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  1. Updates for Wednesday 18 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 19 March

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Thanks for joining us on the South of Scotland Live page today.

We'll be back tomorrow at 9am with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Dry night

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry end to the day across our region, albeit cloudy. Tonight, it's dry with cloud and some mist patches. A chilly night in rural parts. Lows in town around 2 to 4 celsius.

Beauty salon break-in

Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in to a beauty parlour in Hawick.

The incident happened some time between 11pm last night and 2.15am this morning on O'Connell Street.

Various items including a three-figure sum of cash and an iPod Classic were stolen.

Rowing along the Nith



tweets: Grand wee row this afternoon on the river nith :) #Dumfries #Rowing #TheRiverNith #NARC

River Nith

River watch

Berwickshire News

A River Tweed neighbourhood watch

has helped bailiffs combat poaching on the river over the past year.

River Tweed Commissioners bailiff reserves, volunteers who spend much of their time on the river, effectively became a Tweed neighbourhood watch scheme.

Tune in

Remember to get all the latest news from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway on our radio bulletins at 16:30 and 17:30 tonight.

Then we're back at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow.

Jewellery taken

A number of houses were broken into in Wolfgill Road, Dumfries, Scroggie Meadow, Annan and Rowanburn, Canonbie over the weekend with various items including jewellery stolen.

Police have asked the public to "remain vigilant" and report any suspicious behaviour.

Power cut latest



tweets: UPDATE #POWERCUT in #DG7 #CastleDouglas. Supplies restored to a number of properties, engineers working to restore the remaining supplies.

Solar eclipse specials

Dumfries museum is holding two special events linked to the solar eclipse on Friday.

Solar eclipse

The first is on Thursday at 18:30 to learn more about the subject while the second is on Friday morning at 08:30 for a "community eclipse viewing".

Its Camera Obscura can provide a projected view of the eclipse, conditions permitting.

Care service criticised

A care service for vulnerable people in the Borders

has been heavily criticised by inspectors.

The Care Inspectorate said that failings of Community Integrated Care (CIC) could be "life threatening".

It found that clients missed out on vital visits as a result of staffing problems at its office in Duns.

Play-off goal in sight

BBC Sport


Scotland moved to within striking distance of the play-offs at the World Women's Curling Championships in Japan

after wins over Russia and Germany.

Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead
Getty Images

Eve Muirhead's rink - which includes Dumfries and Galloway's Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams - lie equal third going into the final day of the round robin after beating the Russians 9-5 and the Germans 7-5.

Selkirk woman dies in hospital

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Police say a 28-year-old woman who was found with serious burns in a Selkirk street has died in hospital.

The woman had been taken to Borders General Hospital following the incident in Hillside Terrace around 7am this morning.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

A section of the A7 trunk road through Selkirk was closed for a number of hours whilst police and firefighters were at the scene.

Make that a double

Another Hawick jockey has just got in on the act at Haydock Park.

It was Wilson Renwick's turn to get to the winners' enclosure on Nexius at a price of 8/1 in the 3.15pm race.

That's a nice 80/1 Borders double so far.

Kieron lands the spoils

Hawick jockey Kieron Edgar got the afternoon off to a flyer at Haydock racecourse.

Haydock Park
A Whitmore

He was aboard Purple 'n Gold for David Pipe in the opening race and secured an 8/1 triumph.

A7 in Selkirk reopens


Traffic Scotland


tweets: *CLEARED* #A7 is *OPEN* at Selkirk after police incident #StaySafe

Library computer latest

Public access computers are now available to users of Dumfries and Galloway libraries after being shut down since Friday.

Printing and other online services remain out of use.

Ewart library
Rose and Trev Clough

Council technicians and external providers Infor are building a new server and will reinstall the necessary software for stock management.

There is no timescale for this work being completed at present due to its "technical nature".

Borders railway livery - your views

Kenny Gilchrist emails: In response to the article on the wrapped train design then I think it is very colourful, bright and artistic and believe it will contribute to awareness of the Borders rail line and help drive up passenger numbers to Tweedbank.

Roberta Hillier emails: I do like it but...I do not think that pandas and the bridge are very Borders! I know the train comes from Edinburgh but if it promotes the Borders? Are there the common ridings, Floors Castle, the abbeys, Walter Scott's hub, etc?

Office view



tweets: Today's view from the office, Jedburgh in the sunny Scottish Borders.


Slight unemployment rise

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

There has been a slight rise in the number of people out of work in Dumfries and Galloway, according to the latest figures.

Unemployment rose by 68 last month to stand at 1,917.

