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  1. Updates for Tuesday 27 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 28 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it for another busy news day for the south of Scotland. I'll be back at the helm of the live page from 9am tomorrow, when I'll bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

In the meantime, if you want to get in touch please contact us on or or tweet us @BBCSouthScot.

Rain later

BBC Scotland Weather


It will be cloudy and dry initially this evening, then persistent rain will push in from the west and it will turn heavy for a time.

The rain will clear overnight and it will become much colder with a risk of ice and scattered showers, these turning increasingly to snow on higher ground. It'll be windy, and temperatures will dip close to freezing.

Farmers' income falls

Scottish farmers saw their

income fall sharply last year as a result of poor cereal and potato prices, according to official initial estimates.

Tractor planting potato crop

Figures released by Scotland's chief statistician suggested Total Income From Farming (TIFF) suffered a drop of 18% last year.

It followed a strong 2013, when near-final estimates showed income up 29%.

Overall, agriculture was worth £823m to the Scottish economy in 2013, up from £630m in the previous year.

Young waiters

An Italian restaurant in Dumfries was put in the hands of 10 local primary school children last night.

Young waiter

The youngsters, aged 8-10, from Lochside Primary School, prepared and cooked a three course meal for 40 diners at Primo Piano.

As part of the Big Burns Supper Festival, they also did the meeting and greeting, took orders, served a table and even washed up.

Cabinet in Dumfries


The Scottish government

tweets: Watch the public discussion on Monday, January 27 where the Cabinet take questions from the floor in Dumfries #DGCab

You tube

Elmbank School's future in doubt

A school for troubled children in Dumfries has been

earmarked for closure under new plans.

Elmbank School

Dumfries and Galloway Council has proposed shutting Elmbank School which provides specialist support for children with social, emotional and behavioural problems.

It is part of a wider scheme to redevelop the school estate as part of the Dumfries Learning Town project.

At the education committee today, councillors agreed to carry out a consultation on the plans.

Local news

Don't forget to tune into your local news bulletins on BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30.


Our reporters in Dumfries and Selkirk will return to the airwaves with the latest news, sport, travel and weather tomorrow at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Copper theft

Police are appealing for information after a break-in at a building firm in Jedburgh.

A quantity of copper cabling was removed from John Laidlaw and Sons on the Bankend South industrial estate on Saturday night or Sunday morning but it was later found abandoned.

Police say anyone with information should ring 101.

Debating Dumfries


The Big Debate

tweets: This Friday we're at the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries for the Big Debate. The sun might make an appearance too.

weather forecast

Restaurant stripped of award

Dumfries restaurant Little Italy has been stripped of a prestigious award after its

owner was convicted of sexually assaulting four waitresses.

Little Italy

The Scottish Italian Awards named it best Italian restaurant last November, just days before Robert McAleese went on trial at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

Warren Paul, CEO of the awards said: "I am saddened to have to do this to such an amazing venue, but The Italian Awards cannot be seen to condone such actions."

The award has now been given to Glasgow-based Italian La Lanterna.

Register to vote


Dumfries and Galloway Council

posts on Facebook: There are 100 days until the General Election.

Reminders are being sent out to households to register for Individual Electoral Registration. Make sure you are registered to vote. You can do this online at

voter envelope
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Architect honoured

A German architect has been presented with a prestigious medal from the Edinburgh College of Art 71 years

after he was denied it during World War Two.

Anthony Wolffe with the 1944 City of Edinburgh Medal for Civic Design
David Cheskin

Anthony Wolffe, 94, was awarded the City of Edinburgh Medal for Civic Design in 1944, but then refused the honour because of his nationality.

He was given his medal on Monday at the opening of a retrospective exhibition of his student drawings in Edinburgh.

Mr Wolffe spent the majority of his career based in Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.

Get in touch



tweets: Today's view from the office. Looking up the river Teviot towards Kale mouth in the Scottish Borders.

dog next to river

Pub challenge

A family-run hotel and restaurant in Wigtownshire is hoping to win enough public votes to be named the UK's finest country pub.

Steam Packet Inn
John Wheatley

The Steam Packet Inn, which overlooks the harbour at the Isle of Whithorn, has been shortlisted in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards for the title of Rural Pub of The Year.

It's the only Scottish finalist in the category.


Traffic Scotland


tweets: Out on the network Wed&Thurs? Snow forecast so why not take an hour tonight to prepare an emergency kit #JustInCase?

Safety gear in car boot
Traffic Scotland

Work opportunities

An open day for local people to register their interest in working on Galashiels Transport Interchange will be held on Friday 6 February.

Rail interchange

Employment opportunities are available with sub-contractors already operating on the £5.2m project, while companies seeking to get involved as a sub-contractor can also come along to hear more.

The open day will be hosted at the Galashiels TI site office between 8am and 6pm.

Plan ahead


Amey SE Trunk Roads

tweets: We're anticipating a #yelllowweatheralert this Weds and Thurs with #snow and #ice likely on all our routes. Please #planahead #winterinfo

Knockengorroch addition

Mercury Award winners Young Fathers have been announced as the latest addition to the line up for this year's Knockengorroch World Ceildh.

Young fathers

The Edinburgh-based band join the likes of the Peatbog Faeries and Shooglenifty for the four-day festival which is set in the Galloway hills in May.

