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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for today, join us again tomorrow for all the news, sport, travel and weather in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

And take care if you're out and about in those blustery winds this evening.

Park Primary praised

Inspectors have praised a Stranraer primary school for its confident and well-behaved children who are "motivated and engaged in their learning".

Park Primary School
Billy McCrorie

Education Scotland said Park Primary School was committed to developing and improving the curriculum and they praised the effective leadership of the head teacher.

Head teacher Olive Caldwell, said: "I'm delighted that the inspection acknowledged the hard work and commitment of children, parents and staff in bringing about positive changes at Park Primary School.

"Everyone is keen to maintain momentum for change and continue to build on the progress made."

Fixture change

@spflnews

SPFL news

tweets: Fixture amendment @Stirling_Albion v @StranraerFC in League 1 now Tuesday March 17, kick-off 7.45pm (postponed on Saturday March 7) #SPFL

Valuable jewellery stolen

A jewellery box containing about £3,000 worth of items has been stolen from an isolated house near Thornhill.

Sheila Fleet jewellery and a number of expensive men's and women's watches were in the box.

They were taken between 14:30 and 20:00 on Friday from a home in the Dalveen Pass, about a mile from the A702.

A windy night

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

In the Borders it will be windy, particularly during the first part of the night, before the strong to gale force westerly winds ease through the early hours.

Showers overnight will be very few and far between: most places will be dry with clear spells.

In Dumfries and Galloway, there will be strong to gale force west or south-westerly winds during the evening and the first part of the night. Large waves will develop around the coasts.

Winds will ease back through the early hours.

Don't miss out

Get your radio tuned to Radio Scotland at 16:30 if you live in the Borders or Dumfries and Galloway to pick up our local news bulletins.

Another to follow at 17:30 and then we are back in the morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Learmonth finishes sixth

BBC Sport

Berwickshire's Guy Learmonth finished sixth in the men's 800m at the European Indoor Championships on Sunday.

European Indoor Championships: Guy Learmonth into 800m final
BBC Sport

The race was won by the overwhelming pre-race favourite Marcin Lewandowski, of Poland.

Watch Learmonth win his semi-final

here.

Air tax cut boost

Slashing the tax paid by air travellers could

boost Scotland's economy by £1bn by 2020 and create almost 4,000 new jobs, a report has suggested.

Aircraft taking off in front of airport hall
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The figures emerged from research carried out on behalf of Edinburgh Airport.

The report looked at the impact of cutting air passenger duty (APD) by 50%.

Powers over APD are to be devolved to Holyrood following recommendations by the Smith Commission.

Met Office warning

A yellow "be aware" warning for high winds is still in place for the south of Scotland but the latest maps suggest this region should escape the very worst of the weather.

Weather map
Met Office

Calcutta Cup latest

BBC Sport

Scotland

Scotland wing Sean Lamont has been ruled out of Saturday's Calcutta Cup meeting with England,

while Peter Horne and Ross Ford are injury doubts.

Sean Maitland has been called up as a replacement for Glasgow team-mate Lamont, who sustained a knee injury on club duty against Zebre on Friday.

Welcome to Scotland

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

As the general election campaign heats up, one concern that opinion polls consistently show voters want to see addressed is: immigration. This week, across BBC Scotland news,

we are taking a close look at the issue.

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BBC

Young driver skills

@scotborders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Know a young Borders driver who could improve their skills? Sign them up to @IAMgroup advanced course, it's free
http://ow.ly/JvrnK

Trusted traders

Trading Standards say consumer confidence will improve if more local firms sign up to a trusted traders scheme being expanded by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Over the next two days those already involved in the programme across the region will encourage others to put their names on the list.

Critical Chapman

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Annan boss Jim Chapman didn't mince his words after their 3-1 defeat to Albion Rovers on Saturday.

Jim Chapman is the new manager at Annan Athletic
SNS

"Conditions were horrendous but when you defend the way way we did, it doesn't matter who's playing on the pitch."

He added: "We put players on the pitch we think understand the job, who tell us they understand their job but technically, when they go there to play the game, they don't.

"So they either don't understand or they're liars."

