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  1. Updates for Tuesday 10 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday 11 February

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

It's been another busy news day in the south of Scotland but that's it for our live page for today. We'll be back at 9am tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

A little cooler

BBC Scotland Weather


This evening and tonight, there's not much change.

It remains largely cloudy and dry. Some fog may develop over the high ground.

Lows of around 3 celsius so a little cooler than last night. Winds will be light, from the south west.

Jacket raid plea renewed

Police in Hawick are making a fresh appeal for information following a robbery at the Johnston's of Elgin mill shop on Mansfield Road around 2.30am last Thursday, 5 February.

Initial reports were that 11 Barbour jackets worth about £2,000 had been taken.

Further enquiries have identified several other items were stolen at the time, including a variety of men's outdoor jackets made by Polarquilt, Beaufort and Corbridge.

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tweets: Winter #running is hard to beat- beautifully inviting trails here in the Scottish Borders...

Winter trail
Leon McCarron

Bulletin time

Tune in again at 16:30 and 17:30 for our radio bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries.

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

Hockey launch

More from the launch of the women's world championship ice hockey tournament countdown earlier today.

Ice hockey

GB ladies will be in action at the event at Dumfries Ice Bowl from 30 March to 5 April.

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tweets: fun in Castle Street - thanks to all supporters and the media but mostly St Michaels P5! @FionaHyslop @BBCSouthScot

Robert the Bruce

Food produce plea

Food retailers are being urged to do some "soul searching" and look at

whether they can do more to get Scottish produce on the shelves.


Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead laid down the challenge in an address to the National Farmers' Union (NFU) Scotland.

Arts boost

A total of 19 projects from across Dumfries and Galloway are set to share £110,000 from the Regional Arts Fund.

Arts event
Colin Hattersley

More than 30 applications were made to the fund which is jointly financed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and Creative Scotland through the Place Partnership.

Exhibit appeal

The organisers of an exhibition on Kelso in World War One are appealing for artefacts.

The exhibition during Kelso Civic Week in July will focus on Life at the Front - including the Battle of Gallipoli, the Home Front and the impact on the whole community.

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You can now read all the stories from the South of Scotland on the new BBC news app.

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Download it and you can also follow our live page when you are away from your desk.

Privacy protection


Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Did you know it's Safer Internet Day today? Find out how to keep safe and protect your privacy online #SID2015

Student had indecent images

A university student who had about 50,000 indecent images of children on his computer

has been put on the sex offenders register.

They were found following a search of a property in Fountainhall, Selkirkshire, last May, by Police Scotland's cyber crime unit.

The images were discovered on a hard drive removed from the house.

At Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Heriot-Watt student Christopher Murdanaigum, 25, admitted the offence.

Council vote

An election will be held for the Denholm and District Community Council on Wednesday 18 February.

A total of 12 candidates are standing for the 10 seats on the community council.

Bill Henderson

The vote will take place in Denholm Village Hall, between 12noon and 8pm, with voting forms available in the hall during this time.

Fixture rearranged

Queen of the South's away fixture at Raith Rovers, postponed in January due to a waterlogged pitch, has now been rearranged for Tuesday 24 March with a 7:45pm kick off.

Pensioner's 'domino' fall

An artist who died after hitting her head while leaving an ambulance at Borders General Hospital

fell "like a domino", a fatal accident inquiry has been told.

Fiona Barber
Borders Press Agency

Fiona Barber, 71, was going down the steps of the vehicle backwards when she lost her grip and fell on top of a health worker who was guiding her.

He tried to break her fall but Mrs Barber hit the back of her head.

She died two weeks later at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Ice hockey countdown

The countdown is under way to the Women's World Championship Ice Hockey tournament at Dumfries Ice Bowl, which is being held from Monday 30 March to Sunday 5 April.

The Great Britain Ladies team will compete against top seeds Kazakhstan, plus Korea, Poland, New Zealand and Croatia to try and earn promotion from the International Ice Hockey Federation's Group 2A.

Outlander bid?

Amazon has declined to confirm reports

that it has acquired the UK rights to the US TV series Outlander.

Nick Briggs

Described as Scotland's answer to Game of Thrones, Outlander follows the story of Claire Randell, a nurse from 1946 who is swept back in time to 1743.

The TV series, which features Doune Castle and Loch Ness, is based on novels by US author Diana Gabaldon and stars New Galloway actor Sam Heughan.

President picked

Fife farmer Allan Bowie has been elected the 61st President of NFU Scotland.

Mr Bowie takes over one of the top jobs in Scottish agriculture from Borders farmer Nigel Miller, who steps down having served for four years.

Rob Livesey, from the Borders, and Dumfriesshire farmer Andrew McCornick were successfully elected as vice presidents.

School bid success

Six Dumfries and Galloway schools have been successful with bids to Education Scotland's Access to Education Fund.

Wallace Hall
Richard Webb

Auchencairn and Borgue Primary Schools (£8,460), Belmont Primary School (£4,640), Lochside Primary School (£1,600), Maxwelltown High School (£4,650), Penninghame Primary School (£2,000) and Wallace Hall Academy (£5,000) were the successful bidders.

The Access to Education fund aims to reduce the barriers to learning experienced by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Coastal call

Berwickshire News

A coalition of environmental charities says coastal communities

such as Berwickshire will suffer if the government fails to properly manage Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Members of Scottish Environment LINK say a long-term approach to management will boost the viability and sustainability of Scotland's fisheries, by protecting precious inshore habitats.

They criticised government plans which aim to protect only smaller patches of seabed from activities such as scallop dredging and bottom-trawling within some MPAs.

