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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 20 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 23 February

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Feeling good

@teammurdoch

Team Murdoch

tweets: Topped the standings with an 8-1 record! We play @TeamMouat in the 1v2 game tomorrow at 12. #playoffs #feelinggood

Gritters on the go

@scotborders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Temperatures set to dip this weekend so our gritters will be out later this afternoon and will check again first thing tomorrow #sbctravel

Gritter
Scottish Borders Council

Turning colder

BBC Scotland Weather

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This evening it turns colder and the showers hold on, especially so across Galloway and bringing snowfall to higher ground.

Becoming mainly dry and clear further east though with a widespread frost as temperatures dip to around freezing in town and sub zero in the countryside.

Expect some icy patches as the temperature falls and where the ground is wet. A Met Office Yellow 'be aware' is in force.

Tune in again

Two more radio bulletins to come today for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for all the latest.

Council updates yarn-bombing stance

A fresh statement has been issued by Dumfries and Galloway Council over the yarn-bombing in Dumfries earlier in the week.

"We appreciate arts and crafts in the region and this is certainly a very colourful way to draw attention to an issue," it said.

Woolly thing
BBC

"If the group contact the council we would be happy to listen to their thoughts."

Your views: Yarn-bombing

dumfries@bbc.co.uk

David Martin emails: I think it's a real shame the council is taking this line. I assumed after the DG1 leisure centre "pantomime" that they had a fabulous sense of humour, clearly that is not the case!

It's doing no harm, it's a bit of fun, gets Dumfries in the news. What's the issue?

Draft flood plans approved

Three draft plans aimed at protecting communities at the greatest risk of flooding in the region have been approved by Scottish Borders Council (SBC).

Sandbags
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The Tweed, Solway and Forth Estuary Local Plan Districts (LPD) will now go to public consultation for three months from 2 March, along with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency's (SEPA) draft Flood Risk Management Strategies.

Your views: Yarn-bombing

dumfries@bbc.co.uk

Alison Burns emails: D and G Council are so miserable! They could leave the yarnbombing up for a month or 6 weeks at least.

John Marshall emails: It wouldn't surprise me if the Council when removing them will have warning signs, flashing lights and hi viz clothing along with safety helmets, to warn users. Reporting defects to the Council well that hasn't been a success has it - potholes, abandons road signs and real litter everywhere. These barriers are a danger to cyclists and the ones on the cycle route at Beattock Summit are the worst ever.

Chanel surge

Paris fashion house Chanel has unveiled plans

to expand its workforce at its Border knitwear factory to meet a surge in demand.

The company bought Barrie Knitwear in Hawick in October 2012.

Model showing Chanel fashion
Chanel

The move secured all 176 jobs at the firm and since then an additional 60 workers have been taken on.

Sales director Clive Brown said the company would need to take on the same number again over the next two years.

Dumfries yarn-bombing: Your views

dumfries@bbc.co.uk

Christa Duncan in Edinburgh emails: I think the Yarn Bombing is lovely! Keep up the good work! Surely the council has plenty of other things to be concerned about! And if we are talking about litter, I see plenty of dog fouling bags hanging in trees that should be more of an issue than a piece of wool!

Nora Greer in Belfast emails: Clearly that Council has no sense of humour, positivity or creativity at all!! Yarnbombing makes people smile and brightens the day. And a lot of skilled and time consuming work has obviously gone into those pieces. I think they are delightful - and also clearly drawing attention to an important safety message.

Dumfries is lucky in its creative Guerilla Knitters and unlucky in its misery-guts Council

Yarn-bombing 'is litter'

Colourful knitting left on a cycle path was "littering" and it will be removed,

according to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Yarn bombs
BBC

Dumfries was "yarn-bombed" on Tuesday night by a group known as the "Bollard and Chicane Protection Authority".

Great memories

@Redskymanagemnt

Red Sky Management

tweets: One year ago today this happened for @Team_Muirhead #Sochimemories #OneYearOn #teamredsky

Curlers win
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Ice work

In the National Ice Hockey League, the Solway Sharks have a home game tomorrow when Sheffield Spartans visit. Face-off for the match at the Ice Bowl is 7pm.

Peeblesshire News

Friday is a busy day for south of Scotland newspapers with the Peeblesshire News among those being published today.

Front page
Peeblesshire News

Dumfries and Galloway rugby

In rugby tomorrow, Dumfries travel to fellow title chasers Preston Lodge in National League Division three.

While in the regional leagues, there's a local derby in West One, with Newton Stewart at home to Annan.

Elsewhere in the West, there are home games for Stewartry, Wigtownshire and Moffat. And Langholm are away at Hawick Harlequins.

'Tough game'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

There's a top of the table meeting in League One, as leaders Stranraer head to second placed Morton.

Stranraer manager Stephen Aitken
SNS

The Blues hold a four point advantage over their hosts and manager Stephen Aitken knows if they can maintain that, then they'll be high up the league come May.

"As I said at the start of the season, anybody who finishes close to Morton and Dunfermline will find themselves in a good position," he said.

"It will be a tough game, I am looking forward to going back - I spent many years there.

"Hopefully we can give a better account of ourselves than we did the last time there but I think we showed down here that we can match them and we'll certainly try and do that again."

Waste plant binned

Multi-million pound plans to build a plant which would produce energy from waste

have been scrapped.

Binbag
other

Scottish Borders Council wanted to build an "integrated waste management facility" at Easter Langlee near Galashiels.

But it has cancelled a £2.4m contract with its project partner New Earth Solutions, a waste treatment developer.

