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  1. Updates for Monday 2 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 3 February

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it from the South of Scotland Live page for today. We'll be back tomorrow at 9am with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

In the meantime, if you want to get in touch with us, please contact us on or

Cold night

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry end to the day across our region with light winds.

It's a cold night with a widespread frost.

Lows around -2C in town but lower in the countryside especially if there's snow on the ground.

Restaurant fracas sentence

A woman who threw a brick through a restaurant's window after she was unable to book a table,

has been sentenced.

Armed police were called to West Linton when Jacqueline Woods, 47, of Livingston, was seen with an air rifle.

Near miss

Hawick bowler Julie Forrest narrowly lost out in bid to win the Scottish Singles Ladies title, for the seventh time, in Fraserburgh.

The Teviotdale Indoor Bowling Club member was edged out by Lesley Doig from East Fife.

Apology ordered


Border Telegraph

tweets: NHS Borders ordered to apologise for standard of care



Claire Hastings, the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year,

tweets: Absolutely overwhelmed with the lovely messages, thank you! I still can't believe it! Dream come true!! #youngtrad @handsupfortrad

Bulletin time

Tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 today for the remaining two radio bulletins from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

Radio desk

All the news, sport, weather and travel coming up from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Doonhamer on the move

BBC Sport

Birmingham City striker Denny Johnstone and Bristol City forward Wes Burns

have joined Cheltenham Town on loan until the end of the season.

Denny Johnstone

Dumfries-born Johnstone arrives at the League Two club after being recalled from his loan at Macclesfield, where he scored three goals in nine games.

I Predict A Riot

Kaiser Chiefs front man Ricky Wilson caused a stir in the region at the weekend, when he was spotted in a local hotel.

Ricky Wilson
Smiths Hotel

The Voice coach posed for photos with staff at Smiths Hotel at Gretna Green.

No new faces


Dumfries and Galloway Standard reporter Andrew McNair

tweets: QoS are happy with squad after return of Paul Burns, Chris Mitchell and Michael Paton from long term injury. So no new faces at Palmerston.

Arrests made

Police in the Borders have arrested and charged a 27-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman following two break-ins and thefts from commercial premises in Galashiels on Tuesday and Friday last week.

Following information obtained from the public, a residential property in Galashiels was searched and items stolen from both premises were recovered.

The duo were expected to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

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@TimonFrancis tweets: Sleeper laying has reached Glenfield Road Straight, Galashiels 01-02-15 @BordersRailway #tracklaying

Borders railway

'Eye for the goal'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South boss James Fowler has paid tribute to veteran striker Derek Lyle whose hat-trick helped the Dumfries side to a 5-0 win over Cowdenbeath and took them back into the play-off places.

"We know what he brings to the table," he said.

"Obviously he has still got an eye for the goal but he's an intelligent player as well and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for that."

Minister's mission

A minister from Dumfries and Galloway is on his way to Malawi to officially open a new building in memory of his late wife.

The New Life centre - built through a Scottish churches charity project - is based in a village in the south of the country.

As headteacher at Dalbeattie Primary, Janice Jamieson sponsored nursery education at the centre.

When she died from cancer last March, her husband Sandy - who is a Pastor of the Lighthouse Church in Dumfries - decided to raise funds for a building in her name which could be used by visiting volunteers.

Melrose gets German side

The German national team will take to the pitch for this year's Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens on 11 April.

Melrose RFC
Richard Webb

This is the first time the nation has participated in the tournament and the hope is to bring the trophy back to German soil.

Housing bid approved

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Councillors in the Borders have given the go-ahead for 26 homes at Peelwalls near Ayton in Berwickshire.

The site had previously been intended for a "care village" with 36 retirement bungalows.

But the scheme was never completed because the operating company collapsed.

Drummer's delight

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Dumfries teenager, Euan Leslie, has been named the UK's Young Drummer of the Year.


The 16-year-old St Joseph's College pupil saw off hundreds of entries and emerged as overall winner from a shortlist of ten in the finals at Leamington Spa yesterday.

Borders rugby round-up

There were mixed fortunes for the two Borders Premiership teams in action on Saturday.

Melrose missed the chance to close in on leaders Heriot's, going down 24-0 at Currie, but Hawick renewed their bid for a play-off place with a 14-10 win over Glasgow Hawks at Mansfield Park.

In National League One, Selkirk made it an incredible 16 wins out of 16 - beating nearest rivals GHA 17-5.

Jed-Forest recorded a comfortable win over Marr, but there were defeats for both Kelso and Peebles.