Hawick's heroics

Southern Reporter

Hawick's season became a whole lot better last Saturday after the Greens torpedoed Heriot's hopes of double honours with

a heroic win over the Goldenacre side to book their place in the final of the BT Cup on April 18.

As a consequence Hawick have been forced to change the date of the annual sevens tournament, now rescheduled for Sunday May 10, making the Mansfield Park event the penultimate round in the Kings of the Sevens series.

Greyhound kennels fire 'suspicious'

Police are treating a

fire which destroyed a shed attached to greyhound kennels in the Borders as "suspicious".

Greyhound
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The incident happened at about 19:00 on Sunday at a property on Hamilton Road in Hawick.

The shed and its contents were completely destroyed but the dogs escaped unharmed.

Police have urged anyone who can help with their investigation to come forward.

Recycling centre closure

The Eshiels recycling centre near Peebles closes from today so improvements can be carried out.

Recycling
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Scottish Borders Council say the work will make the centre more user-friendly.

Wind farm work

Berwickshire News

Pre-construction is now underway at the Quixwood Moor Wind Farm between Gavinton and Duns, and local contractors

have been called in to carry out some of the site investigation work.

Banks Renewables, the Hamilton based wind energy firm behind the project, committed to using local firms, wherever possible during the planning application stage and that commitment is now being realised with some of the earliest contracts being awarded to Borders businesses.

Immigration arrests

Twelve restaurant

workers have been arrested in a series of immigration raids in Dumfries and Galloway.

raid
BBC

Eight restaurants in Annan, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie and Dumfries were targeted in the operation.

Home Office immigration enforcement officers and Police Scotland questioned staff between 26 February and 5 March.

Eight were detained pending their removal from the country while four were released on the condition they report to the Home Office regularly.

Crematorium dedicated

A new £2m crematorium in Berwickshire was formally dedicated at a service last night.

Houndwood Church
Walter Baxter

The former Houndwood Church has been restored and converted.

Fisheries call

Borders MP Michael Moore has backed calls from the Tweed Commissioners not to amalgamate fisheries management organisations across Scotland.

Salmon
PA

The organisation's Nick Yonge recently told a Holyrood committee the move could harm their conservation and management measures.

Blustery showers

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Wet and windy through much of the afternoon with the rain clearing to leave behind blustery showers and some brighter spells later.

Remaining very windy, Southerly gales becoming southwesterly, reaching severe gale force this evening. A Met Office yellow 'be aware' warning is in force. Highs of 9 or 10 Celsius.

Radio times

Tune in for the latest from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders on our radio bulletins at 12:30.

More coming up at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

Road improvement work

A £1m road improvement programme gets underway today in Wigtownshire.

Roadworks sign
PA

It will see the upgrade of the A751 which acts as a link road, particularly for Irish Sea ferry traffic, between the A75 Euroroute and the A77 Stranraer to Ayr Road.

It is expected to take three weeks to complete.

Borders rugby

Hawick will appear in their third BT Cup final after dramatic closing minutes at Mansfield Park saw them successfully defend their 6-3 lead in the face of a tenacious Heriots onslaught.

rugby
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There was success too for St Boswells, who saw their two year unbeaten run threatened by North Berwick only for their very late fightback to produce a 12-10 win which took them to the final of the BT Shield.

National League Champions Selkirk too were celebrating. Their 21-9 win over Peebles at Philiphaugh made it 20 in a row.

In the other National League derby it ended 8-8 for home side Jed-forest against Kelso.

Cycling campaign questioned

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

A new plan to promote walking and cycling in Dumfries and Galloway has been questioned by campaigners.

Cycling
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The draft active travel strategy looks to create more opportunities to encourage locals to make short journeys on foot or bike, and to promote walking and cycling tourism.

But Sally Hinchliffe of the campaign group, Cycling Dumfries, said: "They're looking at increasing cycling levels from 1-2% which is hardly a step-change when you consider that the Scottish government is looking for 10% of all journeys to be by bike by 2020.

"Look at places like Clackmannanshire which are also rural and they have some of the highest levels of cycling in Scotland. I don't think we can blame the region, I think it's more a lack of imagination."

