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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 28 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 29 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 today, watch out for the wintry blast of weather which has been forecast.

If you wake up to a snowy scene in your part of Dumfries and Galloway or the Scottish Borders, send your pictures to dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

Wind farm plans dropped

Plans for a controversial wind farm in Wigtownshire have been dropped.

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other

EDF Energy Renewables has confirmed that they won't be pursuing an 18 turbine development at Airriequhillart between Port William and Wigtown.

More than 1,000 people signed a petition opposing the plans, as part of a three-year campaign mounted by local residents.

Cup ticket costs confirmed

Queen of the South have confirmed ticket prices for the upcoming Scottish Cup tie at Palmerston with St Johnstone.

It will cost fans £16 for adults, £9 for concessions and £5 for U16s.

Blizzard conditions

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Blizzard conditions at the moment on the A75 between Dumfries and Castle Douglas.

'Audacious' theft

A three-figure sum of cash was stolen from a Galashiels home, while the homeowners slept.

Police officers
BBC

Police said a number of personal items were also taken from the property at Lawyers Brae early on Monday morning.

Insp Tony Hodges said: "This is a particularly audacious crime carried out while the homeowners were asleep."

Housing plan withdrawn

Plans for a social housing development in Dumfries have been withdrawn before they could be discussed by councillors.

Dumfries and Galloway Council officials had recommended the bid for eight houses and 12 flats at Lochfield Road should be refused.

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership withdrew the plans before they were due to be debated.

Galashiels break-in

Police are appealing for witnesses after a break-in at a Galashiels hairdressers early yesterday morning.

Police
BBC

A number of items were taken during the incident at LA Beauty on Elm Row, at about 1.40am.

The suspect was wearing a puffa jacket and was last seen heading towards the town centre.

Insp Tony Hodges asked anyone with information to contact Police Scotland or Crimestoppers.

Snow on the way

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Snow showers are likely across the region this evening and overnight but they will be especially heavy in Dumfries and Galloway. This could lead to difficult conditions on the roads and possible disruption to travel.

A Met Office amber "be prepared" warning is in force until 11am tomorrow.

Overnight there will be a few clear intervals, although snow showers will continue, merging into longer spells of snow at times. A widespread frost with icy patches. Lows of -1 Celsius in town. Sub-zero in the countryside.

Local news

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland for the very latest on the weather and travel situation in the south of Scotland, as well as the news and sport. The local bulletins will be broadcast from Dumfries and Selkirk at 16:30 and 17:30.

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They will back on the airwaves at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow.

Gritters are out

@SETrunkRoads

Amey SE Trunk Roads

tweets: In the South-East we have 17 Frontline gritters, 12 Patrol vehicles, plus 2 JCB fastracs and 4 tractors on duty. More on standby #winterinfo

Jurassic closure

An independent music store in Dumfries, which was set up following the closure of HMV, is to close.

vinyl record
AP

Jurassic Hard Copy Music and Film was set up by Tony Mitchell and Craig Thomas in 2013.

In a

statement on their Facebook page, they blamed trading conditions for their decision to cease trading on Saturday.

They said: "It has been a hard fought venture in a already struggling high street on the tail end of a recession."

Reaping the Reward

In racing Hawick jockey Craig Nichol looks set to be reunited with recent Musselburgh winner Reaping the Reward in Sunday's Future Champions' Novices Chase at the East Lothian track.

The first race at Musselburgh is scheduled for 1pm.

'Not-spots'

MP Michael Moore is holding a

series of meetings with mobile phone firms to improve signal reach and quality in the Scottish Borders.

Mobile phone
BBC

Officials from Scottish Borders Council and the Scottish Futures Trust will also be in attendance.

Mr Moore, who represents Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, will meet Vodafone, O2, EE, Three, Arqiva, Airwave and Ofcom in Westminster.

He wants them to tackle so-called "not spots" in the south east of Scotland.

