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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 5 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Friday 6 February

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

Barbour jackets taken

Police in Hawick are investigating following a break-in to a business premises in the early hours of this morning.

The break-in happened around 2.30am at Johnston's of Elgin Mill Shop on Mansfield Road, and 11 men's Barbour jackets worth approximately £2,000 were stolen.

More call-ups

Six players with Borders teams are in the Scotland Under 20 side which will take on their French counterparts in the opening game of the Under 20s Six Nations on Saturday.

In the starting XV to face the champions of last season are Ruaridh Howarth of Gala, Ross Graham of Hawick and Melrose's Lewis Carmichael. Melrose pair Neil Irvine-Hess and Tom Galbraith are on the bench along with Gala's Gary Robertson.

Drugs charge

A man has been arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act after police in Galashiels made a recovery of Class A drugs yesterday.

A quantity of cocaine with a potential street value of £4,000 was recovered from a vehicle seized from an address in St Andrews Street.

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tweets: waiting for the first train today at Tweedbank

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Dry and cloudy

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be mostly dry and cloudy for the first part of the night. Some clear spells developing through the early hours will lead to a frost and isolated freezing fog patches.

Winds remain light and temperatures will dip to around minus 1 Celsius in the coldest spots, although in town it will likely hold above zero.

Radio news

Tune in to your local news bulletin on BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30, broadcast live from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios.

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Catch the latest news, sport, weather and travel tomorrow at 06:30, 07:30 and 8:30.

Vodka theft

Police in Newton Stewart are hunting a man and woman who stole six bottles of vodka from the town's Co-operative store at about 15:00 on Wednesday.

The man is 6ft 2in, of Eastern European appearance, with dark hair. He was in his late 20s or early 30s and he was wearing blue jeans and a grey hooded top.

The woman is also of East European appearance and about 5ft 8in. She was wearing blue jeans and a green parka-style jacket.

D&G budget agreed

Budget plans by Dumfries and Galloway Council's Labour administration to cut more than £8m from spending in the next financial year

have been agreed.

Dumfries and Galloway Council
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They were voted through by 22 votes to 17 with two abstentions.

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Paul Brownlee sent us a photograph of the track-laying train on Redbrige Viaduct, near Tweedbank.

Train
PAul Brownlee

Skating date

Preparations are well under way at Dumfries Ice Bowl as it welcomes the Trophy D'Ecosse Synchronised Skating Championships this weekend.

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The council-run facility is hosting the event for the fourth consecutive year, and work is taking place this week to transform the rink into an international skating theatre for the weekend.

The event runs from Friday to Sunday.

Missing teenager found

Facebook

Dumfries and Galloway Police Division

posts: Jack has been found safe and well. Thanks to everyone.

Theft from car

Police are investigating a break-in to a silver Mitsubishi Warrior pick-up, which was targeted while it was parked in Wigtown.

A magnetic mounted laser receiver and the Fukedad laser level, worth a total of £1,400, were stolen overnight on Wednesday/Thursday.

Missing teenager

Police are appealing for help in tracing a 16-year-old missing from Lockerbie.

Jack Howat
Police Scotland

Jack Howat was last seen in the town at around 2pm yesterday.

He was wearing a blue Adidas tracksuit top, black Adidas bottoms and Nike trainers.

Police believe he may be in the Dumfries area.

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tweets: Lovely morning near Dumfries.

Dumfries snow
Peter McAdam

Rural land prices

The

price of rural land in Scotland has risen sharply but still lags well behind the UK average, according to a report.

Farmland Scotland
Sylvia Duckworth

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) estimated the average price per acre in Scotland was £4,375 last year.

The figure was 17% up on 2013 but 47% below the UK figure for 2014.

The Rics survey also found that the price of pasture land was at least 40% cheaper than any other part of the UK.

Borders input

BBC Sport

Scotland

Three Borderers have been included in

the starting line-up for Scotland 6 Nations opener with France on Saturday.

Former Kelso front-row man Ross Ford will be joined by scrum half and skipper Greig Laidlaw, who played his club rugby for Jed-Forest, and Hawick's Stuart Hogg at full back.

Stuart Hogg
SNS

Ex-Gala prop Geoff Cross will be on the bench.

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If you have any comments about the South of Scotland Live page, or if you have any news stories or photographs you would like to share, please get in touch.

You can email us at dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or you can contact us on Twitter at @BBCSouthScot.

Sewing Bee

Don't forget to tune into The Great British Sewing Bee tonight to see how Borders woman Annie Shanks fares in the competition.

Great British Sewing Bee
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The retired teacher, from Minto, near Hawick, will showcase her skills against nine of the country's best stitchers.

The show, which is hosted by Claudia Winkleman, will be broadcast at 8pm on BBC Two.

Johnston quits Kilmarnock

Former Queen of the South boss Allan Johnston will

leave his post as Kilmarnock manager in the summer.

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston
SNS

The 41-year-old left Palmerston in 2013 to join the Ayrshire side.

He said the sale of Robbie Muirhead to Dundee United on Monday was a factor behind his decision.

"I never found out Robbie was away until five past 12 [on deadline day]. Stuff like that, it is not the way things are done," he said.

