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  1. Updates for Monday 9 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 10 February

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

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

Largely dry night

BBC Scotland Weather


It will remain largely dry and cloudy in Dumfries and Galloway. Again, some very light and patchy rain is possible, especially so along the Galloway coast, but really it's another dry night.

Lows of 5 or 6 Celsius. Winds will remain light.

In the Borders, it will also remain dry, with some clear spells, allowing a patchy frost and some fog to develop in places.

Lows generally around 2-3 Celsius, though lower for some sheltered, rural spots.

Capital trip beckons

Berwickshire News

Berwick have been handed the opportunity of a trip to SPL side Hibernian in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup

. . . if they can beat Spartans in next week's replay.

In the draw, which was made at Hampden today by world darts champion Gary Anderson, Rangers or Spartans were paired with the Edinburgh side in the last eight.

Concert interest

Tickets have gone on sale for the

Status Quo's stadium gig in Dumfries.

Status Quo

The rockers will perform at Queen of the South's Palmerston Park on 5 June.

Victoria Thomson from the Dumfries club said the concert had already been attracting interest from far and wide.

Payment help bids rise

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Applications for financial help from tenants in Dumfries and Galloway

have increased more than three-fold since welfare reforms were introduced.

A total of 42 bids were made to the council for discretionary housing payments in January 2013.

They have risen to more than 150 applications a month over the last year, since the introduction of the so-called bedroom tax.

Tune in

Don't miss our last radio bulletins of the day at 16:30 and 17:30.

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

Scotland shirt


The Scottish FA

tweets: What do you think of Gary Anderson's Scotland jersey? #WeAreScotland

Scottish FA

Pitch plan


Peeblesshire News

tweets: Pitch plans unveiled in Peebles

Gala delight

Gala Fairydean Rovers had a good day at Netherdale on Saturday, making it 5-1 against visitors Dalbeattie Star in the Lowland League.

And in the East of Scotland League, while many of the games were frozen off, Coldstream drew 2-2 with visitors Civil Service Strollers and Duns despatched hosts Burntisland Shipyard 2-0.

Wind farm mast planned

A meteorological mast is to be put in place to assess a site in the Borders' suitability for a seven-turbine wind farm.

Met mast
Banks Renewables

Banks Renewables is considering the site at Heriot for the Hunt Law development.

Assault appeals

Police in Dumfries want to trace three men who appear to have been assaulted by one man near to the Clydesdale Bank cash machine in High Street in the town at around 23:30 hours on Saturday.

Police reviewing CCTV footage of the area observed the incident.

In another assault, the driver of a black Ford Kuga car was assaulted at the junction of the Whitesands car park in Dumfries, near to Knox Sports Shop, at around 02:30 hours on Sunday.

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tweets: Mist looms at the foot of Criffel #galloway now back to the studio!

Ailsa Black

Good draw


Queen of the South goalkeeper Jim Atkinson

tweets: Falkirk at home. Good draw!

Missing out

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Looks as if Mark Kerr and John Baird who left Queen of the South for Falkirk in the winter window will have to sit out their Scottish Cup quarter final.

Both players featured for the Doonhamers earlier in the competition.

Bairns clash in cup

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Queen of the South have already met Falkirk three times this season on league duty with one win and two draws for the Dumfries side.

They last met in the Scottish Cup in 2009 when the Bairns won 4-2 but the last time they met in the Scottish Cup at Palmerston in 1979 finished 1-1 before the Doonhamers won through in a replay 4-0.

Eight teams remain

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

A wee reminder of the teams left in the Scottish Cup draw.

Left in the hat are Queen of the South, Berwick Rangers or Spartans, Celtic, Falkirk, Hibs, Inverness Caley Thistle, Dundee United and Raith Rovers.

Cup draw


Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

tweets: #ScottishCup quarter final draw coming up.

Cup draw

Gretna thefts

Police are seeking witnesses to a theft which took place at the Blacksmith's Shop, Gretna Green, at about 15:45 hours on Saturday.

At that time two white men, aged about 30 years, were seen acting suspiciously in the shop, and after they left it was discovered that eight DAKs polo shirts had been stolen.

The value of the shirts stolen is over £450.

There is no description of the men however they may have been travelling in a blue coloured people carrier type vehicle.

New farming leader

Scotland's farmers union is holding its AGM today and tomorrow in St Andrews.


By the end of the gathering, NFU Scotland will have a new leader.