Snowfall science

Want to know the science behind the snowfall? Kawser Quamer explains what's going on

here.

weather video
BBC

Borders budget plans

The administration of

Scottish Borders Council has outlined draft budget proposals which will see council tax frozen for the eighth successive year.

SBC
Oliver Dixon

The £252m programme feeds into its five-year revenue and 10-year capital spending plans.

It includes replacements for Langlee Primary and Broomlands Primary in Kelso and an overhaul of Galashiels schools.

However, 55 jobs will also be lost. The council says there will be no compulsory redundancies.

Border gritters

@scotborders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Our gritters will be out from 3.30pm today on priority routes, then secondary routes. Take extra care if you're out and about #sbctravel

Planning appeal

A Berwickshire farmer has taken his bid to build an anaerobic digestion plant to Holyrood.

In December Ivor Galston was refused permission to install the power generating system on land near Whitsome, close to Duns.

Councillors voted against the plans following concerns from neighbours who claimed the facility would be closer to their homes than government guidelines advised.

His appeal will be considered by the Scottish government's Directorate of Planning.

The Big Debate

There's still time to join the audience of BBC Radio Scotland's Big Debate in Dumfries on Friday.

Gordon Brewer
BBC

It's your chance to grill politicians and leading figures on the issues that have made the headlines this week.

To be part of the audience at the Robert Burns Centre, click

here.

Call on petrol duty

Borders MSP John Lamont has called on the UK Government to reduce duty on a litre of petrol by 3p.

John Lamont
BBC

The Scottish Tories' chief whip said although the falling oil price has led to a drop in petrol prices, fuel duty now represents a much higher proportion of the overall cost.

In January 2014, fuel duty was the equivalent of 44% of the total cost of a litre of petrol, but because prices have fallen, it now makes up as much as 56% of the cost.

He said that if fuel duty was cut by 3p a litre, motorists filling up once a week could save more than £78 a year.

Man accused of laughing gas theft

A 31-year-old man has

appeared on petition at Dumfries Sheriff Court following the theft of laughing gas cylinders from the local hospital.

Dumfries Sheriff Court
BBC

Stewart Pettigrew, from Dumfries, appeared in private before Sheriff Brian Mohan on a charge of theft.

He made no plea or declaration and he was remanded in custody.

A total of 26 nitrous oxide cylinders were taken from a store at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary earlier this month.

M74 snow warning

Traffic Scotland has urged drivers to exercise caution on the M74 between junction 13 at Abington and junction 15 at Beattock, due to heavy snow in the area.

Get in touch

The snow's arrived in Dumfries. Have you been hit with the white stuff, yet?

Send your snowy photographs of the south of Scotland to dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk. Or you can tweet them to @BBCSouthScot.

Cross-country cancelled

The Borders Schools Cross Country Championships in Galashiels has been postponed, due to bad weather.

Hundreds of youngsters from primary and secondary schools across the Borders were due to compete at Netherdale tomorrow.

Organisers will reorganise the event for March.

Power cut

@SPEnergyNetwork

SP Energy Networks

tweets: We are aware of a #POWERCUT in #DG11 #Lockerbie. Our engineers are working to restore supplies. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Telegraph front page

Today's Border Telegraph leads with a story about treatment delays at the Borders General Hospital.

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

Borders dentist

More people who live in the Borders are now registered with an NHS dentist than ever before - but the region is still behind the national average.

Teeth
BBC

Scottish Government research found that a total of 73% of local adults had a dentist by last September, compared to a national average of 85%.

The number of children registered with a health service dentist stands at 88% - behind the Scottish average of 92%.

@trafficscotland

Traffic Scotland

Latest

tweets: A74(M) Paddy's Rickle - J15 Beattock - Accident, All lanes restricted Northbound for more than an hour has been cleared. #TSIncident

Duns court closes

Duns Sheriff Court is

sitting for the final time before joining the list of sites being closed across Scotland in a nationwide shake-up of the service.

