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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 23 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 24 February

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it for the South of Scotland Live page for Monday. We'll be back tomorrow at 09:00.

We'd love to know what you think about this service. You can email us on dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or you can tweet us @BBCSouthScot.

Windy spell

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A windy spell of weather overnight with gale to severe gales around the west coast and at times inland.

These come from the west before veering north west overnight. A Met Office yellow 'be aware' warning is in force.

Expect frequent squally showers of rain, with some hail or sleet to low levels at times. The showers will be of snow on the hills. Lows tonight around 2C or 3C and a few icy patches are possible in shelter from the wind and where the ground is wet.

Major diversion

There will be major overnight diversions on the A77 Stranraer to Girvan trunk route all this week.

It's to allow for essential repairs to a safety barrier south of Ballantrae.

Road closed sign
BBC

The road will be closed over five nights from tonight between 8pm and 6am.

Traffic heading north will be diverted along the A75 to Newton Stewart, and then via the A714 to Shallochpark roundabout at Girvan.

Woman injured in crash

A woman has been treated by ambulance staff after her car crashed near Cockburnspath this morning.

The accident happened at the Old Cambus junction just after 09:30. No other vehicle was involved.

It's not known if she was badly hurt.

Borders break-ins

Police have appealed for witnesses following break-ins to three homes in the Scottish Borders.

police officers
BBC

One property in Coldingham and two in the Eyemouth area were targeted between 07:30 and 16:45 on Wednesday.

A three-figure sum of foreign currency and various pieces of gold and silver jewellery, some of which is engraved, were among the items stolen.

Police Scotland believe the thefts are linked and want to trace anyone seen acting suspiciously in the areas at the time.

Radio times

Our local radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk are back on air at 16:30 and 17:30 tonight.

Tune in for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Southerness sky

@VisitScotland

Visit Scotland

tweets: Great pic of Southerness in Dumfries & Galloway under the stars by @S_Pitkeathly #astronomy #scotland

Southerness
S Pitkeithly

Melrose break-ins

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information following break-ins to an industrial estate in Melrose over the weekend.

The incidents occurred some time overnight from Saturday evening into Sunday morning when two businesses in Charlesfield Industrial Estate were broken into, although nothing of significant value was taken.

Det Con Andrew Hope said: "A blue Peugeot 307 was seen acting suspiciously near to the industrial estate around that time and was found abandoned shortly afterwards.

"We are appealing for any further information on this car."

Culture trust talks

Negotiations are to be held with the trust which operates sports facilities across the region to examine the possibility of creating an integrated sport and culture trust for the Borders.

Library books
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The Borders Sport and Leisure Trust was created in 2003 and currently operates the bulk of former council-run swimming pools and sports centres in the region.

Now councillors have agreed to ask BSLT to consider taking over responsibility for museums, halls, community centres and libraries currently directly run by Scottish Borders Council.

Football round-up

In the Lowland League, Selkirk's losing run continued with visitors East Kilbride taking a 2-1 win at the weekend.

While in the Lowland League Cup Vale of Leithen and Gala Fairydean Rovers drew 1-1 while Gretna came from behind with a 5-2 win over Dalbeattie Star at Islecroft.

In the South League, Dumfries YMCA went down 5-0 to Abbey Vale.

In the Challenge Cup third round, Heston Rovers were 4-3 winners at Lochar Thistle; Mid Annandale lost 3-2 at home to St Cuthberts; and Wigtown beat Newton Stewart 2-0. In the Tweedie Cup first round, Upper Annandale were 3-0 winners at Creetown.

Dandie day

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

More than 50 Dandie Dinmont terrier and their owners have arrived at The Haining estate near Selkirk in a celebration of the breed.

Dogs
BBC

Every single one of the world's population of Dandie Dinmonts

can be traced back to a pair bred in the Borders.

The dogs have come from all over the world as part of events that also mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering in which the author gave the name to the breed.

Van stolen

A white Ford Transit van with the registration number PY57 KLF was stolen from a house at Kirtlebridge, Lockerbie at around 21:00 hours on Friday.

The van was used by a builder and contained over £2,500 worth of tools, including a laser level, a Stihl handsaw, Makita drill and other builders tools.

Police are keen to trace a male who was dressed in a black hooded top, black trousers with Adidas white stripes who was seen in the area at this time.

Borders rugby round-up

There were six tries - evenly shared - at Netherdale at the weekend, but it was Melrose who took the spoils as they despatched Gala 24-17.

Rugby ball
BBC

Meanwhile, down at Mansfield Park, Hawick welcomed Edinburgh Accies and the Raeburn Place side made the Greens work hard for their 14-7 victory.

