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  1. Updates for Tuesday 3 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday 4 March

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for today, good luck to Annan Athletic and Stranraer in action tonight and watch out for icy conditions on the roads.

We're back tomorrow morning from 9am with all the news, sport, weather and travel for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Calvin Harris to headline V

Dumfries DJ Calvin Harris will headline

this year's V Festival.

Calvin Harris

Kasabian, Sam Smith and George Ezra will also top the line-up at the event on the 22 and 23 August in Staffordshire and Chelmsford.

Stenny bound


Reporter Laurence Nelson

tweets: Looking forward to covering @StenhousemuirFC v @StranraerFC for @swfreepress and @BBCSouthScot tonight

Call to solve A77 problem

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has called for action to prevent future landslips on the A77 Stranraer to Ayr road.

Russell Brown MP

He wants to meet with operator Scotland Transerv to discuss the problems on the road north of Cairnryan, which has led to lengthy diversions over the winter.

He said: "It's a strategic road vitally important to local communities and two ferry terminals so we have got to get this put right."

Isolated showers

BBC Scotland Weather


There will be some further scattered showers to end the day and windy too, with strengthening west to south-westerly winds. The showers becoming more isolated overnight, wintry only over the hills.

Long clear spells will lead to a frost in places sheltered from the west to north-westerly breeze, and a risk of ice, as temperatures dip to freezing, with a Met Office Yellow "be aware" warning for this valid until tomorrow morning.

Youth employment boost

Councils in the south of Scotland will receive a financial boost to help support young people towards employment.

Job advert

Dumfries and Galloway Council will get £233,193 from the Scottish Government, while the Scottish Borders has been awarded £165,262.

Radio bullletins

Tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 to hear the latest news, sport and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

Wickerman help for African orphan

A collection at the funeral of Wickerman founder Jamie Gilroy raised more than £2,4000 for an African orphan.

Jamie Gilroy
Drew Geddes
Wickerman founder Jamie Gilroy died in December

Rerrick Events, the non-profit arm of the festival, has been fundraising to educate 10 year old James Okeyo in Tanzania for four years.

Jennie Camm, Mr Gilroy's daughter and festival director, said: "Both Mum and I were overwhelmed at the generosity of those who attended and I am delighted that this will enable us to support James in furthering his education, something he wouldn't be able to achieve, on his own, as an orphan in Tanzanian.

"He is an extremely bright and engaging boy and we are thrilled that in some way we are helping him with a solid education and ensuring an exciting future ahead of him."

Royal approval

Border Telegraph

A member of the Royal Family is being lined up to open the £354m Borders Railway on Friday, September 4,

when a steam train will make the historic inaugural passenger journey between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank.

The news was flagged up at Thursday's meeting of the Eildon Area Forum in Galashiels by Stuart Mackay, communications manager of main contractors BAM Nuttall.

Faith in Scotland

Phil Goodlad

BBC Scotland

Former Scotland stand-off Dan Parks is convinced the national side are heading in the right direction,

despite their latest Six Nations disappointment.

Dan Parks

A 22-19 defeat at home to Italy on Saturday has left Vern Cotter's Scots with three defeats from three Six Nations matches this year.

Abbotsford chief appointed

The Abbotsford Trust, which looks after Sir Walter Scott's historic former home near Melrose, has appointed Giles Ingram as its chief executive.

Giles Ingram
Abbotsford Trust

The 46-year-old boasts a wide range of experience in the tourism and culture sectors.

Wylie in GT Championship

Thornhill's Ross Wylie has confirmed that he'll be competing in the 2015 British GT Championship with Von Ryan Racing.

Ross Wylie

The 23-year-old will drive a McLaren GT-3 alongside Northern Ireland's Andrew Watson in the seven-race series, which begins at Oulton Park on Easter Monday.

Meanwhile Wylie has been selected as a British Racing Drivers' Club SuperStar for 2015.

The scheme is designed to work with the most talented young British drivers to enhance their physical and mental fitness, communication, media and marketing skills.

Margaret cleans up

A Langholm woman has received the Clean Up Scotland Hero of the Month award in recognition of her efforts to clear litter from her hometown for 23 years.

Margaret Pool and Aileen McLeod
Malcolm McCurrach

Margaret Pool is a long-serving member of Bonnie Langholm, a charity set up to improve the appearance of the town.

The committee organises events such as the annual spring and autumn clean ups.

She was presented with her award by Environment Minister Aileen McLeod at Holyrood.

