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  1. Updates from Friday 30 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 2 February 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

It looks like a nice cold and crisp evening out there so enjoy your weekend whatever you might be doing.

We will be back on Monday at 09:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

If you have a story you think we should be covering, email or

Whitesands embankment

A model embankment built to illustrate plans for

a flood prevention scheme in Dumfries will be open tomorrow.

whitesands model

The project at the Whitesands will be open from 10am-2pm.

A spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway Council said visitors will be able to stand on the full-scale model to get enhanced views of the river.

Big Burns boost

Organisers of the Big Burns Supper festival in Dumfries say

tickets sales have already doubled compared with last year's event.

Le Haggis performers
Colin Hattersley

The fourth edition will draw to a close on Saturday with performances by the likes of The Vaselines and Hue and Cry.

More than 10,000 tickets have been sold for a wide range of music, comedy and theatrical events.

This year's festival has been extended to run for nine days compared with just three in 2014.

Wintry showers

BBC Scotland Weather


It will be a cold night with clear spells, with wintry showers mainly over Galloway and the eastern Borders.

Temperatures will dip to around minus 2 Celsius, with a widespread frost and a Met Office yellow "be aware" warning of ice on untreated surfaces.

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tweets: A snow covered Falahill showing the railway passing underneath the A7.

Borders Railway

Tune in

Make sure you don't miss the last two local radio bulletins of the week from Dumfries and Selkirk.

Tune in at 16:30 and then at 17:30 for all the news, sport, travel and weather from our region.

Witness appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses to a break-in in Galashiels.

A man was spotted forcing entry to a property in Gala Park at about 02:20 this morning.

He was 5ft 9in and was wearing a dark grey hooded top and dark jeans.

Insp Tony Hodges said: "The suspect was last seen on Victoria Street heading towards Lintburn Street and we would urge anyone who may have seen him, or who recognises his description, to come forward."

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tweets: Lovely wintry morning walk along the banks of #RiverTweed #StCuthbertsWay ❄️@BBCSouthScot @ITVborder @BBCScotWeather

River Tweed
Moira M

Photographer Phil in TV ad

Laurieston photographer Phil McMenemy is one of the stars of a new advert for the BBC, which you can watch


BBC advert

Car 'stripped'

Police are investigating after a car was completely stripped of its body parts in Duns.

Police officers

The black Volkswagen Golf GTI was targeted on a public road in the Duns Industrial Estate overnight on Wednesday.

Insp Keith Dougal said: "This incident has resulted in significant distress for the owner and we ask anyone who has seen or heard anything suspicious in the area at around the time of this incident to get in touch."

Borders rugby

With one week to go until the start of the RBS Six Nations, there are just two Premiership matches on the card tomorrow as postponed games are - hopefully - played.

rugby ball

Melrose are looking to close the gap on leaders Heriot's at the top of the table when they visit Currie, and Hawick are at home to Glasgow Hawks, knowing that a win at Mansfield Park would take them nearer to the play-off zone.

Three Borders sides have home advantage in the National League. Jed-Forest welcome Marr to Riverside Park, Kelso play Aberdeen at Poynder Park and Selkirk entertain GHA. Meanwhile Peebles travel to Dundee.

In East League 2, if St Boswells defeat second-placed Forrester tomorrow they'll complete an extraordinary two years without being beaten in all competitions.

Picture gallery

Dumfries and Galloway makes several appearances in this gallery of the best of your snow pictures from around Scotland this week. Have a look


Snowy Annan

Wind farm planned

Plans to build

a third wind farm near the village of Grantshouse in the Scottish Borders have been unveiled.

wind turbines

Livos Energy wants to locate eight 100-metre high turbines on land at Howpark Farm, around two miles from the village.

The site is adjacent to the already operating Drone Hill wind farm and sits to the south of Penmanshiel, which has consent for a new wind farm.

Livos Energy has submitted a scoping request from Scottish Borders Council for the site, which sits between the A1 and A1107.

Borders football

Berwick Rangers will welcome Elgin City to Shielfield in SPFL 2 tomorrow. And there's a tasty local derby in prospect in the Lowland League when Selkirk host Vale of Leithen.

In the East Premier Division struggling Coldstream will hope for a change in fortunes when Spartans visit Home Park.

First Division pacesetters Peebles Rovers entertain Duns. Eyemouth United are at home to Heriot Watt, Kelso United host Ormiston and Hawick Royal Albert welcome Burntisland Shipyard to Albert Park.

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Allan Rutherford emailed a photograph of Corserine, taken from the Forrest Estate, near St Johns Town of Dalry.

Forrest Estate

Eden Festival line-up

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

The Eden Festival, held at Raehills near Moffat, has

unveiled its headline acts for this year's event in June.