In the National League Selkirk made it 18 wins in a row with their 32-0 win over Jed-forest.

At Poynder Park Kelso had to settle for a share in the spoils when they drew 25-all with visitors Marr.

But for Peebles there was a heavy defeat at Myreside at the hands of hosts Watsonians.

More views: Dumfries yarn-bombing

dumfries@bbc.co.uk

Michael Van Beinum emails: 100% behind yarn bombers - go, yarn bombers, go!! Council stuffy and dull, need to lighten up - it's a bit of fun, but draws playful attention to an important issue.

John May emails: Yarn bombing? What an odd expression, but a delightful and cheery way to draw attention to real problems.

I'm glad D&G Council have "softened" their approach. It sounds as if someone with a bit more of a sense of humour has become involved!

Caroline Young emails: The council really needs to get a life! The vast majority will have smiled and seen the knitting/crocheting for what it is: injection of colour and cheer.

'Positive' flood solution sought

Leading MSPs

have called for a row over flood prevention plans for Dumfries to be brought to a "positive conclusion".

At a meeting of the parliament's public petitions committee, they were urged to stop the government funding the £12m project.

Flooding (Pic: Colin Colthart)
BBC

The group's convener, John Pentland MSP, said the issue can be resolved positively.

It was one of three petitions raised at the meeting in Dumfries on Monday.

Ice risk

@SETrunkRoads

Amey SE Trunk Roads

tweets: With risk of #ice, #frost and #snow patrols will be running overnight, with additional Tractors on #A68 Carter Bar & #A68 Soutra #winterinfo

Mixed weekend on the ice

In the National Ice Hockey League, it was a mixed weekend for the Dumfries-based Solway Sharks.

After a 4-1 win over Sheffield Spartans at the Ice Bowl on Saturday, the Sharks went down 6-3 at Billingham yesterday.

Whitesands flood warning

Police report that a flood warning has been issued for the Whitesands in Dumfries for this afternoon.

River Nith Dumfries
BBC

A combination of high tide and surge conditions within the Solway Firth accompanied by waves and high to gale force winds is likely to result in "elevated water levels".

High tide is expected at about 14:45 but police said flooding could occur before and after that time.

Second falcon farm bid

Border Telegraph

Plans have been lodged to create

a secondary falcon breeding farm in the Borders to supply birds to the Qatar royal family.

Sheik Fahad al-Thani wants to develop a former equestrian farm near Bonchester Bridge into a falcon breeding centre and hack pen.

The Windrsuh farmhouse, which was bought in October for £280,000, is just a mile from another falcon breeding farm at Weensmuir.

Linked in

@BordersRailway

The Borders Railway

tweets: Thanks to our signalling colleagues who successfully linked @BordersRailway to the rest of the network on Sunday

Rail map
Borders Railway

No joy for Berwick

BBC Sport

Scotland

Paul Woods scored a late goal to secure victory for Queen's Park

against Berwick Rangers and send them top of the League Two table.

The breakthrough arrived after 75 minutes when Ross McPherson popped up in the box to net from close range.

Banner unveiled

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

Professional artists and students from Lockerbie Academy have unveiled a six-metre high banner inspired by the town's buildings.

Hung from the bottom are around 50 coins also designed by pupils and minted using a special bicycle-powered foundry.

Tapestry
BBC

The artwork has been put on display in the school's main entrance space.

The project was a joint initiative by Dumfries and Galloway's education service and Spring Fling - the art and craft open studios event.

Snow on high ground

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Showers will continue to become more frequent this afternoon, although any snow will tend to be confined to high ground.

Some brightness at times but staying windy with a strong southwesterly, touching gale force along the Galloway coast.

It will remain largely dry across the eastern Borders with some sunshine. Showers will tend to become more frequent in the west with snow falling over high ground.

A cold feel thanks to the wind values of around 5 or 6 celsius.

Tune in

Make sure you don't miss the local radio bulletins for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway at 12:30.

Then there is more to come from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

Armstrong savours Snowman success

Jock Armstrong powered his Subaru Impreza to victory on Saturday's opening round of the 2015 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship in Inverness.

Rally victory
LindsayPhotoSport

The Castle Douglas ace, co-driven by Paula Swinscoe, completed the five forest stages of the Arnold Clark Thistle Hotel Snowman Rally with a 16-second advantage over the chasing pack.

Mike Faulkner from Kirtlebridge was third in a Mitsubishi EVO, while top seed and former champion David Bogie was forced to retire his Ford Fiesta R5+ with clutch problems after two stages.

