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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 16 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 17 March

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Thanks for joining us for the news, travel, sport and weather from the south of Scotland once again today.

We'll be back tomorrow from 9am with more from across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Squad named

Great Britain Women have named their final team for the World Championship in Dumfries,

which gets under way later this month.

Hockey team
Ice hockey UK

Dumfries Ice Bowl hosts the Division 2A tournament from 30 March to 5 April as GB take on Croatia, Kazakhstan, Korea, New Zealand and Poland in the six-team IIHF tournament.

Youth Parliament elections

A number of young people have been elected to the Scottish Youth Parliament from the south of Scotland.

Jack O'Hara, Matthew Randall, Coran McFarlane and Cian Gullen will represent the constituencies of Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale and Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.

Dumfriesshire saw Lewis Douglas and Emily Davies elected with the winners in Galloway and West Dumfries being Jordan Todd and Dylan George Currie.

Mostly dry

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A mostly dry, cloudy night to come across the south of Scotland, with just a few clear spells developing at times, most likely towards Lockerbie and Annan.

Just a few showers in the Borders, most likely across eastern parts

Southeasterly winds will be light for most, and temperatures will dip to 3 or 4 Celsius.

Don't miss out

Our radio bulletins for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders are coming up on air at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

More news to follow from the Selkirk and Dumfries studios at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow.

Peat progress

The environment minister has been visiting a site where

a pioneering technique is being used to try to safeguard a "vital" peat bog.

Peat bunding
Other

Aileen McLeod was invited to Carsegowan Moss in Galloway by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

They wanted her to see first hand the "peat bunding" approach being used.

Paddock party

@KelsoRacecourse

Kelso Racecourse

tweets: 152 great looking entries for our Party in the Paddock day this Saturday with @Channel4Racing #Bepartofit

Speed limit push

Community councillors in West Linton are pushing for a 20mph speed limit to be introduced throughout their village.

20mph speed sign
Getty Images

And they say they will even fund the scheme themselves if Scottish Borders Council won't back their appeal.

The advisory speed scheme will be discussed at the May meeting of Tweeddale Area Forum.

Crook Inn plans

Peeblesshire News

Planning for the future will top the agenda at a community meeting

to be held in Tweedsmuir Village Hall at the weekend.

A range of top speakers will give talks and demonstrations on successful projects from across the country.

And the latest plans for the Crook Inn will also be unveiled.

QoS collect for food bank

Kind-hearted Doonhamers will be able to donate to a Dumfries food bank during Queen of the South home games.

Footballers with food bank collection points
QOSFC.COM

The football club has teamed up with the First Base Agency to set up collection points at Palmerston Park.

The food bank, which is based on Buccleuch Street, has handed out 4,700 emergency parcels in the last 12 months and it has received £37,500 worth of donated food from the community.

Sanquhar man missing

A Sanquhar man has been reported missing after he failed to return home from his job overseas.

Richard Griffiths
Police Scotland

Richard Alexander Griffiths, 37, was due to return home from working in the Middle East on Tuesday 10 March.

The most recent contact with him was in a mobile message on Wednesday 11 March, when it appears that he had arrived and he was expected to travel north to Scotland by train.

A police spokesman said he had not yet returned home and no more contact with him has been made.

He is 5ft 11in tall, of medium to stocky build, and he wears silver-rimmed glasses with square frames.

Two injured in house fire

Two people have been taken to hospital following a house fire in Dumfries last night.

Firefighter
BBC

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the blaze which broke out in the kitchen of the Catherine Street property just before 22:00.

Watch manager Kevin James, the incident commander, said the ground floor kitchen was "well-alight" when they arrived at the house.

He added: "Four adults had exited the building prior to our arrival and two of them appeared to be suffering from minor effects of breathing in smoke."

World Championship curling

At the Women's Curling World Championships in Japan, local players Anna Sloan and Vicky Adams have helped the Scottish team to their third victory after five games in the round robin series.

Eve Muirhead
Reuters

Eve Muirhead's rink, who beat Norway 8-7, face Finland in their next tie.

Calvin's crowing moment

The crowning moment of DJ Calvin Harris' career was headlining last year's T in the Park, when he was introduced by Will Smith.