Ms Dynamite

Australian band The Cat Empire, US hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash and the UK's Ms Dynamite top the bill.

In total, more than 250 acts will perform across nine different stages between 11 and 14 June.


tweets: Tackling Drug Misuse - 2 men arrested in Selkirk & will appear at Court today on drug supply charges

Borders company fined

A Borders construction company has been fined £10,000 after an Ancrum worker was injured by a falling concrete beam.


Leicester Magistrates Court heard Derek Graham was working for M&J Ballantyne in March 2014, building a house in Rutland.

A concrete beam fell from the sling in which it was being raised and rotated. Mr Graham was crushed beneath it, suffering severe pelvic injuries.

M&J Ballantyne pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety. Mr Graham, 51, is still off work and may never be able to return.

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tweets: Watch out for the red eye, waving #snowman near Castle Douglas spotted by @harrisonaphotos ☺


Ice warning

The Met Office has issued a yellow "Be Aware" warning for

ice in the south of Scotland from tonight.

weather maps
Met Office

They have warned that icy stretches are likely to form on untreated surfaces this evening, overnight and into tomorrow morning.

League football

Weather permitting, there's plenty of football lined up for the weekend.

In the Lowland League, Dalbeattie will host East Kilbride at Islecroft in the Lowland League.

In the South League, Mid Annandale are due to play Lochar Thistle at Lockerbie this evening. Tomorrow league leaders St Cuthbert Wanderers have a home game against bottom side Dumfries YMCA.

Second top Newton Stewart are also at home, with Fleet Star the visitors to Blairmount Park.

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tweets: Today's view from my @UniWestScotland #dumfries campus office window! Lovely day but still lots of snow.

Dumfries snow
Melissa Gunn

Carmichael in the Borders

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has highlighted the Borders as

a "prime example" of what Scotland has to offer to the rest of the world.

Alistair Carmichael
Scotland Office

He visited Borders College in Galashiels and Hawick Cashmere.

He said he had seen that the education facility was a "fantastic place" for young people to learn.

He also praised Hawick Cashmere for its efforts to employ apprentices and export around the world with stores in London, Tokyo and Zurich.

Dumfries Academy


tweets: Success at Radio Scotland debate! Well done to Jemma Weir for putting the panel under immense pressure!

Dumfries Academy pupils
Dumfries Academy

Peebleshire News

A story about budget cuts at the Scottish Borders Council makes the front page of the Peebleshire News.

Peebleshire News
Peebleshire News

Listen again

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That concludes our live coverage of the BBC Big Debate from the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries.

You can listen again


'Listen to us'

MP David Mundell said: "There's no point in the Scottish cabinet coming down here if they're not going to listen to us."


Lee Medd: "I think people in Dumfries and Galloway feel marginalised or out of the loop for a long time. People seem to forget that the south of Scotland is a thriving place, it's confident in itself but feel we are not listened to at a national level."

'Local heroes'

MSP Joan McAlpine: "Many local councillors are local heroes. In big areas like this, quite a lot of people feel remote from their local council."

Councillors' power

The next question for the Big Debate in Dumfries: Are local councillors not to be trusted with more powers which could be devolved to them from Holyrood?

'Wrong message'

Lee Medd: "Personally, for me, vouchers in this situation is giving the wrong message."

Rushed judgement

MSP Joan McAlpine: "I don't think we should rush to judgement of people."

'Worth looking at'

MP Russell Brown: "I think it's worth looking at but we need to make sure it doesn't become an overall policy. Like anything of this nature, it could be abused by some people."

Pregnant mothers

Gemma, from Dumfries Academy, asks: "Why should pregnant mothers be rewarded with cash incentives when clearly their baby's health does not seem important to them?"

'Tinker with policy'

Audience member at the Big Debate: "The reality is if Scotland remains part of union, it's almost impossible to do anything but tinker with the economic policies."

Question three

Third question for the Big Debate panel in Dumfries: Is there a reluctance by the Scottish Government to stray too far from the economic policies of Westminster?


MP Russell Brown: "We have got to have growth in our economy, if we don't we are on the road to disaster. That's where austerity has hit us over here, nothing compared to the Greeks of course."

'Inject more money'

MSP Joan McAlpine: "One of the things we could do to inject more money into public spending is to scrap the Trident programme."

'Not possible'

MP David Mundell: "I think for Greece to move forward, for the Eurozone to move forward, it's not possible for Greece to opt out and do their own thing."

'Brave step'

Lee Medd tells the Big Debate: "Will it work, will it upset a lot of people? There's only one way to find out - by taking that brave step forward. I think they should be applauded."