Annan Athletic loss

BBC Sport

Scotland

Ali Love scored two first-half goals as

Albion Rovers beat Annan Athletic to stay top of League Two.

Annan Athletic
BBC

With Michael Dunlop and Mark McGuigan doing the set-up work, Love notched his double within six minutes.

The lively Peter Weatherson then reduced the deficit with a low strike.

McGuigan nodded home Edward Fern's cross to make it 3-1, with Weatherson going close to his second of the match late on, only to be denied by visiting keeper Neil Parry.

Caravan park for Hawick

Facilities for touring caravans in Hawick could help revitalise the High Street, according to a local councillor.

Caravan
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The area near Wilton Lodge Park was a possible site investigated by the Camping and Caravanning Club in 2007 and now there is renewed enthusiasm for the project.

Hawick councillor Stuart Marshall said: "It will help tourists coming into the area and hopefully it will compliment the high street which has been suffering badly of late.

"Any moves to bring people into the town has to be welcomed."

Moffat purse theft

A purse containing more than £200 in cash and a number of personal papers was stolen from the bar area in the Black Bull Hotel in Moffat.

It was taken from a bag between 12:20 and 14:00 on Sunday.

Police want to trace a man who is about 45, 5ft 10in tall, and of medium build. He has grey hair and was wearing a black leather jacket and dark jeans.

He was carrying a blue sports holdall with an umbrella attached.

Gale force winds warning

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Severe gales have been forecast for parts of Scotland.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning and forecast

winds gusting to 70 to 80mph in northern and western Scotland.

It has also warned of large waves developing around the coast, especially in the north and west.

The warning, which is in place until 09:00 on Tuesday, follows bad weather at the weekend which caused flooding in large parts of the Highlands.

Stranraer match postponed

BBC Sport

Scotland

Saturday's Scottish League One fixture between Stirling Albion and Stranraer at Forthbank Stadium was postponed after a pitch inspection.

Death cafes

People in Dumfries and Galloway will have a chance to

discuss their own mortality at a series of "death cafes".

Old man with walking stick
Thinkstock

Organisers believe the events will give people a chance to talk about death, dying and bereavement.

Professor David Clark, who is behind the plans, said it is an opportunity for people who feel unable to talk about these issues with family and friends.

He will lead a new team focussing on end of life studies in Dumfries.

Berwick's brave battle

BBC Sport

Scotland

Two goals in two minutes sent Hibernian on their way to

a comfortable Scottish Cup victory over Berwick Rangers and a place in the semi-final draw.

Hibs' Jason Cummings opens the scoring
SNS
Jason Cummings opened the scoring for Hibs against Berwick Rangers at Easter Road

The League Two strugglers were looking comfortable until striker Jason Cummings finished off Lewis Stevenson's 26th-minute defence-splitting pass.

Left-back Stevenson slotted in the second moments later.

Berwick battled bravely to stay in touch until Sam Stanton's 66th-minute finish. Liam Fontaine added a fourth.

Queen's disappointment

BBC Sport

Scotland

Falkirk reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals for the second time in three years with

victory over Queen of the South at Palmerston Park.

Falkirk's Craig Sibbald (left) gets his head onto the end of a ball to give his side the lead
SNS

Craig Sibbald headed the Bairns into a first-half lead following Luke Leahy's precise ball across goal.

Queens pressed forward but rarely looked like finding a way past Jamie MacDonald in the Falkirk goal.

Travel news

In Dumfries a combination of road works on Moffat Road, St Mary's Street and Hoods Loaning will add to peak time delays today.

Elsewhere, the A751 is closed for major repairs and diversions are in place.

Cabling work is set to continue on the A701 at Locharbriggs and on the same route stop-go boards will be in use for white lining work just north of St Ann's Bridge

Rain on its way

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A largely dry and bright start, but cloud thickening from the west spreading rain to all parts this morning.

Drier, brighter weather follows through later this afternoon with blustery showers with strong to gale force southerly winds. Highs of 9C or 10C.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning and welcome to the South of Scotland Live page.

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