Hearts 'not unbeatable'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

A bumper crowd is expected at Palmerston tomorrow, as Queen of the South welcome Championship leaders Hearts.

Jamie Walker holds off Queen of the South's Kevin Holt
SNS

It's a game Queens boss James Fowler knows will be tough but it's one he's looking forward to.

"We want the big teams to be here," he said. "You want to test yourself against the best - whether it's as a player or as a coach and a manager.

"The players that Hearts have got, I think they have shown that they are quality but they are not unbeatable either."

Rapist jailed for 10 years

A rapist who carried out a series of brutal attacks on four women

has been jailed for 10 years.

Judge John Morris told James Gellately, 27, he was a "real and present danger" to the public, especially women.

He was found guilty of four rapes, an indecent assault and three assault offences.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Gellately attacked his first victim in 2006 and 2007 at houses in Dumfries, Ecclefechan, Annan and Eastriggs.

Dog fouling fight

Hawick News

Two Hawick councillors are taking the battle

against dog fouling to the top of Scottish Borders Council.

And another is claiming he deals with more dog fouling calls than everything else put together.

Borders rugby round-up

Tomorrow sees the penultimate round of matches in the Premiership for Gala, Melrose and Hawick.

The big derby is between Gala and Melrose at Netherdale with Melrose already guaranteed a play-off place - Gala, Hawick, Currie, Stirling and Glasgow Hawks are vying for that fourth spot.

Rugby ball
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The Greens - currently five points adrift - are at home to Edinburgh Accies.

In the National League Division 1 Selkirk go for their 18th straight win in the league - in a local derby against Jedforest at Philiphaugh. Peebles are off to Watsonians while Kelso host Marr.

Bright afternoon

BBC Scotland Weather

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A bright afternoon with sunny intervals and a few showers pushing through on a brisk westerly wind and wintry on high ground.

A colder feel to the day with highs of 5 to 6 celsius and those westerly winds fresh at times.

Don't forget

The news bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk are half an hour earlier than usual at 12:00 on a Friday.

Catch the latest local, national and international news on your radio with further updates at 16:30 and 17:30.

Tough task

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

In league two, Annan face a tough home game tomorrow as table-toppers Arbroath visit Galabank.

Allan Moore's side currently sit 13 points ahead of Jim Chapman's men who in fourth, occupy the final play-off place.

Inquiry draws to a close

Closing submissions are taking place this morning at a fatal accident inquiry into how a pensioner died, after falling from an ambulance at Borders General Hospital.

Borders General Hospital
Walter Baxter

Last week the inquiry at Selkirk Sheriff Court heard Fiona Barber's son describe her death as a "preventable accident".

Square shock

Border Telegraph

It was only reopened at the end of last year after being given a major makeover at taxpayers' expense.

But community councillors heard local residents were left "shocked" this week when

a power company began digging up the Square in Kelso.

Kelso Community Council heard several test pits were dug as workers tried to find a fault which plunged the town centre into darkness.

Snow warnings

The Met Office has a couple of its lowest level "be aware"

warnings in place for snow in southern Scotland.

One runs from Friday at 20:00 until 10:00 on Saturday. The second is for all day on Monday.

Late kick-off

Berwick Rangers are away to Queen's Park tomorrow in their pursuit of a play-off place.

Kick off is not until 5.30pm.

Train drama

The Annandale Observer hits the news stands today and leads with a story of a train stop drama.

Annandale Observer
Annandale Observer

Get involved

dumfries@bbc.co.uk

The big match in the Championship tomorrow sees Queen of the South take on Hearts at Palmerston.

Can Queens get the win to boost their play-off prospects or are the Edinburgh side too strong?

Let us know your thoughts on email at dumfries@bbc.co.uk or tweet us on @BBCSouthScot.

Reilly ruled out

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard reveals hitman Gavin Reilly is set to miss Queen of the South's big match with Hearts.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries Standard

Wildlife crime claims

David Miller

BBC Scotland environment correspondent

Scotland's international reputation as a haven for wildlife is at risk because of the country's failure to investigate and prosecute wildlife crime effectively,

it has been claimed.

Golden eagle
Thinkstock

The findings of a new report, which include the suggestion that offences are greatly under-reported, have been described as a "damning indictment".

Whisky theft

Police Scotland is investigating the theft of 60 bottles of whisky from a lorry which was parked in the lorry parking area of the Gretna Service Area, Gretna.

The theft happened sometime between 22:00 on Wednesday and 07:00 hours on Thursday.

The whisky, Famous Grouse make, was stolen from the trailer of the lorry and is valued at nearly £1,000.

Front page news

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and it leads on the story that a rapist is appealing against his sentence.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries Standard

Pate firm spreads out

More than 1,000 tonnes of pate could be produced at a Dumfries and Galloway factory annually,

following the opening of a multi-million pound extension.

Pate
Castle MacLellan

The building has almost doubled the size of the Castle MacLellan base at Kirkcudbright.

Sunny intervals

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A cold and frosty start with the risk of icy stretches where the ground is freezing and wet from any showers overnight.

Then the day is similar to yesterday. Bright with sunny intervals and a few showers once again pushing through on a brisk westerly wind.

These most frequent in Dumfriesshire, and wintry on high ground. A colder feel to the day with highs of 5 to 6 celsius and those westerly winds fresh at times.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning from the south of Scotland where the sun is out, the newsdesk is busy and football fans are looking forward to Queen of the South taking on high-flying Hearts and all the other weekend action.

Stick with us until 5pm for regular updates on everything happening across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.