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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for today, get out and capture those last rays of sunshine if there are clear skies where you are.

We're back tomorrow from 09:00 with all the news and weather and full details from that big match for Queen of the South at Ibrox.

Cheltenham challenge

There was no dream debut for Hawick jockey Tom Hamilton at Cheltenham.

Royal Palladium was unplaced in the 4.40pm race.

Tipper van stolen

A tipper van has been stolen from outside an electric sub-station in Duns.

The white Ford Transit, which had a 14 plate registration and a double cab, was taken from Rachel Drive overnight between Sunday and Monday.

Police are appealing for information.

Dyslexia in agriculture

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

National Farmers Union Scotland says there is a disproportionately high incidence of dyslexia in the farming community.

Dyslexia film
BBC

Speaking to BBC Scotland, dyslexic Galloway farmer Sandy McCreath says: "I've got a lot of work to do to highlight this to make the powers that be realise that this is something that's not a quick fix."

A fine end to the day

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be a fine end to the day across the southwest and the Borders, with plenty of late sunshine, followed by clear spells overnight.

With light winds and clear skies, temperatures will fall away quite rapidly, dipping close to or a touch below freezing, and leading to a widespread frost away from the west coast. Winds will start to pick up towards dawn, as a weather front approaches from the west.

Tune in

Get the latest news for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway in our radio bulletins coming up at 16:30 and 17:30.

Temperatures dipping

@scotborders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Gritters pre-salting all routes from 3.30pm today and checking conditions first thing tomorrow. Temperatures dipping tonight #sbctravel

Cross country challenge

Berwickshire News

Over 270 competitors took part in Berwickshire Hunt's Cross Country Day

held at Duns Castle on Sunday.

The event was blessed with good weather - a welcome window in an otherwise cold and wet few days.

Burnfoot behaviour

Police Scotland has met with agencies including Scottish Borders Council and housing associations to discuss tackling anti-social behaviour in the Burnfoot area of Hawick.

Police
Thinkstock

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the council's safer communities team were also involved in the meeting which has been described as "very positive".

They have agreed to develop an action plan to tackle the anti-social behaviour, and divert a minority of young people to other activities.

A public meeting to discuss the plan will be held in Burnfoot community centre on 31 March at 18:30.

Biking backing

Peeblesshire News

A Tweeddale village store is giving its backing to

a fundraising appeal for a local mountain biking star.

The owner of the shop in Broughton has given £500 to the crowd funding appeal aimed at raising £7,000 for Rebecca Kennedy.

R&D Construction petition

A petition has been submitted to the Scottish Parliament calling for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the £77m contract awarded to R&D Construction in 2009.

Builder
Thinkstock

The company went into administration two years later, leaving more than 200 employees without jobs.

Dumfries and District Trades Union Council collected 278 signatures on the petition which demands answers to questions about due diligence and scrutiny of the contract.

It has been submitted to MSP Jim Eadie, convenor of the parliament's infrastructure and capital investment committee.

@traffiscotland

Traffic Scotland

Latest

tweets: #M74 N/B J18-J17 - debris on the road (sheets of plastic and poles). Police/Autolink are en-route but in meantime PLEASE #BeAware #SlowDown

Border Telegraph

Melrose Provost William Windram described the costs of building a new home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland in the Borders as "astronomical" -

and fears have been voiced that they could rocket.

At this month's meeting of Melrose and District Community Council, members challenged their representatives on Scottish Borders Council over their decision to approve the plans to build a new visitor centre opposite the region's new train terminus at Tweedbank.

Woman accused of embezzlement

A 60-year-old woman has been accused of embezzling more than £12,000 while having power of attorney for her mother.

Dumfries Sheriff Court
BBC

Carolyn Jamieson, of Dumfries, is alleged to have committed the offence at Goldielea Care Home and elsewhere between April 2013 and February 2014 as well as various retail outlets and ATM machines.

The case at Dumfries Sheriff Court was continued without plea for a month.