Vandalism probe

Police Scotland is investigating the report of a vandalism to a hydroelectric turbine which is sited at a house at Old Mill Cottage at Moffat.

Sometime between 03:00 hours and 04:00 on Monday a wooden hut at the locus was entered and the "invertor" part of the turbine tampered with, causing it to fall and cause damage.

Tour returns

The Tour of Britain

will return to Dumfries and Galloway in 2016.

Tour of Britain
The Tour of Britain last visited the south of Scotland in 2013.

A "high profile stage" of the cycle race will be held in the south-west of Scotland for the first time since 2013, according to the local council.

Sunny spells

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry afternoon to come in the Borders, with some brightness and sunny spells, especially for more eastern parts.

Highs of around 9 Celsius, with light south westerly winds.

In Dumfries and Galloway, cloud may be thick enough, at times, to produce some drizzle over the Galloway hills.

Tune in

Remember our local radio bulletins are on air at 12:30 today from Dumfries and Selkirk.

All the latest news, sport, travel and weather coming up.

Flare throwing denied

A Dundee United fan

has denied throwing flares on to the pitch ahead of his side's Scottish Cup victory over Stranraer.

Ryan Mulholland, 28, of Dundee, appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court after being arrested during Sunday's fifth-round tie, which United won 3-0.

Bonfire appeal

Fire crews were called out last night to put out a bonfire set alight near Kellwood Engineering on the Catherinefield Industrial Estate in Dumfries.

Fire appliances

Old pallets near the former Dumfries and Galloway College were set on fire at about 7.30pm.

Four or five youths, one wearing a red hooded top, were seen at the fire.

Ayr bound

There is plenty of south of Scotland interest at Ayr races this afternoon.

Langholm trainer James Ewart sends out Waky Highlander, Gilnockie, Quicuyo, Sa Suffit and Leading Score.

Ayr racecourse
G Laird

Hawick handler Bruce Mactaggart has Queens Regatta, Selkirk's Stuart Coltherd runs Aye Well and Berwickshire's Sandy Thomson's Buckled will also race.

Hawick jockeys Grant Cockburn and Craig Nichol are also in action.

Cup draw delight

Queen of the South boss James Fowler says he is happy to have landed a home tie with Falkirk at the quarter-final stage of the Scottish Cup.

"I think probably everybody looked at Spartans and Berwick as possibly the easier teams," he said.

James Fowler

"But you have got to give the teams that are in this stage of the competition respect.

"Falkirk at home is one of the ones - when you see Celtic at Dundee United and Inverness and the Premiership teams still in there - we would have taken before the draw I am sure."

Housebreaking probe

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following a housebreaking at Castle Dykes, Cockburnspath.

The incident occurred between 8.30am on Tuesday, 3 February and 3.30pm on Wednesday, 4 February.

Several high value items of jewellery were stolen along with a number of personal items.

Stop and search 'ignorance'

Rank and file police officers have accused politicians of

"ignorance" over consensual stop and searches.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed last week that senior officers at Police Scotland are considering ending the controversial tactic.

Stop and search
Police Scotland

But the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has now written to MSPs insisting the searches increase public safety.

Missing woman found

Missing Borders woman, Naomi Fawcett, has been found safe and well.

She was last seen at Borders General Hospital on Monday.

The 37-year-old was traced in the Earlston area at 10:00 today.

Police Scotland thanked its partners, including the RAF Search and Rescue Team, whose assistance was "greatly appreciated".

Turbine plea

Peeblesshire News

Renewable energy firms should pay compensation to householders whose lives are blighted - and properties devalued -

by the proximity of wind turbines.

That is the plea of the Lauderdale Preservation Group (LPG) in a submission to the Scottish Government which is considering new guidelines to improve public engagement when wind farm plans are unveiled.

Bruce boost

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

A campaign has been launched in Dumfries to develop a visitor centre on a site which played a pivotal role in Scottish history.

Bruce plea

A local trust wants to buy a former retail store which was built over a church where Robert the Bruce slayed John Comyn sparking the Wars of Independence.

Positivity growing

Phil Goodlad

BBC Scotland

Scotland's most-capped player, Chris Paterson,

believes there is a rising positivity around the national team despite their 15-8 defeat by France.

Chris Paterson

And he is backing the Scots to see off Wales in Edinburgh this weekend - if they iron out the mistakes made in their Six Nations opener in Paris.

Petition protest

Border Telegraph

Angry Borderers

are backing a petition to scrap a decision to bring the Great Tapestry of Scotland to Tweedbank.

Although the growing number of signatures can't be considered until the summer - the pressure of opinion is likely to allow for further debate at Newtown St Boswells.

Hospital fall action call

The family of a woman who died after falling from an ambulance

has said action is needed to avoid any similar incidents.

Borders General Hospital
Walter Baxter

Fiona Barber, 71, was attending a routine appointment at Borders General Hospital in 2009 when she fell.

She struck her head on the ground and died at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh two weeks later.

Missing woman

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for assistance in tracing a woman from the Melrose area.

Naomi Fawcett, who is 37 years old, was last seen at Borders General Hospital on Monday, at around 1.30pm.

Police are concerned for her welfare and are appealing for anyone who may have information as to her whereabouts.

Campaign launch


Dumfries and Galloway Standard

tweets: In #Dumfries this morning? head to Castle Street at 10am for the launch of a new campaign to honour Robert the Bruce

Bruce bonus?

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

It is the spot where Robert the Bruce began his bloody bid for the throne of Scotland, but it is marked with little more than a plaque.

Robert the Bruce

Now a major campaign

has been launched to recognise the freedom fighter's connections with Dumfries.

There are plans to create an interactive visitor centre on the site where Bruce clashed with John Comyn.