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  1. Updates for Friday 6 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 9 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 for another busy week on the South of Scotland live page.

Reporters from across the region contribute to this service to bring you the latest, breaking news and sport from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

We'd really like to know what you think of the service. If you have any comments to make, email us at or

We'll be back on Monday at 9am.

Clear spells

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry night with clear spells and a frost setting in. Winds will be light and there could be some mist and freezing fog patches.

However, through the night, thicker cloud moves in from the north helping temperatures to climb again by dawn and meaning the frost will be a little more patchy by day break.

Tomorrow, it will be a cold start with some mist and fog patches around and these could be slow to clear. However, through the course of the day, it should brighten. Highs of 6 to 8 celsius and dry.

Wind farm contract

A family-run contractor based at Dunragit has been awarded a £8m wind farm construction contract.

Wind farm

Luce Bay Plant Hire will work with renewable energy company RES on the Glenchamber wind farm, which will be built between Glenluce, New Luce and Kirkcowan.

The firm will complete the offsite road improvements and civil works for the construction of the wind farm.

Galashiels drugs haul

A man has been arrested and charged after police in Galashiels made a recovery of Class A drugs yesterday.


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

The 27-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal and will appear in court at a later date.

Barbour jackets stolen

Eleven men's Barbour's jackets worth £2,000 have been stolen from a shop in Hawick.

They were taken during a break-in to Johnston's of Elgin Mill on Mansfield Road at about 02:30 today.

PC Joanne Flynn, of Police Scotland, said: "I'm appealing for anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious in the Mansfield Road area of Hawick around 02.30 to contact police.

"Similarly I would ask that anyone who believes they have been offered these stolen jackets for sale, to get in touch with us immediately."

Dumfries ice skating

A team of champion synchronised ice skaters from Aberdeen are preparing to defend their title - despite having had to train without a rink for more than a year.

Ice skaters

Zariba, who were crowned Scottish champions last year, are competing at the Trophy D'Ecosse competition in Dumfries this weekend.

Watch part of their routine


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Emily Paget

Local news bulletins

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


Court appearance

A 40-year-old man has appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court following the seizure of heroin worth up to £64,000 on the M74 near Gretna.

Keith Hill, from Liverpool, was on a petition before Sheriff Brian Mohan in private.

A spokesperson for the procurator fiscal said no plea or declaration was made.

Hill was remanded in custody.

Cyclo-cross at Forest of Ae

A series of cyclo-cross races will be held at the Forest of Ae on Sunday.

Muddy cyclist

There will be five races for cyclists aged from eight-year-olds to adults.

It has been organised by the Stepping Stanes Youth Cycling Club and follows a similar event in Castle Douglas last weekend.

Owl rescue

An owl which escaped from a south of Scotland wildlife park survived in the wild for two weeks before it was rescued.

Scottish SPCA

The adult Great Grey left its cage at the Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park after it was damaged in the stormy weather.

But it was rescued yesterday by Scottish SPCA officers after it was spotted in the Gatehouse area.

Animal rescue officer Tracy Cannon-Cessford said: "The owl seemed happy to be back in her home and we're glad to have been able to help."

Dalbeattie forest plan

Users of Dalbeattie forest are being invited to share their views on its 10 year management plan.

Dalbeattie Forest
Forestry Commission Scotland

Representatives of Forestry Commission Scotland will explain the plan at a drop-in event at Dalbeattie Town Hall on 17 February.


plan will help shape the future of Dalbeattie Forest, Buittle Hill, Barrhill and Aucheninnes.

Eagle in Wigtownshire

A young white-tailed eagle which was "evicted" from its nest by a rival last year

has been spotted in Dumfries and Galloway.

RSPB Scotland

The species are a rare sight in the south west of Scotland and they have not bred in the region for more than 150 years.

It has been spotted in various locations around Wigtownshire.

The bird, nick-named Sona, had to be returned to her nest on Mull by Forestry Commission Scotland climbers after being attacked and falling 30ft to the ground last June.

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Dumfries campus
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Theatre reprieve

Supporters of the closure-threatened Borders Youth Theatre have

agreed to continue despite problems with funding.

Theatre curtain

The theatrical group has been in operation for the past 25 years.

However, recent financial losses and a struggle to find volunteers led to an emergency meeting being called.

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Home advantage

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South will host William Hill Scottish Cup holders St Johnstone in the fifth round of this year's competition tomorrow.

Queens boss James Fowler hopes they can make the most of the home advantage.

"It's a great game for us. We know it's going to be a tough one. They have had a good run of form recently as well but we are at home and we are confident in the group that we have got.

"It gives us a great chance to progress to the next round."

Taxi fares

Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken is leading a public hearing on taxi fares in the Borders today.


Scottish Borders Council decided not to increase charges at all this year, claiming that there had been little engagement from drivers or operators.

Taxi firms said there is an agreed formula for annual rises which the council cannot ignore.

The meeting is being held in Galashiel's old council chamber.

Sledge accident

Daily Record

A grandfather needs reconstructive surgery after

he sledged into a boulder near Castle Douglas.