Invite to children's tsar

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Scotland's children's tsar has been invited to meet Dumfries and Galloway Council to discuss controversial plans to restructure services for pupils who need extra help in the classroom.

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Earlier this week Tam Baillie, the commissioner for children and young people,

wrote to the authority asking that learning support proposals are put on hold, pending an "impact assessment".

The council has met today to set its budget, which could include cutting 52 learning support posts.

A council spokesman said they contacted Mr Baillie's office before receiving his letter to explain the background to the education review and to offer him the chance to engage directly with the authority.

Footballers' lives

Do you dream of having the spending power of Christiano Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney? Find out

here how long it would it take you to earn a top footballer's salary.

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House sales up

Scotland last year recorded

the highest number of house sales since 2008, according to figures released by Registers of Scotland (RoS).

estate agent window
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A total of 93,875 sales took place across the country in 2014 - an increase of 11.6% on the previous year.

The overall value of sales for the year exceeded £15.3bn.

However Dumfries and Galloway saw a drop in the number of sales.

Travel update

In Galashiels, the A7 Bank Street is closed northbound for gas main work between Bank Street Brae and Sime Place.

Crash investigation

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

An investigation has been launched into

why an ambulance took 26 minutes to reach a Berwick accident on Friday night.

Crash scene
BBC

Eyemouth teenager Kyle Lowes died at the scene after his scooter was hit by a car.

The 43-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and released on bail.

Budget approved

Colin Colthart

at Dumfries and Galloway Council

The Labour administration's budget has now been passed with 22 votes to 17 and two abstentions.

Voted down

Colin Colthart

at Dumfries and Galloway Council

A previously ruled incompetent amendment from councillor Grahame Forster has been ruled as competent but voted down by 18 votes to two with 21 abstentions anyway.

Vale loss

Vale of Leithen couldn't halt Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City last night at Meadowbank.

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James Elliot did give Mark Lamb's team an early lead but a quick fire double from Ross Allum and a second-half strike from Grant Vanson gave City a three-one win.

Vale host Threave Rovers at Victoria Park on Saturday.

'Largely dry'

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It will be largely dry across the south of Scotland this afternoon, with patchy cloud allowing some good bright spells. The best of the sunshine will be in the east.

Winds will be mainly light and temperatures a degree or so up on yesterday, at 5 or 6 Celsius.

Savings proposal

Colin Colthart

at Dumfries and Galloway Council

The SNP has tabled an amendment to its own budget to utilise unallocated policy development cash and increase target savings on road repairs to delay additional support for learning restructuring proposals.

A second recess has been called to consider the amendment.

Local news

Tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 12:30 for the latest news bulletins, broadcast from our studios in Dumfries and Selkirk.

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Teacher struck off

A teacher accused of

touching pupils in an inappropriate manner which was "sexually motivated" has been struck off by his professional body.

CD High School
Google

Gordon Mundie was alleged to have smacked one girl on the bottom and touched another on the leg at Castle Douglas High School.

He denied the claims which dated back to January 2011 and February 2012.

The General Teaching Council Scotland found the complaints proved and ordered he be removed from its register.

Food bank row

Dumfriesshire Tory MP David Mundell has refused to respond to a call for him to apologise for dismissing the views of the manager of a local food parcel charity because he campaigned for independence.

David Mundell
BBC

At a meeting of Holyrood's welfare committee, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine quoted evidence from Mark Frankland of the First Base Agency on the impact of welfare reforms on food bank use in south west Scotland.

But Mr Mundell told the committee that he took Mr Frankland's comments with a pinch of salt because, as a prominent YES campaigner, he couldn't be considered an objective witness.

Ms McAlpine branded his comments outrageous and called for an apology but Mr Mundell insisted he'd made his views clear at committee, which had included recognition of the work carried out by Mr Frankland, and that he wouldn't be adding anything further.

Curtain call

Borders Youth Theatre may soon makes its

final curtain call after more than two decades.

Theatre curtain
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Board members meet today to consider whether to wind up the organisation or reform under a different constitution.

It has been running at a loss and secures only £8,000 of core funding from Scottish Borders Council.

It is estimated they need about £30,000 each year to break even.

'Community hub'

Colin Colthart

at Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Both Labour and the SNP support plans to explore setting up an arms length trust or community hub to run all council sport and leisure facilities in the future.

Commissioner advice

Colin Colthart

at Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The SNP say the Additional Support for Learning proposals should be delayed to allow impact assessment as per advice from the Children's Commissioner, Tam Ballie.

Delay ruled out

Colin Colthart

at Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Grahame Forster's motion to delay Additional Support for Learning (ASL) cuts ruled out.

The administration say even with restructuring over next three years, ASL will still have an annual budget of at least £16m and a workforce of at least 500 full time equivalent staff.

'Public engagement'

@dgcouncil

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: Council Leader says there have been unprecedented levels of public engagement in the #dgbudget

Budget latest

Colin Colthart

at Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The administration's budget includes a £500,000 contingency fund to cover any unforeseen circumstances from the planned restructuring of additional support for learning.

Fifty-two learning support posts are earmarked to go over next three years. A mitigation fund worth £1m, covering years two and three, will also set up to cushion future education savings.

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tweets: Corsock - a week after snowfall. We have lost a bird feeder but not a single bit of snow!

Corsock snow
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