House-building increase

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

The number of

new homes built in Scotland has risen, according to government figures.

House wall under construction

In the year to the end of September last year, 15,436 homes were completed - up 6% on the previous year.

Annan to face Clyde

League Two play-off contenders Annan Athletic are back in action this evening when they travel to Broadwood to face Clyde.

Scottish League Two

After again surrendering the lead in Saturday's defeat at East Fife, boss Jim Chapman says it's high time the Galabank side learned how to dig in and see out games.

"I have seen it week in, week out every time we come away from home, we need to learn to be cute and professional at times.

"There's a lot of naivety in the team. They're quite young but at the same time the more experienced players have to learn to take responsibility."

Newcastle Races

Hawick jockeys Wilson Renwick and Craig Nichol are both in action at Newcastle Races this afternoon.

Renwick's best chance looks to be Court Dismissed in the 15:20, while Nichol is rising Settled Out Of Court in the 15:50.

Meanwhile Ginger Jack, owned by Lochmaben businessman Hal McGhie, is due to run in the 16:20.


Annan Athletic FC

tweets: Tonight's match against @ClydeFC had passed a pitch inspection and is on.

Borders youth unrest

Police and housing associations are being asked to help

combat a growing anti-social behaviour problem on a Borders housing estate.

Walter Baxter

The multi-agency gathering involves local politicians, police officers, housing providers and others.

Watson McAteer, who represents the Hawick and Denholm ward which includes Burnfoot, said a minority of young people were causing a lot of unrest.

Teeing off

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Scott Gibson of Southerness joins Connor Syme in the second round of the South African Amateur Open after 2&1 victory over Matt Saulez (Gowrie Farm Golf Club, SA)

Golf success

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Former Dumfries and County player, Connor Syme, has booked his place in the second round of the South African Amateur Championship after recording a 2&1 victory over Henri van der Walt (De Zalze Golf Club, SA).

Big Country at Queen's ground

Big Country has been

lined up to support Status Quo at Palmerston Park this summer.

Big Country
Paul M Green

The Scottish band is famous for hit singles Fields of Fire, Chance and In a Big Country and their album The Crossing earned three Grammy nominations.

They appeared at the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries in 2014.

The gig at Queen of the South's home ground is on 5 June.

Was King Arthur Scottish?

Peeblesshire News

What do Avalon, Camelot and a tract of land just a few miles away from Peebles have in common?

Answer - they all have strong links to the legendary King Arthur.

After painstaking research a leading historian is convinced that the British warrior and hero came from Scotland -

and he fought one his battles at Dreva, just a few miles west of Peebles.

Bright afternoon

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be a bright afternoon across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway with some good sunny spells.

There will be a scattering of wintry showers across the region, but in the west these will merge into a longer spell of sleet or snow during the first part of the afternoon.

The showers will turn increasingly to rain at lower levels, remaining as snow above about 300 metres. It'll be another windy day, with strengthening west to south-westerly winds. Temperatures will reach around 5 Celsius.

Stunning view


Eyemouth Harbour

tweets: Stunning morning on the #eastberwickshire #coast. Wrap up warm though, it's a wee bit chilly!

Eyemouth Harbour
Eyemouth Harbour

Tune in

If you want the latest news from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway on your radio, tune in at 12:30 to our local bulletins.

More from the Selkirk and Dumfries studios at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

Borders Railway countdown

With six months to go until the new Borders Railway opens, the British Transport Police has been building relationships with companies, groups and schools along the length of the track.

Train in the snow
Borders Railway

Steve Johnstone, from the force, said: "Out of all the schools we have visited, 84% are on board with our Rail Rep programme.

"That gets the kids involved, it gets the parents involved and it highlights the danger of the railway that's coming to their community."

Pitch inspection


SPFL news

tweets: Pitch inspection | There will be a 1.00pm inspection at Broadwood ahead of tonight's game between @ClydeFC and @AnnanAthleticFC #SPFL


Dumfries and Galloway Standard Sport

tweets: Due to snow at Clyde's Broadwood there will be a pitch inspection ahead of tonight's clash between Clyde and @AnnanAthleticFC

Stranraer to face Stenhousemuir

Stranraer will take their League One title campaign to Stenhousemuir tonight.


The Blues hold a single point lead at the top of the table with 10 games to go.

Boss Stevie Aitken said they are there on merit.

"We have worked really hard to get to where we want to be. I have always said we'll try and win as many games as we can and wherever that takes us, only time will tell," he added.