Fraser McAllister
Daily Record

Fraser McAllister, 61, from Musselburgh, was flown to hospital in Glasgow by helicopter after the crash.

Peebles road problems

Temporary traffic lights have been put up on the A72 west of Peebles following the discovery of a deteriorating retaining wall.

Scottish Borders Council said the westbound lane of the road will be closed at Neidpath from today for safety reasons.

Experts will assess the wall but it is unclear how long the lane closure will be in place.

Snow joke

Queen of the South ground staff have been hard at work clearing the snow off the Palmerston Park pitch ahead of Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup tie with St Johnstone.

Snow clearing


video on the club website shows the efforts being made to ensure the game goes ahead.

Dry afternoon

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry afternoon with some bright or sunny spells.

Temperatures will reach 7 Celsius at best with light westerly winds.

Borders rugby

All the Borders' National League One sides will play away from home tomorrow.

Rugby ball

Kelso journey to Biggar, Peebles head for Hillhead-Jordanhill and Jed-Forest take the road and the miles to Dundee.

Selkirk's scheduled fixture at Watsonians is cancelled.

Cup clash

Berwick Rangers travel to Edinburgh to tackle Lowland League side Spartans in the Scottish Cup fifth round.


In the Lowland League itself Selkirk travel to Gretna, Vale of Leithen host Threave Rovers and Gala Fairydean Rovers welcome Dalbeattie Star to Netherdale.

Lockerbie row

Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

US families of Lockerbie bombing victims have accused some UK relatives of

a "disgraceful" campaign to clear the only man convicted of the atrocity.

Lockerbie wreckage

Dr Jim Swire, who lost his daughter Flora, and some other UK relatives believe Abdelbaset al-Megrahi suffered a miscarriage of justice.

They want the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission

to send his case back to the High Court for a fresh appeal.

US relatives have

written a letter saying they do not support the move.

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard's front page features a story about controversial "designer baby" legislation.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Heroin haul

Police have seized heroin with a potential street value of £64,000 on the M74 near Gretna.

Police officer

A 40-year-old man from Liverpool has been arrested in connection with yesterday's seizure.

He is expected to appear at Dumfries Sheriff Court today.

Johnston relieved of duties

BBC Sport


Former Queen of the South boss Allan Johnston has been relieved of his duties as Kilmarnock manager with immediate effect,

BBC Scotland has learned.

Allan Johnston

The 41-year-old announced on Thursday he would leave at the end of the season and indicated the sale of Robbie Muirhead was a factor in his decision.

The 19-year-old forward was sold to Dundee United shortly before the closure of the winter transfer window.

Johnston left Palmerston for the Ayrshire side in 2013.

Peeblesshire News

Today's Peeblesshire News leads with the latest on the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Peeblesshire News
Peeblesshire News

Annandale Observer

The Annandale Observer is out today, leading with a story about a Dumfriesshire landowner.

Annandale Observer
Annandale Observer

Aldi for Hawick

Plans for a new Aldi supermarket in Hawick

have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council.

Aldi logo

The £5m store at the former Wilton Mills site on Commercial Road would create 30 full-time jobs.

The German chain expressed an interest in developing the former Wilton Mills site early last year.

Access problems would be solved if a separate application to demolish a listed clock tower and gate lodge is approved.

The Galloway Gazette

The Galloway Gazette hits the news stands this morning.

Galloway Gazette
Galloway Gazette


Borders woman Annie Shanks crashed out of BBC Two's The Great British Sewing Bee last night.

Annie Shanks

The retired teacher was one of 10 contestants who made three garments for the judges during the show.

Watch the programme


Tweed salmon

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Anglers on the River Tweed have been warned that

they face prosecution if they fail to release any rod-caught salmon before the end of March.


A statutory ban came into force this week as the 2015 fishing season got under way on the river.

The new rule states that even if a salmon dies, it must be left in the water and not retained.

It takes over from the voluntary 100% catch and release policy introduced to help preserve salmon stocks.

Curlers start qualification

Elizabeth Hudson

BBC Sport

After their Winter Paralympic bronze last year while representing Great Britain, the Scotland wheelchair curling team are ready to start on the road to Pyeongchang 2018.

The World Championship, which starts in Finland on Saturday, opens the qualification process for the Games.

Stranraer-based Hugh Nibloe is in the line-up for what will be his major competition debut in the team which will be coached by Tony Zummack.

Travel latest

No problems to report at the moment with Irish Sea ferry services or local rail travel.

Temporary lights are in use on the A76 between Thornhill and Carronbridge and further north at Enterkinfoot.

Work's continuing on a new vehicle check point at Glenluce on the A75.

And on the A701, there's ongoing water mains work at the Quarry Road junction in Dumfries.

Sunny spells in store

BBC Scotland Weather


There may well be a few patches of mist or freezing fog at first which will clear during the morning and there will be a frost in places.

A dry day to come with some good sunny spells.

Temperatures will reach 7 celsius at best with light mainly westerly winds.