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  1. Updates for Wednesday 11 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 12 March

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

We've had strong winds and heavy rain in Dumfries today but it looks like the sun is shining as we bring the South of Scotland Live page to an end for the day.

We'll be back tomorrow at 9am with the latest news from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

Late brightness

BBC Scotland Weather


High pressure returns this evening, allowing some late brightness before dusk.

Showers will die away to leave a dry, clear night, and westerly winds will drop out quite quickly.

Temperatures will dip to around freezing for many, with a widespread frost and a risk of icy patches on untreated surfaces.

Southeasterly winds will start to freshen again later in the night and cloud will filter in from the south and west, lifting temperatures by dawn.

Snowdrops on show



tweets: Langholm woodland, carpet of snowdrops @VisitScotland @VisitSWScotland @welcomescotland @DGStandard @DGWGO

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Dyslexia debated

Dozens of farmers, stakeholders and politicians met to discuss dyslexia within the agricultural community at the Scottish Parliament last night.

Scottish Parliament
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NFU Scotland Vice President Rob Livesey commented: "Last night's parliamentary reception shows the distance the campaign has covered since launching.

"However, there is still work to be done, and we will continue to work with others as we progress to make life easier for dyslexic people working in land-based industries."

Radio bulletins

Remember to tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for all the latest from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway in our radio bulletins.

Back again tomorrow at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Fiery fundraisers

Firefighters in Dumfries and Galloway powered over a distance of 68km (42 miles) on rowing machines to raise funds for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's (SFRS) own Family Support Trust.

Cash raised

It took just over three-and-a-half hours for the Langholm Fire Station team to complete the challenge, which is equivalent to rowing from England to France and back.

Their efforts generated a valuable £1,035 for the charity, which helps serving and former fire service personnel and their dependents facing hardship as a result of circumstances including bereavement, injury or ill-health.

Hospital all clear

Work on the new district general hospital for Dumfries and Galloway

is due to begin within days.

High Wood Health

The health board said funding is in place to allow the site in Dumfries to be prepared for construction.

Building work will begin within the next few months, ahead of its opening in late 2017.

Wall agreement reached

It's understood an agreement has been reached over repairs to a wall in Selkirk - which could see a controversial one-way system ended within months.

For more than two years motorists have been forced to follow diversions around the Yarrow Terrace, Heatherlie and Buccleuch Road areas because of a crumbling roadside wall.

Its ownership - and thus who is responsible for the cost of repairs - was the subject of a dispute between Scottish Borders Council and the owners of the Glen Hotel. But it seems a resolution has been found.

Five years to save Carnsalloch?

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A dilapidated historic mansion in Dumfries may not survive another five years without extensive renovation,

its owner has warned.

Carnsalloch House has lain empty since around 2000 and has fallen into a state of serious disrepair.


Owner Ian Foster has applied to build six homes close to the building to fund the renovation of the house.

However, planners have raised concerns that proposals do not meet a "high standard" of design.

Court redevelopment

A courthouse where Sir Walter Scott dispensed justice

could be redeveloped to house a library and contact centre.


The landmark building in Selkirk is at the centre of a project to improve the "vitality and vibrancy" of the town centre, according to local councillors.

Motorway scare

A car ended up facing the wrong way on a south of Scotland motorway after hitting the central reservation.

The incident happened at about 1.30pm a mile north of junction 16 Johnstonebridge on the A74(M) on the southbound carriageway.

Police said nobody has been hurt in the incident.

Store break-in

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Police say an in-store cash point may have been the target of a break-in at a Spar store in Dumfries.

Spar shop

Raiders forced their way into the premises on Rosevale Street about three o'clock this morning.

Nothing was taken but an ATM machine within the premises appears to have been tampered with.

An appeal is being made for information.

Still smiling

Queen of the South goal hero Aidan Smith is clearly still basking in the glory of his strike against Rangers judging by this exchange with goalkeeper Zander Clark.

Twitter exchange

Motorway crash


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tweets: #A74(M) S/B J16 Johnstonebridge to J17 Lockerbie - a vehicle has struck the central reservation. Police en-route. More details to follow.

Efforts recognised

Two people from the Activity and Resource Centre in Annan have attended a reception with the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House in London to mark their involvement in the Big Lunch - an initiative started 10 years ago to promote community spirit.

Ian Jones

Service officer Rachael Davidson and centre user Bronwyn McIlwean told how they'd organised a Big Lunch for the past three years to welcome local people into the ARC which caters for adults with learning disabilities.

The Duchess - who is patron of the initiative - presented them with a commemorative plate in honour of how they have brought their neighbourhood together.

Norovirus plea

Visitors to Borders General hospital are being asked to take precautions against norovirus.

There were no cases at all at the BGH last week. But 49 were recorded in hospitals in other areas.

Let's dance

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Dumfries man Michael Pattie takes to the dance floor

in tonight's People's Strictly on BBC One at 9pm.

