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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 4 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 5 February

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for today and another hectic round of news, sport, travel and weather updates from across southern Scotland.

Join us again tomorrow from 09:00 for all the latest from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Body found

Police searching for missing Jedburgh man Charles Bird have recovered a body.

The discovery was made at about 13:40 in the Bedrule area.

Police said the next of kin had been informed.

Canine landmark

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound rescue has reached a historic landmark as it rehomed its 1,000th dog.

Dug
BBC

Nyla has found a new home with Jackie and Peter Bacci from Dumfries.

Demolition date

Work to demolish the former Eyemouth High School is set to begin later this month.

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has contracted specialist firm Dalton Demolition to undertake the works, which are expected to last until the end of June.

Charity measure

Borders club Gala Fairydean Rovers are offering "pay-what-you-can" admission for this weekend's Lowland League clash with Dalbeattie Star.

Gala Fairydean
Walter Baxter

The game kicks off at 3pm on Saturday with all donations going to Scottish HART - the charity providing information and support for families affected by cardiomyopathy and heart disorders.

Temperatures dipping

BBC Scotland Weather

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This evening and tonight a mix of cloud and clear spells.

A frost will readily return, though cloud will steadily increase bringing a few patches of light rain and some snow flurries on the hills.

There'll be a risk of ice, as temperatures dip below freezing.

Bulletin time

Tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for the last radio bulletins of the day for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

Microphone
BBC

We'll be back with more tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Fixture switches

Queen of the South's next home tie in the Championship with Rangers is to be screened on BT Sport meaning the game has been moved from Wednesday 8 April to Thursday 9 April with a 7.45pm kick off.

As a result the following Saturday's home match with Falkirk has also been put back 24 hours from Saturday 11 April to Sunday 12 April, kicking off at 3pm.

Equal pay intervention

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson has asked the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights to intervene in a long running claim against Dumfries and Galloway Council on equal pay.

Payslip
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He said he had been contacted by a number of classroom and special needs assistants who were "perplexed" that colleagues had received notification of payouts.

Mr Fergusson said many people had not heard about the possibility of making a claim and could now miss out.

Licence granted

Galashiels-based Katie Scott has been granted a full licence to train by the British Horse Racing Authority.

The former amateur jockey hopes to enter her first runners at Kelso a week tomorrow.

'City deal' sought

Councillors in the Borders have backed moves to investigate the potential for infrastructure investment through a so-called "City Deal" for the Edinburgh City Region, which comprises the Borders, Lothians and Fife as well as the capital.

A "city deal" for the region in and around Glasgow

saw £1.13bn allocated by governments at Westminster and Holyrood to help infrastructure and business development schemes.

Edinburgh
BBC

Executive members have agreed to allocate £25,000 of council cash to support the development of a business case.

Vanishing act

Vanishing spray will be used for the first time in Scotland during this weekend's Scottish Cup fixtures.

Among the ties involved are Stranraer versus Dundee United, Queen of the South against St Johnstone and Spartans game with Berwick Rangers.

Countryside award

A Borders farm has scooped a coveted prize at the Countryside Alliance annual awards.

Clarissa Dickson Wright
BBC

The Clarissa Dickson Wright Award - named after the TV chef of Two Fat Ladies Fame - went to Peelham Farm at Foulden in Berwickshire.

The honour recognises "strong animal husbandry, support for slow and artisan food" and efforts to foster farming heritage through the likes of protecting rare breeds.

The farm said it was "thrilled" to receive the prize.

Feet on the ground

Southern Reporter

The Theatre of Dreams was certainly an apt name for the venue in which Richard Tait took on the might of Manchester United for the second time on Tuesday night.

Tait, the Cambridge United right back who was brought up in Yetholm,

spoke to The Southern yesterday about taking on a side worth £231million.

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@BordersCollege

tweets: And the train is now outside the Scottish Borders Campus! Will you get the train to college?
http://ow.ly/i/8vGSO

Borders train
Borders College

Agricultural checks

Two workshops, focussing on agricultural vehicle legislation and transportation issues, are to be held later this month in Kelso and Stranraer.

They are organised by NFU Scotland in conjunction with Police Scotland and the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA).

The latest round of half day workshops will take place in at Springwood Park, Kelso on Thursday 19 February and Thursday 26 February at the Cheese Hangar, Castle Kennedy.

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@caroltdgcollege

tweets: Gorgeous view of Criffel this morning from outside the Costa Café at @DandGCollege Dumfries campus.

Criffel
Carol Turnbull

Email scam warning

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

A fresh warning has been issued about an elaborate e-mail scam.

It follows concern raised by a Galloway resident who was targeted by the fraudsters.

The bogus e-mail claims to be from a couple who won more than £100m on the Euromillions lottery and who've used some of their winnings to help good causes.

The e-mail says the recipient has been earmarked to receive a donation of £1m and asks for their name, address and phone number.

Tapestry rethink call

An online petition has been set up demanding Scottish Borders Council rethink

plans to locate the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank.

A purpose built centre is proposed - close to the railway terminus - to attract tourists and day-trippers.

Tapestry Bannockburn
Alex Hewitt

But the petition has almost 900 signatures, criticising the £3.5m cost.

Organisers plan to present the petition to the council before their next full meeting at the end of this month.