Calvin Harris
FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Speaking to The Sunday Times' Style Magazine, he said: "As he walked into the spotlight, you could hear the ripple rise through the crowd. That was the moment, man."

The millionaire musician, who grew up in Georgetown, Dumfries, now owns a home in Los Angeles. He said his teenage self would have no conception of how he lives now.

"Yeah, it's a confusing thing to take in," he said.

Headteacher hunt

Education chiefs in the Borders are holding

a recruitment drive in an attempt to fill headteacher posts.

classroom
Thinkstock

An open day is being held at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel near Peebles on 28 March.

As well as eight headteacher jobs there is a large number of other vacancies in Borders schools.

Windy Rig plans

Plans are being drawn up for a 16-turbine wind farm on land north of St Johns Town of Dalry.

wind farm
BBC

Renewable energy company Element Power said the Windy Rig wind farm on the Moorbrock Estate would be a natural extension to an existing cluster of wind farms.

The firm said it would provide business and job opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire.

Its design will be presented to the local community in a series of public exhibitions next week.

Meeting on council tech plans

Information technology workers at Scottish Borders Council are due to meet union representatives tonight to discuss plans to out-source their department as part of a joint arrangement with the City of Edinburgh Council.

Computer keyboard and headset
Gajus

The plans would not lead to direct job losses but

workers have raised concerns about their future.

Pattie loses out on glitterball

Dumfries businessman Michael Pattie failed to get his hands on the coveted People's Strictly glitterball on Friday.

Michael Pattie
BBC

Former Royal Marine Cassidy Little was awarded the winner's trophy during

Comic Relief on Friday night.

They were among six competitors chosen to take part in the competition because of their "tireless and selfless work" to improve the lives of others.

Mr Pattie has raised more than £300,000 for the Meningitis Research Foundation since losing his 13-year-old son David to the disease in 1999.

Annan fight back

Annan Athletic came from two goals down to earn a point in a 2-2 draw at Berwick Rangers on Saturday.

Scottish League Two
SPFL

After a recent slump in form, Galabank boss Jim Chapman told community station Annandale TV, said he was pleased with the team's performance.

"A lot of energy and effort but I think we are disappointed to just go away with a point. I think in the balance of play we probably deserved three.

"To come back from 2-0 down on the wee run we are on just shows the tremendous character we have got, the belief we have got and the positivity we have got.

"I'm delighted for the players but not surprised they have got it in them."

Grey and cloudy

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It will remain rather grey and cloudy afternoon although there may be some brightness towards the Galloway coast.

There will continue to be a few showers coming and going, especially in Dumfriesshire and the eastern Borders.

A cool feel to the day underneath the cloud coupled with the easterly breeze. Temperatures will reach 7C or 8C at best.

Tune in

Don't forget to tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 12:30 for the latest local news, sport and weather broadcast from our studios in Dumfries and Selkirk.

Three points 'vital'

Queen of the South's Iain Russell, who scored against Raith Rovers at the weekend, said the win secured the team a massive three points.

Iain Russell
Danny Lawson

"Obviously Falkirk are putting us under a lot of pressure.

"We have been in fourth place most of the season but they're picking up wins and showing a real consistency with their results so I think we are going to have to start doing that so three points is going to be vital now every game."

House fire victim named

A man found dead at the scene of a house fire in Dumfries has been named as James Thomson.

fire
BBC

Police said the 64-year-old lived alone at the house in Birch Walk.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of the blaze on Friday evening.

Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was not suspicious, following an examination of the scene.

Borders rugby disappointment

Neither Gala nor Hawick could claim the fourth play-off place in this season's BT Premiership.

Rugby ball
Thinkstock

Gala's try-bonus 34-28 defeat at leaders Heriot's does leave them in fourth but sixth place Currie can knock them out of the play-offs in their last match against Glasgow Hawks.

Not too far away at Meggetland where Hawick couldn't capitalise on Gala's defeat. The Greens went down 32-25 to Boroughmuir, leaving them just two points adrift of Gala.

In the National League Jed-Forest were narrowly defeated 12-10 by GHA but defeat for second-bottom Biggar has relieved the relegation pressure.

Housing benefits glitch

Dumfries and Galloway Council says every effort has been made to support tenants after

a computer glitch delayed their housing benefit payments.

Computer error message
Thinkstock

The payments are scheduled to be made into claimants' bank accounts a few days late.