Appeal for supply teachers

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

A renewed plea for supply cover has been made after

pupils had to be sent home due to teacher absences at a Dumfries school.

Classroom
Thinkstock

Primary 5 children were unable to be taught at St Ninian's Primary.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said it was due to an "unfortunate combination of staff absences" and would be resolved by Wednesday.

However, it added that it had an "ongoing need" to recruit supply teachers in the region.

Travel champion

Debbie Muir

at Dumfries and Galloway Council

The chair and vice chair of the economy, environment and infrastructure committee will share the role of "travel champion" after suggestions one councillor should be appointed to the role as part of an Active Travel Strategy.

It aims to increase the number of people walking and cycling short journeys in the region.

Still waiting

The latest weekly

waiting times for Accident and Emergency departments suggest there has been little improvement against Scottish government targets.

Hospital ward
GUSTOIMAGES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

An interim target has been set for 95% of people to be treated and discharged within four hours.

Figures released for the last week in February suggest 86.9% of people were treated within this time.

That compares to 86% during the previous week.

Diesel stolen from HGVs

Several hundred litres of diesel have been stolen from two lorries parked overnight on the A1 in Berwickshire.

The theft happened overnight on 9 March, north of Cockburnspath.

Police appealed to HGV drivers to be extra vigilant when their vehicles are parked in lay-bys or unattended.

Galashiels Academy improvements

Parents of children at Galashiels Academy have been told that pupils' "learning experiences" have improved since the last inspection.

Galashiels Academy
Mary and Angus Hogg

A letter from Education Scotland said there has been a positive shift in the culture and ethos of the school, and students enjoy school and they are keen to learn.

Teachers have higher expectations of young people and what they can achieve and work is being done to improve the curriculum to better meet the need of students.

Inspectors will ask for a progress report from Scottish Borders Council within 18 months.

Newton Stewart tourism

Debbie Muir

at Dumfries and Galloway Council

Councillor Graham Nicol has raised concerns about what he sees as a lack of options regarding where a visitor information centre should be based in Newton Stewart.

The current one is to close and the WRDC building across the road will be used for the next year.

However VisitScotland say a physical presence is important in the town and available information will be enhanced by the addition of a digital information centre.

Wind farm payments

Debbie Muir

at Dumfries and Galloway Council

Councillors have emphasised at a meeting of the economy, environment and infrastructure committee that monetary benefits from wind farm developments should be used for the good of the rural areas where turbines are built and not in towns.

Reservoir capacity increased

A major project to increase the capacity of the reservoir which supplies drinking water to communities throughout Wigtownshire

has been completed.

Penwhirn reservoir
Colin McDonald

The storage capacity of Penwhirn reservoir has increased by almost 40% by raising the height of the existing dam by 1.5m (4.9ft).

Dry and bright

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

The westerly winds continue to slowly ease down, as a ridge of high pressure builds in from the south, and it remains mainly dry and bright for the rest of the afternoon, with lengthy spells of sunshine for most.

Highs of 8C or 9C will feel pleasant in the sun, with those lighter winds.

Radio times

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

More to follow at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

Dyslexia in agriculture

A campaign to highlight the

prevalence of dyslexia in the farming industry is being taken to MSPs in Holyrood.

Sandy McCreath
BBC

They will be told the condition affects up to 25% of people working in agriculture, compared with 10% in the general population.

They will also hear of the need to make vital forms and paperwork as easy as possible to understand and fill in.

Cheltenham rider

Hawick teenage amateur jockey Tom Hamilton has his first Cheltenham Festival ride today - Royal Palladium in the 16:40.

Grants for Border festivals

Grants for local festivals and events will be discussed at a meeting of the Scottish Borders Council's executive today.

Hawick Common Riding
PA

A total of 28 are currently funded under the scheme but councillors will be asked to add an extra event, Burnfoot Carnival, to the list.

If members agree, the festivals will share funding of more than £85,000 over the next three years.

