthshire at Park Farm.

In the regional leagues, Annan remain in the West One danger zone but picked up a surprising and much needed 29-12 victory over fourth placed Allan Glens.

In the same division, Newton Stewart dropped one place to sixth as they swapped places with hosts Helensburgh, who moved up following their 37-20 win.

It was a tighter game in West 3, where Wigtownshire picked up a bonus point, but lost out 18-17 at home to Cumnock who moved into second spot.

Russell Brown MP


Russell Brown MP

tweets: Visit to the Jane Haining memorial in Dunscore with Dfs Academy pupils @louise_ailsa and @frazer_mclean #MemoryMakers

Russell Brown
Russell Brown MP

Borders rugby round-up

All three BT Premiership Borders rugby sides were away from home at the weekend - and all three recorded wins.

Rugby ball

For Melrose it was the challenge of runaway league leaders Heriots at Goldenacre, and they triumphed 14-12.

At Meggetland, Gala edged out Boroughmuir 5-3 while Hawick beat hosts Stirling 22-15 to hoist themselves to fifth place.

It was not so good for Kelso in the National League though, suffering a 47-15 defeat from Stewarts/Melville.

Selkirk and Jed-forest saw their away games called off, but Peebles recorded a handy 35-22 win over guests Marr.

Bus crash driver avoids jail

Berwickshire News

A Cockburnspath man whose careless driving caused the death of an elderly ex-serviceman in a traffic accident

has avoided prison.

Colin Snell,69, failed to stop at a give way sign at a junction on the A1087 road near Dunbar on September 18, 2013.

Hearing loss impact

Nine of Scotland's 14 health boards

have said they are facing increased demand from people with hearing loss.


Five NHS boards said that there was an increase in waiting times in the past two years as a result.

Among the audiology services which replied saying that increased demand had impacted on their service in the past two years was NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

Isolated showers

BBC Scotland Weather


A chilly but bright afternoon to come, with some good spells of sunshine.

Fresh west or northwesterly winds may bring an isolated shower in from the west.

Bulletin time

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

Radio desk

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

Award winner


Border Telegraph

tweets: Weir's way to speaker's award

Get involved


Graham Keir tweeted us his pictures of the Big Burns Supper carnival on Sunday night.

Big Burns Supper
Graham Keir

If you were at the event, why not tweet us your images from the occasion?

Radio move

TD1 Radio, the community radio station based in Galashiels, could be available on FM in and around the town by the end of March.

Established in December 2008, the non-profit making company has been broadcasting on-line, but was granted a full FM licence some time ago.

Youth appointment

Councillors in the Borders have agreed, in principle, to pupils being represented on meetings of the executive committee which oversees education.

Scottish Borders Council
Richard Webb

The move was unopposed at a meeting of the executive, although how the young people should be appointed has still to be determined.

Registration scheme


Scottish Borders Council

tweets: 100 days until #GE2015. The registration system changed recently. Check if you are registered under the new system -

Youth leader honoured

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A youth leader could be honoured in his home town of Dumfries,

more than 40 years after he died.

John "Stoney" Smith ran clubs for young people from the 1940s until his death in 1973.

Stoney Smith
Fr Andrew Crosbie

Hundreds of girls and boys went to the Bordereaux Health and Strength clubs to learn gymnastics, athletics and boxing.

Now plans are under way to put up a plaque in memory of the legendary local figure.

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Stranraer's lead cut

BBC Sport


Stranraer's lead over Forfar Athletic at the top of Scottish League One

was cut to just one point at the weekend following a draw with Airdrieonians.

Jon McShane headed the visitors ahead with just three minutes of regulation time remaining.

However, James Lister nodded in to level the game in the second-last minute.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

tweets: FM
@NicolaSturgeon picking songs on
@WestSoundFM Breakfast with Tommy Jardine. #DJFM #DGCab

First Minister
Scottish Government

Annan regain play-off spot

BBC Sport


Annan Athletic beat Berwick Rangers on Saturday

and replaced them in Scottish League Two's top four.

Stuart McColm converted David Hopkirk's cross to give Annan the lead and Josh Todd slotted in their second.

Town routes closed

Motorists in two Borders towns

are facing route diversions for the next few weeks.

Road closed sign

Closures and diversions will be in place in Peebles and Galashiels to allow for water and gas works.

Queens drop down

BBC Sport


Dylan McGeouch and Scott Robertson were on target as

Hibernian secured victory at Queen of the South at the weekend.

Hibernian players celebrating

Results elsewhere also went against the Doonhamers as Falkirk beat Hearts to leapfrog the Dumfries side into the last play-off spot.

Cabinet in Dumfries

The Scottish cabinet is meeting in Dumfries

as it takes its proceedings around the country.

Scottish cabinet 2014
Scottish government

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says it is to give ministers an insight into the issues affecting local areas and to let the public question them.

Travel news

Traffic controls remain in place on the A75 at Glenluce. And there are on-going roadworks between Stranraer and Dunragit.

Temporary lights also in use on the A76 at Enterkinfoot and on the A77 between Cairnryan and Innermessan.

No problems at the moment with Irish Sea Ferry services or local rail travel.

Brighter day

BBC Scotland Weather


A much brighter but colder day to come across the south, with some sunshine.

Fresh west or northwesterly winds will bring scattered showers in from the west, these mainly affecting Galloway, and turning wintry over the hills.

Showers are most likely during the morning; the afternoon will be mainly dry and bright. It'll be noticeably colder than yesterday, at 5 to 7 Celsius.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome to another day of live news from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Stay with us until 17:00 for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from the area.