Farm quad bike stolen

A quad bike and trailer worth about £8,000 have been stolen from a farm at Chapelknowe near Canonbie.

The Mule Polaris bike and Ifor Williams trailer was taken overnight between Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 February.

A&E targets missed


A&E departments treated 87% of people within the Scottish government's target of four hours in January, NHS statistics show.


For the first time, weekly waiting times in Scottish A&E's have also been published.

They cover major hospitals only and suggest 86% of people were treated in four hours between 16 and 22 February.

The Scottish government target is 95%. This winter has been one of the worst for Scottish A&E's in recent years.

'Tricky travelling conditions'

Motorists have been warned to be aware of icy surfaces and "tricky travelling conditions" tonight and tomorrow morning.

Weather warning map
Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice for the south of Scotland.

Forecasters said icy stretches could form following wintry showers today. Further showers could wash off salt from the roads.

There could be snow accumulations of up to 5cm above 400m.

Golfing triumph

Thornhill golfer Greig Marchbank defeated South Africa's number one ranked Tristen Strydom in a sudden-death playoff to claim the Proudfoot Trophy in the Sanlam South African Amateur Championship at Silver Lakes Golf Estate.

Marchbank carrying trophy

Marchbank registered rounds of 67 and 71 and Strydom returned rounds of 72 and 66 to tie at six under par 138 in regulation play in the rain-interrupted 36-hole qualifier.

But the 20-year-old fell at the first hurdle in the matchplay stage of the South African Amateur Championship. He lost 2&1 to Teaghan Gauche (Wingate Park Country Club, SA).

Read a full report of his win on the

Scottish Golf Union website.

Doctor faces allegations

A misconduct hearing has begun into alleged clinical failings of a locum doctor employed briefly by NHS Dumfries and Galloway.


The General Medical Council's case against Olufunso Oyesanya, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, relates to his treatment of six patients while he worked for Gwent Healthcare Trust, Forth Valley Royal Hospital and in Dumfries and Galloway.

He faces allegations of significant diagnostic oversight, failing to obtain an adequate medical history from one patient, not taking account another patient's drug allergy before prescribing pain relief, and failing to carry out a scheduled procedure without a proper explanation.

The GMC hearing is scheduled to continue until the 2 April.

Canonbie man jailed over sex assaults

A Dumfriesshire businessman who abused his position of trust to prey on vulnerable young boys in the 1980s

has been jailed for 18 months.

Torquil Johnson-Ferguson, 65, attacked three boys aged 13 or under when they were on courses at an activity centre he ran on Rua Fiola Island in the Firth of Lorn.

He was jailed at Oban Sheriff Court yesterday and placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years after being convicted of three charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour.

Johnson-Ferguson, of Canonbie, carried out the sexual assaults on the boys between 1981 and 1986.

Date set for Jim Clark Rally

Organisers of the Jim Clark Rally have confirmed

plans for an event on private roads after it was ruled it could not be held on closed public roads.

Police car near scene of the incident

Three people were killed while watching last year's event.

For the past 17 years the rally has been held over closed public roads in Berwickshire.

However, organisers said it would "return to its roots" this year with an event on 31 May on private Forestry Commission roads in Kielder Forest.

English lessons for taxi drivers

Taxi drivers in Dumfries and Galloway could get help with their English language skills as part of new proposals to improve the service.


It is one of a range of measures being considered by the local licensing panel.

Stricter medical standards, a dress code, customer care training and CCTV in vehicles could also be brought in.

Travel news

Mobile stop-go boards will be in use at various locations for studding work along the A75 Gretna to Stranraer Euroroute.

There are also temporary lights for road works at the Newton Stewart roundabout.

On the A76, temporary lights remain in use at Enterkinfoot and just north of Kirkconnel.

In Dumfries, there's the potential for peak times delays on the Moffat Road with temporary lights in operation at the junction with Carnegie Street.

Progressive cabling work's set to continue today on the A701 at Locharbriggs.

Cold and frosty start

BBC Scotland Weather


It's a cold, frosty start with lying snow in places and a risk of ice. It'll be a bright day across the region with some sunny spells.

There will be a scattering of wintry showers across the south of Scotland which in Dumfries and Gallloway will merge into a longer spell of sleet or snow early this afternoon. The showers will turn increasingly to rain at lower levels, remaining as snow above about 300 metres.

It'll be another windy day, with strengthening west to south-westerly winds. Temperatures will reach around 5C.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning. Welcome to another day on the South of Scotland Live page.

We'll be here until 5pm, bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.