It represents 2.1% of the region's workforce. However, compared with February 2014, the total number of locals currently claiming job seekers allowance is down more than 800.

Power cut



tweets: We are aware of a #POWERCUT in #DG7 #CastleDouglas area. Our engineers are working to restore supplies. Sorry for the inconvenience.

MSP wage link scrapped

MSPs have voted

to scrap the link between their pay and the salary of Westminster MPs.


MSPs are paid 87.5% of an MP's wage and were in line to get a 9% increase after the general election.

But leaders at Holyrood agreed it was "politically unthinkable" for MSPs to accept the increase in the current economic climate.

Watching point


Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Where will you watch the Friends Life Tour of Britain when it comes to the Scottish Borders on Sept 8 and 9?

Gretna suffer defeat

Gretna went down 4-0 at home to Whitehill in the Scottish Lowland League last night.

And in the South league, leaders Wigtown beat Mid Annandale 3-1 while second top Newton Stewart were 4-3 winners against Edusport Academy.

Library IT update

via Facebook

Dumfries and Galloway Libraries are now able to offer access to public computers but printing is still unavailable.

Unfortunately there is still no access to the library catalogue, e-books and online resources.

Consultant search

A fresh bid is being made to tackle a severe shortage of senior medical staff in Dumfries and Galloway's hospitals.

Dumfries Infirmary

Twenty consultants posts are currently unfilled - one of the highest vacancy rates in Scotland.

In an effort to address the issues,

the local NHS has set up dedicated recruitment website.

Temperatures rising

BBC Scotland Weather


A mainly dry afternoon with spells of sunshine Although mainly dry there could be an isolated shower over the hills.

Temperatures responding well in the sunshine with values of 11 or 12 celsius for Dumfries and Stranraer.

Bulletin time

Don't miss your local radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk at the slightly earlier time of 12:24 today due to the Budget.

All the news, sport, travel and weather for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders coming up.

Fantastic skyline


Historic Scotland

tweets: What a fantastic skyline behind Kelso Abbey ( ) in the Scottish Borders!

Kelso Abbey
Historic Scotland

Souters stunned

Selkirk were beaten 6-0 in the Lowland League at East Kilbride last night. The Souters had hoped to improve their recent lacklustre form. But they were 4-0 down by half time - and their hosts added another two after the break.

A7 remains closed


Traffic Scotland


tweets: #A7 is *CLOSED* at Selkirk due to a police incident - Please follow link for diversion route: #BeAware

Play-off points

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads on Queen of the South's vital win over Raith Rovers.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Horsebox trailer taken

Police in the Scottish Borders are investigating after a horsebox trailer was stolen from the Oxnam Road Industrial Estate in Jedburgh.

The incident happened sometime between 8pm on Monday evening and 7.30am on Tuesday when a white Pegasus double horsebox trailer was removed from the area.

Earn respect

Jamie Lyall

For BBC Scotland

Ross Ford is desperate to earn the respect of Scotland supporters

by delivering victory over Ireland in the final round of the Six Nations.

Ross Ford believes Scotland are improving under Vern Cotter

The Edinburgh hooker has started all four of the Scots' championship fixtures to date, all ending in defeat.

Farm fire fight

Fire crews

have worked through the night to prevent a blaze destroying a farm.

Two crews were initially called to the fire at Caldra farm near Duns in the Borders at about 20:30 on Tuesday.

When they arrived at the scene a diesel fuel tank was well alight and spreading to a joining building.

Four more crews were sent to the farm to fight the flames, and at the height of the blaze about 50 officers were involved.

Selkirk incident latest

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland, at the scene

Police have cordoned off a Selkirk street after a woman was found with serious burns.

The incident occurred in Hillside Terrace and the woman is said to be in a critical condition in hospital.


Uncertain future

Peeblesshire News

It was once a venue for weddings and it is still the focal point for the discussion of important community issues.

But the Village Centre in West Linton

is facing an uncertain future with speculation that it is about to be offloaded by Scottish Borders Council.

Bingo surprise

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and leads on a story of a woman who was surprised by the scale of her bingo win.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Gibson delivers winner

BBC Sport


Stranraer returned to the top of Scottish League One

with victory over bottom side Stirling Albion last night.

The winning goal arrived midway through the second half when Willie Gibson's 25-yard free-kick evaded everyone and crept inside the post.

Wheel meet again

The Tour of Britain cycling race will see two separate days of action in Scotland this year

through the Borders, East Lothian and Edinburgh.

Getty Images

Stage three on 8 September will start in Cumbria but finish at Floors Castle in Kelso via Gretna.

The following day will leave Edinburgh and come back through the Borders.