Food at its finest

Dumfries and Galloway Council is spearheading a £30,000 project to boost the region's food and drink industry.

The aim is to encourage visitors during Scotland's Year of Food and Drink 2015.

Lamb chop

The local scheme will focus on creating an artisan food trail across the region and will support local producers in developing a programme of events and activities.

Berwick beaten

BBC Sport


Archie MacPhee scored from the penalty spot and Daniel Moore hit a late second

as Elgin City beat 10-man Berwick.

Annan lose their lead

BBC Sport


Garry Wood netted the winner as two goals in as many second-half minutes

gave Montrose a win over Annan on Saturday.

Annan had gone ahead in the 63rd minute when Rabin Omar fired in on his first league start.

Break-in investigated

Jewellery including necklaces, bracelets and earrings has been stolen in a break-in to a house in Greenlea, Collin, some time between 16 January and 1 February.


Also stolen in the raid were a quantity of alcohol, old coins, a gold medal and a number of Xbox 360 games.

Frost lingering

BBC Scotland Weather


A bright afternoon with some sunshine.

It will remain cold with the frost lingering in places, temperatures will reach around 3 or 4 Celsius at best.

Northerly winds remain light.

Tune in

Get all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from around the south of Scotland in our local radio bulletins at 12:30.

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

Railway boon

Scottish Borders Council is launching a grant scheme to help commercial property owners and tenants in Galashiels town centre make shop front improvements.

Borders Railway

It's linked to the forthcoming opening of the Borders Railway and aimed at maximising the economic benefits of the railway.

Weather warning lifted


Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Good news! The earlier weather warning from @metoffice for later today is no longer in force. Still very cold though

Can Queens hold on?

Tweet @BBCSouthScot

Queen of the South flew back into the Championship play-off places at the weekend.

Have they got what it takes to stay in the top four until the end of the season?

Football Table

Tweet your thoughts to @BBCSouthScot or email

Hospital checks

Angela Soave

BBC Scottish Borders

Two men are being checked for spinal injuries at Borders General Hospital after their car hit a wall just south of Stow this morning.

Borders general hospital
Walter baxter

The pair, who were cut free by firefighters, aren't thought to be too badly hurt.

The accident, just after 05:00, closed the road for around an hour.

Registrations rise


Peeblesshire News

tweets: Registrations for SHARE continue to increase

Turbines turned down

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Scottish Borders Council planning committee has unanimously agreed to refuse planning permission for eight wind turbines - each 100m high - on Hag Law, Wether Law and Green Knowe near Romanno Bridge.

Members were concerned about the impact on the landscape and nearby communities.

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Beach body identified

Police Scotland has confirmed that a body found on the beach near Glencaple on Thursday was that of missing 18-year-old Dumfries man Macauley McQueen.

Macauley McQueen

A post mortem examination has been arranged and the procurator fiscal has been informed.

Missing man

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information to help trace a man reported missing in Jedburgh.

William Notley from Exchange Street was last seen in Jedburgh at 10am on Saturday.

It is believed he boarded a bus to Galashiels, however the 57-year-old has not been seen or heard from since and concern is now growing for his welfare.

The Great British Sewing Bee

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A retired teacher from the Scottish Borders has been unveiled as one of the contestants on

The Great British Sewing Bee on BBC Two.

Annie Shanks

Annie Shanks, 62, from Minto, near Hawick, is one of 10 contestants taking part in the sewing contest, which will be screened tomorrow night.

The retired dairy farmer and artisan cheese maker said she started sewing properly three years ago when she needed an outfit for her daughter's wedding and was treated rudely while searching for something on the high street.

She said: "I like the way I can make a garment that actually fits. Sewing is just so satisfying. And it's so different from all the other things I do in life. I know it's a cliché, but it's my 'me' time."

Just Dandie

Sandy Neil


The discovery of a painting at a mansion house in the Borders

has helped to reveal the history of one of Britain's rarest breeds of terrier.

Dandie Dinmont
Robert Smellie's painting started the chain of discovery about the Dandie Dinmont breed

It appears every living Dandie Dinmont can now be traced to a pet owned by Sir Walter Scott and a poacher's dog caught in a trap in Selkirk.

Transmitter work

Essential maintenance work at the Ashkirk FM transmitter starts today.

All radio services, including Radio Scotland, could be off for periods between 10am and 4pm from today until Thursday.

The work, which is on electrical equipment, will also affect FM transmissions from Eyemouth, Innerleithen and Peebles.