Borders-based President Nigel Miller stands down tonight after four years at the helm - two two-year terms being the maximum allowed.

Inquest to resume

An inquest into the death of a security guard from Peebles, murdered by a colleague in Iraq, is due to resume today.

Paul McGuigan, along with another workmate Darren Hoare was shot dead by Danny Fitzsimons, a former paratrooper from Rochdale.

'Commute from Edinburgh'

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

Alistair McKinnon, of Scottish Enterprise, tells the Scottish Affairs Committee: "We believe there are opportunities to encourage people to commute down from Edinburgh to the borders to work."

He disagrees that organisations have been too slow to act to take full advantage of new rail line to Borders.

'Not too late'

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

Bruce Simpson of Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce tells Scottish Affairs Committee that moves to take advantage of benefits of Borders rail line have been too slow.

"It's been late, but not too late," he said. When pushed to say why, Mr Simpson said it had been lack of coordination: "No-one is in charge".

Cup hopes


Berwick Rangers

tweets: The draw for the quarter-finals will take place 2pm today on @SkySportsNewsHQ. Who would you like and where should we beat Spartans?

Berwick face replay

BBC Sport


Ally MacKinnon scored a stoppage time equaliser

to earn Lowland League Spartans a Scottish Cup replay.

Spartans V Berwick

League Two Berwick Rangers had edged ahead in the first half when Paul Willis drilled the ball into the top corner from outside the box.

Mild and dry

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry afternoon to come, with some bright and sunny spells.

A mild feel for the time of year, with highs of around 10 Celsius.

Winds from the west or north west will be light.

Bulletin time

Tune in at 12:30 for our latest radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk with all the latest news from around our region.

3G 'would be nice'

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

Brian Richardson of Dumfries and Galloway Council is asked at Scottish Affairs Committee in Galashiels his views on superfast broadband being widely available by 2017.

He replies that 3G would be nice just now in some areas of south of Scotland.

Turbine policy attacked

A group of land and heritage bodies

has joined forces to attack the Scottish government's wind farm policy.

Wind farm
Getty Images

The rural alliance, including the National Trust for Scotland and Ramblers Scotland, accused ministers of ignoring their own advisers to back controversial large-scale developments.

Everyone unhappy?

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

Ian Davidson questions Scottish Enterprise representatives on whether restructuring their organisation in south of Scotland would bring benefits to the area.

Alistair McKinnon defends SE system saying it is working. "Why is everyone unhappy then?" asks Mr Davidson.

"Speak to companies we deal with," replies Paul Lewis of SE. Mr Davidson counters people who get money are general happy.

It's more than money say SE, it's advice and support to all kinds of businesses.

'Three years behind'

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

Bruce Simpson of Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce tells Scottish Affairs Committee that roll out of superfast broadband to Borders by 2017 is "all very well".

But he claims nothing else being done in the meantime means Borders will just be "three years behind everyone else" by then.

Diner disturbance

Police in Dumfries want to trace about five or six male youths who were ejected from the McDonalds fast food outlet in Lochside Road in the town for causing a disturbance at around 23:30 hours on Friday.

McDonald's restaurant

As they were leaving one of the youths kicked and smashed a window in the door to the premises.

The youths are described as being about 16 or 17 years of age.

'Don't bother us'

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

Ian Davidson questions Michael Moore about attitudes in the Borders at the Scottish Affairs Committee.

He compares Borders with Highlands and Islands which he says is far more vocal.

He questions if there is a fatalism in the Borders, an "aye-been-ism". Mr Davidson says the committee invited councillors to attend and "they sent officials", he said there seemed to be an attitude of "go away and don't bother us".

He asked if people of the Borders were being let down badly by this response. Mr Moore said it shouldn't reflect on the wider Borders and said he couldn't speak for the council.

'Olympic moment'

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

The Scottish Affairs Committee is sitting in Galashiels today.

Giving evidence, Michael Moore MP says the Borders area is not just a nice place to live in and visit it is "fully plugged into global economy".

He told the committee that the opening of the Borders rail line in September must be "an Olympic moment" for the Borders, an opportunity for the area that can't be wasted.

Bingo bonanza


Border Telegraph

tweets: Galashiels pensioners celebrate Bingo bonanza

Committee meets

The Scottish Affairs Committee is in Galashiels today for a full day of evidence about "issues facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues".

Borders campus
Walter Baxter

The day's meetings are taking place at the Borders College.