Michael Pattie and Aliona

Along with dance partner Aliona Vilani, he hopes to gather the most public votes to be crowned winner on Red Nose Day this Friday.

Festival site



tweets: #EdenFestivalsite 2015 Are you in? :)

Eden Festival site
Eden Festival

Rains clearing

BBC Scotland Weather


Outbreaks of rain will continue to spread to most places this afternoon and windy too with a fresh to strong gusty southerly.

The rain will start to clear before dusk with possibly some brightness to end the day on.

Highs of 9 celsius with the winds veering into the west and easing.

Tune in

Get the latest radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk coming up at 12:30 today.

More from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway at 16:30 and 17:30.

Renwick's runners

Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick takes a tilt at Cheltenham today for trainer Donald McCain.

He has Clondaw Kaempfer in the 2.40pm race and Starchitect in the 4.40pm.

Power restored



tweets: Supplies have been restored to customers affected by #POWERCUT IN #DG2#DG5 #Dalbeattie Area. Thank you for your patience today.

Mansion decision on hold

Nichola Rutherford

At Dumfries and Galloway Council

Decision on development at Carnsalloch House is adjourned for further clarification from Historic Scotland on their position and from council planners.


Chef triumph

Border Telegraph

Craig Gibb, 32, from Galashiels, Head Chef at the Kelso-based Orde Food Company,

has won the Silver Award in the 2015 Scottish Chef of the Year Competition.

Run by the Federation of Chefs Scotland, the contest is described as Scotland's toughest chef competition and featured chefs from leading establishments and organisations across the country.

Back page

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard reflects on Queen of the South's Scottish Cup elimination.

Back page
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Power cut



tweets: Our engineers are now en-route to investigate the #POWERCUT in #DG2 #Dumfries #DG5 #Dalbeattie. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Galloway sinking anniversary

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

One hundred years ago today

a first world war maritime disaster happened off the coast of Galloway.

Corsewall Point
Andy Farrington

A German U-boat torpedoed a Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Bayano which sank with the loss of nearly 200 British lives.

The Bayano sinking is a little known, little talked about event of the early months of World War One.

Speed limit call

Peeblesshire News

Calls have been made for a speed limit reduction just outside Peebles

before a serious accident occurs.

Pedestrians and cyclists using the path alongside the A72 between Eshiels and Glentress are being put in danger as traffic passes close by them at 60mph limit, it is claimed.

Mansion debate

Councillors will be meeting shortly to debate housing plans at Carnsalloch House near Dumfries.


A proposed development has hit a planning block and hopes to get the green light to proceed.

'Great attitude'

Phil Goodlad

BBC Scotland

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw believes a bad attitude did not cause the defeat by Italy -

publicly disagreeing with one of his coaches.

On Monday, Matt Taylor said the players had shown a bad attitude in the Murrayfield match and that they had been told that in a meeting.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw

Laidlaw, however, disagreed with that assessment.

"Definitely not the attitude, not at all," he told BBC Scotland. "The players have got a great attitude."

Knife threat

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and leads on a story about a school pupil pulling a knife on an eight-year-old girl.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Smith earns Queens a point

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

The resilience of Queen of the South was enough to earn them a point at Ibrox,

as Rangers succumbed to persistent faults.

Teenage substitute Aidan Smith earned Queen of the South a point at Ibrox with a late goal

The hosts could not feed off the optimism generated at the first home game since boardroom change.

They had to rely on the attacking instincts of Haris Vuckic, who opened the scoring in the second half.

But 17-year-old substitute Aidan Smith was in the right place at the right time to equalise.

Death fall findings

An inquiry has found the cause of an accident in which a woman died

after falling from an ambulance at Borders General Hospital is "unknown".

Borders General Hospital
Walter Baxter

The hearing into the death of Fiona Barber, 71, of Lindean, was held at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Sheriff James Farrell recommended patient transport procedures and guidance should be tightened up.

Mrs Barber's family have criticised a decision not to keep CCTV recordings at the scene of the incident.

Travel latest

No problems to report at the moment with Irish Sea ferry services of local rail travel.

On the roads: the A751 link road between the A75 and A77 is closed for resurfacing - diversions are in place.

On the A75, temporary lights today for works at new vehicle checkpoint at Glenluce. Four way lights will be in operation today for telecoms work on the A76 at Carronbank Cottage at Carronbridge.

Elsewhere, cabling work is set to continue on the A701 at Locharbriggs.

And from 9:30 this morning single-lane restrictions will be in force for patching work on the A7 between Longtown and Langholm.

Bright start

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry bright start, however all change as we see a band of rain quickly spreading into the west this morning, spreading to all parts by lunchtime.

The rain will be heavy at times and accompanied by a strong gusty southerly wind with gales over the Rhins of Galloway and along the Solway for a time.

The rain will clear during the afternoon with brighter, drier conditions following on. Temperatures will reach 9 or 10 celsius.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome to another day of news, sport, travel and weather from the south of Scotland.

Get in touch with us via email on or or on Twitter @BBCSouthScot.