4G signal for Galashiels

Galashiels is due to start receiving 4G mobile broadband from this week but engineers fear that some households who view television through Freeview may suffer interference with their reception.

Some 4G signals operate at the frequency adjacent to the frequencies used by Freeview. When the signals go live this week there is a chance Freeview viewers will suffer a loss of sound, blocky images or the loss of some or all channels.

A technical company, called at800, has been appointed to fix any disruption free of charge. Postcards from the company are being delivered around the town this week.

Get in touch

@BBCSouthScot

@AnxiousAmbler

tweets: Perks of being up early - stopped to take this #sunrise shot on my drive to Peebles at 6.30am :) #ScottishBorders

Peebles sunrise
@AnxiousAmbler

Opinions on immigration

Lucy Adams

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

Almost two-thirds of Scots think

immigration should be reduced, a poll commissioned by the BBC has suggested.

welcome to scotland sign
Getty Images

It suggests that Scots are almost as negative about immigration as the population in the rest of Britain.

The poll found that 49% wanted to see less immigration, exactly the same proportion as across Britain, and 15% said it should be stopped altogether.

Community council disbands

Earlston Community Council has

disbanded following further rows over a proposed play park in the town.

Earlston
Liz n Jim

Four members resigned over the Mill Meadow proposals two years ago. At a special meeting last Thursday another resignation led to the body falling beneath its required six member quorum.

Former chairman Tom Burnham said: "An election has to take place. We don't know what the date is but probably before the general elections or immediately afterwards."

Strictly Michael Pattie

@M_R_F

Meningitis Research

tweets: Fabulous appearance on BBC Breakfast this morning from #peoplesstrictly Michael Pattie and an @M_R_F name check too! Thanks Michael

The big match

Queen of the South have a massive game in the Championship tonight when they face Rangers at Ibrox.

The gates of Rangers' Ibrox Stadium
SNS

Queens boss James Fowler wants to bounce back from the disappointment of Friday's Scottish Cup exit and maintain their grip on a play-off place.

"I am sure obviously with the situations that's going on at Rangers it will be a full house. It will be a great one for the players."

He added: "We all know the stuff that's going on there. Hopefully maybe they'll lose focus and we need to make sure we get back to how we can play."

Scottish force to police railways

Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

Police Scotland will take over

railway policing when the function is devolved, Scotland's justice secretary has decided.

British Transport Police jacket
PA

The move means that the British Transport Police (BTP) will no longer operate as a separate force in Scotland.

Wind farm appeal

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Developers have lodged

an appeal after councillors rejected plans for a six-turbine extension to a wind farm in the Scottish Borders.

Glenkerie wind farm
Jim Barton

Two community councils as well as walkers and hill-running groups had objected to proposals to expand the 11-turbine Glenkerie wind farm.

Planning officials had advised approval but councillors turned down the plans.

Developers have now taken the case to the Scottish government to seek to reverse that decision.

Travel news

On the A75, temporary lights today at new vehicle checkpoint at Glenluce and traffic controls will also be in use at Barlae for studding work.

The A751 link road between the A75 and A77 is closed for resurfacing and diversions are in place.

Traffic controls remain in place on the A76 at Enterkinfoot and cabling work is set to continue on the A701 at Locharbriggs. Elsewhere in Dumfries a combination of road works on the Moffat Road and St Mary's Street may add to peak time delays.

Winds easing

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

After a very windy night, the strong westerly winds will continue to ease down during the morning, as a ridge of high pressure builds in from the south, and any remaining showers will continue to die away.

Then it's a quieter day ahead - mainly dry and bright with lengthy spells of sunshine for most. Highs of 8C or 9C will feel pleasant in the sunshine, with those lighter winds.

School closure

St Ninian's Primary School in Dumfries is closed to P5 pupils due to staff absence.

Children are expected to return to the school at 09:00 tomorrow.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning from a very bright and sunny Dumfries.

Stay with us until 5pm for the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the south of Scotland.