Duns Sheriff Court
Google

Its business will be transferred to Jedburgh Sheriff Court, about 30 miles away.

@BBCTravelScot

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

tweets: #A74(M) J15 Moffat - RTA northbound blocking one lane - there's an HGV on the hard shoulder and a car blocking one lane...take care. T.T.

Bitterly cold

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A bright but bitterly cold afternoon with sunny spells and frequent snow showers, which could be heavy in the west, leading to difficult driving conditions.

The heaviest showers will be in the evening and overnight into Thursday.

Highs of around 4 degrees, but decreasing through the rest of the day and feeling bitter in exposure to the strong westerly wind.

Radio news

Tune into your local news bulletin, broadcast from Selkirk and Dumfries, at 12:30 today on BBC Radio Scotland.

Radio
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Snow hope

@scotborders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Fingers crossed the snow isn't as heavy as 2001

Snow plough
Scottish Borders Council

Safe distance

@trafficscotland

Traffic Scotland

Latest

tweets: PLEASE keep safe distance from car in front in #Snow & #Ice. Drive to road conditions #sensibledriving #winterinfo

Cars in snow
Traffic Scotland

Challenge Cup tie

Newton Stewart will host Threave Rovers at Blairmount Park in the Southern Counties Challenge Cup.

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The second round tie was postponed last Saturday because of heavy frost, which made the 3G pitch unplayable.

The home side are in strong form, remaining the only unbeaten South League side, whilst Threave lie bottom of the Lowland League.

Kick off is at 7.30pm.

Police urge caution

Police have urged caution in the wake of the

Met Office's warning of widespread snow showers.

snow warnings
PA

Insp Neil Hewitson, of Police Scotland's road policing unit, said: "There is a risk of localised disruption to travel throughout Wednesday and Thursday and we would ask motorists to take precautions before they set off.

"Make sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes."

He suggested listening to local radio for updates on the travel situation, visiting www.travelinescotland.com and following Police Scotland on Twitter and Facebook.

Insp Hewitson added: "Road Policing crews will be patrolling the road network to keep people safe during this period - please follow our advice to travel with extra caution."

Flooding exhibition extended

A public exhibition about the flood defence plans for the Whitesands has been extended, due to public demand.

flooding
BBC

The display at the former Baker's Oven in Dumfries had been due to wind up yesterday but council officials have decided to keep it open from 11am-5pm today.

The

model embankment on the Whitesands will be open from 10am-2pm on Saturday.

Amber warning

An amber warning for snow has been

issued by the Met Office for south west Scotland and the Borders.

Weather warning
Met Office

Forecasters said that, from 5pm today, snow showers will become widespread and heavier and it will continue through the night into Thursday morning.

Snow amounts will be very variable but in excess of 5cm will accumulate at lower levels in places with more than 15cm on high ground. Strong and gusty winds will lead to drifting and blizzard conditions at times, especially over higher routes.

They warned to prepare for travel disruption and hazardous driving conditions.

Get in touch

@BBCSouthScot

@rach_carlyle

tweets: The #weather so far today? Freezing wind, heavy cloud, heavy rain and very wet sleet. Snow would be an improvement! #Dumfries.

Manager deal

Berwick Rangers manager Colin Cameron looks set to sign a new deal.

Berwick Rangers
Beriwck Rangers

The club said they have agreed terms and expect it to be confirmed later this week.

It will see him remain at Shielfield until the end of next season.

Snow warning

Yellow "be aware" warnings

have been issued by the Met Office for frequent snow showers across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England.

Weather
BBC

The warnings are in place across the whole of Scotland from 08:00 on Wednesday to 23:55 on Thursday.

About 5-10cm (1-3in) is expected at lower levels with 10cm (5in) over higher ground.

BBC Weather's Chris Blanchett said: "By Wednesday morning, there will be snow across the northwest Highlands."

"During the day that snow level will come down, and we'll see snow showers across central and southern Scotland as well.