Memorial events


Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Schools across the Borders - commemorating #Holocaust Memorial Day. Children will learn the history of the events & importance of tolerance

Melrose line-up

The line-up has been announced for this year's Melrose Sevens.

Melrose Sevens

Glasgow Warriors return to defend their title.

And, as well as clubs from the Borders and across Scotland, international visitors include Germany, North West University from South Africa and Wasps.

Largely dry

BBC Scotland Weather


It will be largely dry across the region, with some brightness in the east. There will be some patchy drizzle over high ground in Dumfries and Galloway but it won't amount to much.

Temperatures will be around 8 Celsius, and southwesterly winds will continue to freshen.

Local news

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

Mixing desk

Break-even budget

Colin Colthart

at D&G Council's education committee

Dumfries and Galloway Council's education department is forecasting a break-even budget at the end of the financial year.

Curling raid: three reported.

Three men have been

reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with a break-in to a museum, in which Rhona Martin's Olympic gold medal was stolen.

curling medals

The Scottish curler put up a "substantial" reward for its return following the raid on Dumfries Museum in April last year.

Police Scotland said they have not yet located some of the property, including the medal won at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.

The haul was estimated to be worth a total of £34,000.

Education improvements

Colin Colthart

at D&G Council's education committee

Dumfries and Galloway education authority has delivered improvements across all 10 assessment categories, according to an Audit Scotland review.

At a meeting of the council's education committee this morning, department director Colin Grant welcomed the findings but warned against complacency.

He said the department and service committee must be relentless when it comes to delivering further improvements.

Work recognised

A Dumfries social worker - who brought together more than 200 volunteers to help create the world's biggest Burns Night celebration - has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Moira Priestley
Colin Hattersley

Moira Priestley is head volunteer of the Big Burns Supper and, since 2012, has encouraged hundreds of people to commit their time to the event.

She is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers.

Get in touch


Let us know what is happening in your area, your thoughts on any story making the news in the south of Scotland or your views of this live page service.

Email or or tweet us @BBCSouthScot.

Coastal fund

There's been a welcome to news that Stranraer is set to benefit from latest round of awards from the UK's government's Coastal Communities Fund.

Agnew Park
Billy McCrorie

Some £400,000 will go towards enhancing visitor attractions at Agnew Park, as part of the regeneration of the town's waterfront.

South of Scotland Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume said it would help boost the local economy.

No turbine review

The Scottish government says it has no plans to review guidelines on wind farms after part of a turbine was found by the side of the road near Stow.

Graeme Steel

It came from the nearby Longpark development.

It was initially thought it had fallen off but

subsequently emerged it was being stored on the ground in the area.

Borders MSP John Lamont has been told there are no plans for a rethink in guidelines, after submitting a question at Holyrood.

The Ettrick Roxburgh and Berwickshire Conservative said he was disappointed.

Cabinet thoughts


Dumfries and Galloway Standard

tweets: Were you at the Cabinet public meeting in Easterbrook Hall last night? What's your thoughts? #Dumfries #DGCab

Fatal house fire

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

Police and the fire service are investigating the cause of a fire

which claimed the life of an 89-year-old woman.

Police car

The procurator fiscal has also been informed.

End of the road

Border Telegraph

One of Selkirk's most successful tourist events is to be scrapped.

Organisers of Scott's Selkirk will meet next month

with a view to dissolving the 15-year-old enterprise.

A lack of new committee members and tougher competition is being blamed.

Scott's Selkirk committee met last Thursday to discuss the event's future.

Holocaust recalled

Candles will be lit across Scotland later

as part of events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The sign "Arbeit macht frei" at the main gate to the Auschwitz concentration camp
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January to mark the liberation of Auschwitz

The victims of the Nazis and people killed in genocides since World War Two will be remembered.

Events are taking place from Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides to Langholm in Dumfriesshire.

Travel latest

BBC Scotland Travel


On the A76 temporary lights will be used for progressive cabling works between Dumfries and Holywood.

You'll also encounter traffic controls further north at Enterkinfoot.

On the A75, there are stop-go boards in use at a couple of locations between Gretna and Annan. Traffic controls will also be in use between Springholm and Haugh of Urr.

And further west, temporary lights remain in place for work on a new vehicle check point at Glenluce and for works between Stranraer and Dunragit.

In Dumfries, temporary lights are in use on the A701 at the Duncow junction at Locharbriggs. Temporary signals also on the A77 between Cairnryan and Innermessan. No problems at the moment with Irish Sea Ferry services or local rail travel.

Patient apology

NHS Borders has apologised to patients who exceeded their treatment time guarantee (TTG)

due to a "temporary error" in its data entry system.

Borders General Hospital
Walter Baxter

The issue affected people added to waiting lists between 2 September last year and 6 January this year.

House fire death

An 89-year-old woman has been pronounced dead at the scene of

a house fire in a south of Scotland village.

The incident occurred on St John's Place in Sorbie near Newton Stewart at about 19:30 on Monday.

Mild start

BBC Scotland Weather


It's quite a mild start across the southwest, largely dry albeit cloudy, and there'll be little change throughout the day.

There may be a little patchy drizzle at times, most likely over the hills, but it won't amount to much.

Southwesterly winds will freshen through the day, and temperatures will be a degree or two above the late January average, at 8 Celsius.