Milk questions

Supermarket representatives are being questioned by MSPs over the price of milk.

Asda and Morrisons will be the first to give evidence to Holyrood's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and the Environment Committee.

Milk
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Tomorrow sees Tesco, Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer and Lidl appear.

Those who originally declined to attend were threatened with being empty chaired by the committee.

Farmers complain the price paid for their milk is now less than the cost of production.

Stranraer strike

@spfl

SPFL

tweets: Binos defeated by McKeown strike | @StranraerFC 1 - 0 @Stirling_Albion |
http://spfl.co/SFCvSAFC #SPFL

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@LoganBotanicGdn

tweets: A crisp, sunny day here at Logan but a few flowers brave enough to show their face!

Logan Botanic Garden
Logan Botanic Garden

Cup clash tickets

Tickets for Queen of the South's William Hill Scottish Cup tie against holders St Johnstone on Saturday will be on sale from the Palmerston admin office on Friday from 13:00 to 16:00.

Palmerston Park, Dumfries
SNS

Thereafter they will be available from either of the two ticket offices on matchday from about noon.

First train for Galashiels

Angela Soave

BBC Scottish Borders

The first train for more than four decades has reached Galashiels.

The track laying locomotive was spotted in the town yesterday - with pictures posted online by several onlookers.

Borders Railway
Stuart Burns

They include

a video, filmed from the new Transport Interchange - and a Derek Johnstone picture, put up by Project Hawick, captioned, "The nine am service to Galashiels arrives 45 years late."

Only a few miles of the track to Tweedbank now remain to be completed.

Dry and bright

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be dry and bright across the southwest this afternoon, with plenty of crisp sunshine and light winds.

Temperatures will reach 4 Celsius generally, but closer to 1 Celsius where we have snow cover.

A few snow flurries will drift into the eastern Borders at times, but for most, it'll be dry and bright.

Radio bulletins

Remember to tune in at 12:30 for our latest radio bulletins from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios.

Gritters out

@scotborders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Here's where our tracked gritters are now. They'll be out later this afternoon and throughout the evening #sbctravel
http://ow.ly/i/8vDEO

Break-in appeal

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following a break-in at a business premises in the early hours of Monday morning in Peebles.

The incident took place in the Dovecot Road area when entry was forced into the property.

A number of cars were damaged and thieves attempted to steal one of the vehicles.

Front page

Border Telegraph

The Border Telegraph is out today with a lead story on a petition about plans for the Great Tapestry of Scotland in the Borders.

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

Missing man plea

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

Charles Bird was last seen leaving his home in Exchange Street at 11am yesterday as he set off for work.

The 68-year-old was due to return at around 2.45pm but failed to show up and has not been seen or heard from since Tuesday morning.

Officers conducting enquiries to locate him then recovered his Mitsubishi L200 car in a wooded area on the Denholm to Bedrule road around 9.30pm last night. However, he was not within the vehicle.

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If you have any stories or images from the south of Scotland why not send them to us on Twitter, @BBCSouthScot.

Alternatively you can email dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

Six Nations hopes

Phil Goodlad

BBC Scotland

Captain Greig Laidlaw says Scotland want to win the Six Nations and

believes there is an expectation his side can do well in the championship.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw
SNS
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is targeting Six Nations success

The Scots won the final staging of the Five Nations in 1999 but have never won the Six Nations.

However, five wins from their last seven Tests have boosted confidence.

Rally boost

Three Scottish Championship car rallies in Dumfries and Galloway generated almost £600,000 for the local economy in 2014,

according to a new report.

It concluded that the local authority receives a "superb" return on its investment in the Scottish, Merrick Stages and Galloway Hills rallies.

Rally car
Kenny Anderson

It recommended a working group is set up to look at shared projects between the events and other agencies.

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@sjwburn

tweets: Had to get out and about in the snow! #ScottishBorders #kelso @BBCSouthScot

Kelso snow
Stewart Wilson

Hag Law hammered

@peeblesnews

Peeblesshire News

tweets: Planners hit out at Hag Law ahead of decision
http://bit.ly/1xdyBrx

Scooter crash victim named

A boy who was killed in a crash between a car and a scooter in Northumberland

has been named.

North Road junction with Magdalene Drive in Berwick
Google

The collision happened on North Road at the junction with Magdalene Drive in Berwick at about 10:00 GMT on Friday.

The rider of the scooter, 16-year-old Kyle Lowes, from the Eyemouth area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 43-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving, remains on police bail.

Back page

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard hails Queen of the South's 5-0 hammering of Cowdenbeath.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries Standard

Court claims denied

Scottish court officials have denied claims

that the two remaining courts in the Borders will operate on a part-time basis.

Courts
Kim Traynor/Google

Local MSP John Lamont had raised fears that plans for Jedburgh and Selkirk sheriff court to share business would lead to the equivalent of one full-time court in the region.

The Scottish Court Service said the suggestion was "completely wrong".

Stop and search

Police Scotland has reneged on a commitment to abolish stop searches on young children,

according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.

Over 90% of consensual searches by Police Scotland on children aged under 12 were negative
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Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson told a Holyrood committee in June that the "indefensible" practice of consensual searches on children under the age of 12 would be scrapped.

Since then, 356 children have been searched by police.