Stranraer's lead cut

BBC Sport

Scotland

Morton scored a goal in each half to extend their unbeaten run and

cut the gap on League One leaders Stranraer to a point on Saturday.

Chris Aitken and Grant Gallagher went close to firing the visitors in front before Declan McManus converted Ross Caldwell's cross to send Ton ahead.

Chainsaws taken

Police Scotland is investigating

the theft of 31 chainsaws with a value approaching £20,000 from a workshop at The Barony College, Parkgate, Dumfries.

The chainsaws, Husquvarna and Stihl make, were stolen sometime between 16:30 on Friday and 09:00 on Saturday.

Chainsaw
Thinkstock

A dark green coloured trailer was also stolen at this time.

Merger considered

Southern Reporter

Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway councils

are considering merging their assessor and electoral registration services in a bid to cut costs and avoid duplication.

The proposal to form a new public body - a Valuation Joint Board - to cover the services in both regions was conveyed to D & G councillors last week.

They heard that SBC had "expressed an interest" in the merger, to take effect in 2016 when the statutory 2017 revaluation of non-domestic properties has been completed.

Your views: Dumfries yarn-bombing

dumfries@bbc.co.uk

Gordon Watson emails: As a regular cyclist around Dumfries I can confirm that the state of the cycle paths with litter is an absolute disgrace - the entire length of the cycle path, many miles, is completely covered in plastic and cans and smashed glass.

I genuinely in all the 5 years I have cycled daily on the paths have never seen one person picking litter.

The issue of unmarked and difficult to see metal barriers has been creatively highlighted by the yarn bombing and for the council to want to remove them because they are "litter" is so laughable it's crazy.

Nick emails: Yarn bombing is a bit of fun, and should be encouraged. The council shouldn't be stuffy and object out of hand.

However it must be managed. Damaged bombs must be repaired or removed, so they don't become litter. Care must be taken not to create a danger, so it is good to collaborate with the council, who may even offer advice and assistance.

Elementary discovery

A long-lost Sherlock Holmes story

has been rediscovered more than a hundred years after it was first published.

Conan Doyle
Getty Images
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the 1,300-word Sherlock Holmes story in 1904 to raise money for a bridge in Selkirk, Scotland

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the story, titled Sherlock Homes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar, in 1904 to raise money for a bridge in Selkirk, Scotland.

Fracking call

Anti-fracking groups have called on the Scottish government

to extend its moratorium on the development of unconventional gas.

They want it to include underground coal gasification (UCG), a technique used to produce gas from coal seams deep underground.

Coal gasification plant
Alamy

There are already plans to exploit remaining coal reserves deep beneath the Firth of Forth and the Solway.

Annan beat table toppers

BBC Sport

Scotland

Steven Swinglehurst and Peter Weatherson grabbed the goals as

Annan got the better of League Two leaders Arbroath at the weekend.

Home keeper Jordan Hart twice denied Paul McManus before Thomas Grant also went close for the visitors.

Curling titles taken

BBC Sport

Scotland

Eve Muirhead's rink has reclaimed the Scottish Women's Curling Championship

with a 6-5 win over Hannah Fleming.

Eve Muirhead led her team to the 2015 Scottish Women's Championship.
SNS

In the men's championship there was a shock defeat for Lockerbie's David Murdoch who saw his side fall 9-6 to defending champion Ewan MacDonald.

Good to go

@SP_Petitions

The Scottish Parliament's petitions committee

tweets: Nearly all set up and ready to go here in Dumfries for this morning's meeting. #PDDumfries

Committee prepared
Scottish Parliament

No 'hidden agenda'

NHS Borders has said it has no plans to close hospitals and

has no "hidden agenda" after it approved an 18-month review of its services.

Hawick hospital
Walter Baxter

It said communities would be "fully engaged" in the process.

Chairman John Raine said the debate had been "hijacked by controversy about hospital closures".

Weather warning

Weather forecasters are warning of hazardous driving conditions on Monday and Tuesday

as frequent sleet, snow and hail showers sweep across Scotland.

Gritter truck
Thinkstock

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for snow and ice across Scotland until Tuesday night.

Snow showers caused disruption on some routes on Monday morning, including on parts of the A9, M80 and M74.

Mainly dry start

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A mainly dry cold start apart from the odd shower.

There will be a risk of icy patches on untreated surfaces, there is a Met Office yellow warning out for ice.

Showers will tend to become more frequent during the day and they will be wintry over high ground with snow settling here.

Feeling cold with strong southwesterly wind, highs of 5 or 6 Celsius.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome back to our live page service for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Stick with us until 5pm for updates throughout the day with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.