The authority said the underlying cause of the payments system failure had still to be determined by the software providers.

A full investigation is to be held into the incident.

World Championship curling

The Scottish women's curling team, which includes local players Anna Sloan and Vicky Adams, beat the USA 9-2 in their latest round robin tie.

Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead
Getty Images

Eve Muirhead's rink has now recorded two wins and two defeats in the Women's World Championships in Japan as they prepare for their next game against Norway.

Moffat woman is found

A vulnerable woman

missing from her home in Moffat has been found safe and well.

Moffat
David Hamilton

A police helicopter and Moffat Mountain Rescue joined the search for 75-year-old Ann Hall, who was missing overnight.

Search manager Insp Stuart Davidson said: "We would like to thank the community of Moffat for their assistance throughout this search for Ann and the calls we received in relation to the sightings of her in the town eventually led us to the right area."

The Mighty Deerstalker

About 3,000 competitors - many of them clad in tweed - took part in

the Mighty Deerstalker race at Traquair House near Innerleithen at the weekend.

Deerstalker
Ian Georgeson

The event, billed as "the toughest off-road race in the UK", is now in its 10th year.

Participants tackled mud-filled trenches, water crossings and forest trails in the Scottish Borders until late on Saturday night.

Football round-up

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Wigtown and Bladnoch's lead at the top of the South League was reduced to two points as they lost away at Edusport Academy. A goal in each half from French pair, Fartasssi and Mpouma giving the hosts a 2-0 win.

Second placed Newton Stewart cut the gap, as they picked up a point in a goalless draw at Upper Annandale.

In the other games, Steven Degnan scored the winner for St Cuthbert Wanderers, with 10 minutes to go as they beat Mid Annandale 4-3 in Kirkcudbright.

Creetown were the highest scorers, with a 9-1 victory over bottom side Dumfries YMCA. Abbey Vale and Heston shared four goals at New Abbey.

Dalbeattie Star at home to East Kilbride, Gretna's trip to Vale of Leithen and Lochar Thistle against Crichton were all postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Queens promotion hopes

Queen of the South got the better of Raith Rovers in the Scottish Championship to strengthen their promotion hopes

with a 2-1 win.

Football
Thinkstock

Iain Russell converted Mark Millar's corner to give Queens an early lead.

However, Lewis Vaughan struck following Christian Nade's pass to draw Raith level.

The hosts were back in front before half-time, Gavin Reilly netting from close range, and that proved to be the winner.

Wind farm plans unveiled

Plans for another six wind turbines near Cockburnspath have been unveiled.

wind farm
Getty Images

Energy firm Renewable Power Exchange has requested a scoping report for the 115m (377ft) high structures at Ferney Lea Farm.

The site already has two operating turbines. It is two miles from the Aikengall wind farm, which has 16, and less than four miles from Crystal Rig, which now has 85.

Both Scottish Borders Council and East Lothian Council will respond to the scoping request as the site straddles the local authority boundary.

Dumfries fire death

An elderly

man has died in a fire in Dumfries.

Fire engine
BBC

Crews were called to the blaze in a house in Larchfield just after 18:00 on Friday.

Appeal for missing woman

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for a vulnerable elderly woman who has been reported missing from her home in Moffat.

Local people have been asked to check their grounds, sheds and outbuildings for Ann Cecily Hall who was last seen at about 15:00 yesterday.

The 75-year-old is about 5ft8, stocky and she is thought to be wearing a purple jacket, dark trousers and purple shoes.

She has limited mobility and it is thought she may still be in the Moffat area.

Travel news

The A751 link road between the A75 and A77 remains closed for resurfacing

On the A75 work is continuing on the new vehicle checkpoint at Glenluce where there are temporary lights operating.

Traffic controls also remain in use on the A77 north of Cairnryan and on the A76 at Enterkinfoot. Cabling work is set to continue today on the A701 at Locharbriggs.

Cloudy and grey

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It will be rather cloudy and grey across the south of Scotland today, although there may be a little brightness towards Stranraer. It will be largely dry with occasional sharp showers in places.

A cool feel to the day too with a brisk easterly wind at times. Temperatures will reach 8C.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning.

It looks like it's going to be another busy day for news and sport in the south of Scotland. Stay with us until 5pm for the very latest from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.