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  1. Updates for Thursday 19 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Friday 20 March

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

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

We'll back at 9am tomorrow with the latest from across the region.

Dry and cloudy

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry and cloudy evening ahead tonight, a little light and patchy rain will push in overnight - it shouldn't amount to much and will clear southeastwards before morning.

It'll stay fairly mild, with temperatures no lower than 3 Celsius.

Attack appeal renewed

Police in the Scottish Borders have renewed an appeal for information after a 56-year-old man was assaulted in Galashiels on Monday 20 November 2014.

The incident happened around 1pm when the victim, a mail delivery driver, was standing next to his van parked on St John Street.

He was approached by a man who demanded he hand over the keys to the van, and when the victim refused, he was assaulted to the face. The suspect then ran off.

Set fair


Kelso clerk of the course Hazel Peplinski

tweets: Going for Saturday's fixture
@KelsoRacecourse has been changed to: Good to Soft (6.2) and the weather is set fair for rest of the week.

Glory of the Glenkens

A new project has been set up to delve into the rich history of the Glenkens.

The aim is to promote research already underway in the area, and provide a platform for the sharing of historical interests and knowledge.

Bob Peace

A launch event will be held tomorrow at the community centre in Dalry.

Mike Brown, who convenes The Glenkens Story steering group, says there'll be a mix of short talks and displays from a range of groups and individuals.

Safety message



tweets: SFRS at Ewart Library this morning. We will be outside the Spar Shop on Rosevale Street Tomorrow between 10 and 12

Fire safety event

Bulletin time

Remember there are still two more radio bulletins to come from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios today.

Tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for all the latest from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Tie-breaker looms

BBC Sport


Scotland will need to win a tie-breaker against China

to keep their World Women's Curling Championship title hopes alive in Sapporo, Japan.

Curling team
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Eve Muirhead's rink - including Dumfries and Galloway's Vicki Adams and Annan Sloan - lost 8-6 to round robin leaders Switzerland on Thursday morning.

Glorious day



tweets: An absolute glorious day to tour the Scottish Borders! Some last minute sightseeing before I go :-)

Borders view
Kawser Quamer

Abandoned car mystery

Daily Record

A baffled woman is hoping to trace

the mystery owner of a car which was abandoned in her driveway.

Lisa Docherty can't even move the locked Peugeot 106 which has been sitting outside her home since last Tuesday because it is uninsured.

She says she will get it scrapped if he doesn't come forward within 48 hours.

The 47-year-old road traffic investigator from Dumfries said: "This is really strange. I've had to get the police involved."

Eyesore tackled?

The Moffat News is out today and it leads on hopes that an eyesore building can be brought back into use.

Moffat News
MOffat News

Six Nations side

BBC Sport


Glasgow Warriors forwards Adam Ashe and Ryan Grant will start for Scotland against Ireland

as Vern Cotter makes two changes for the Six Nations finale.

Ashe will start on the blind-side flank in place of Rob Harley, while Grant replaces Alasdair Dickinson at loose-head prop for the Murrayfield game.

Wet wipe concern

The number of used wet wipes littering UK beaches has increased by 50% in the last year,

according to the Marine Conservation Society.

Wet wipe
N. Ewins

This is because many people put them down the toilet instead of in the bin, said the MCS.

No joy for Kieron

There was no follow-up success for Kieron Edgar at Chepstow this afternoon as Its A Long Road finished unplaced in the 2.30pm race.

Elderly woman robbed

An elderly woman

was threatened by a man in her own home before he stole her car and cash.

The 80-year-old was targeted in her house in the Yarrow valley area near Selkirk at about 21:15 on Wednesday.

Police said the man robbed the woman of a quantity of cash before making off in her silver Ford Fusion.

Village speeding plans

Peeblesshire News

Community leaders in a Peeblesshire village

are taking matters into their own hands in a bid to curb speeding motorists.

West Linton will investigate the possibility of self-funding a scheme for a 20mph blanket speed limit if the local authority refuses to back the plan.

Chepstow target

Hawick jockey Kieron Edgar is in action again shortly, this time at Chepstow racecourse.

Ruth Sharville

He is on well fancied Its A Long Road in the 2.30pm race after landing a win at Haydock Park yesterday.

Train project

Border Telegraph

The race is on for a group of train enthusiasts.

And they want you to help them.

The Clan Project, based in Wales, has started work on building an original Waverley Line locomotive.

They hope one day to have their 72010 Hengist pulling into Stow and Galashiels station just like the original BR Standard Class 6 locomotives did 60 years ago.

Eclipse preparations


Dumfries Museum

tweets: Getting ready for the eclipse tomorrow! Open at 8am for viewing 8.30 - 10.30 am

Dumfries Museum
Dumfries Museum

Eclipse guide

If the skies are clear where you are tomorrow morning, what are the safe ways to watch the solar eclipse?

Eclipse glasses


is a BBC guide.

Right to buy surprise

BBC Sport


Both the Scottish FA and SPFL said they are "astonished"

that MSPs backed proposals to give fans the right to buy their clubs .

A supporters' trust with a registered interest in a football club would also have the right to buy shares in that club.

Green MSP Alison Johnstone's amendments to the Community Empowerment Bill received unanimous support by the Local Government Committee.

School Report news day

Schools across the country are taking part in the BBC's School Report news day today.

In Dumfries and Galloway

Kirkcudbright Academy,
Stranraer Academy and
Wallace Hall Academy and Primary are involved.

School report news day

In the Scottish Borders,

Hawick High School is also participating.

Good sunshine

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be a dry, bright afternoon across the south of Scotland, with some good spells of sunshine.

Cloud will build from the north during the afternoon in Dumfries and Galloway.

Winds will remain light, and temperatures will reach around 11 Celsius.

Tune in

Our radio bulletins are back to normal today after the Budget timing change yesterday.

That means it's 12:30 for the news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Advice service contribution

The Citizens Advice Service in Dumfries and Galloway

contributed more than £11m to the local economy last year.

The Fraser of Allander Institute (FoA) study considered the advice the service gives on recovering unclaimed benefits and compensation.

Path extension

Scotland's walking and cycling paths are to be extended by 500 miles over the next five years

in a bid to get people more active.


Thirty new long-distance routes are to be added to the network of trails and cycleways across Scotland.

Council spending scrutiny

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland local government correspondent

Better scrutiny is needed of council borrowing,

according to a report from the public spending watchdog.

Council services

The Accounts Commission report says Scotland's 32 councils have a total of £12.1 billion of debt from borrowing.

Manager search

The back page of today's Galloway News has the story of Threave Rovers' search for a new manager.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Curlers still on track

At the Women's World Championship in Japan, the Scotland team which includes local players Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams have given themselves a chance of qualification for the play-offs.

Eve Muirhead's rink beat Sweden 10-7 in their final round robin game, to set up a tie-break against the loser of the game between Russia and China.

Library concerns

The Galloway News is out today and leads on fears over a move for Kirkcudbright's library to a temporary home.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Poultry farm blaze

Firefighters have been tackling

a large blaze at a poultry farm at Gretna.

The fire broke out shortly after 04:00.

Jobless fall

Angela Soave

BBC Scottish Borders

The number of Borderers looking for work has dropped by almost a third in the last year.

It did rise very slightly, by six, last month - when 1,268 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance; it traditionally does between January and February.

However, the figure is 601 fewer than in February 2014 - a fall of 32%.

Southern Reporter

The Southern Reporter is out today with the story of a woman who died after being found badly burned on a Selkirk street.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Maori flag to be returned?

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A Maori war flag that has been held in the collection of a Scottish Borders museum for more than 90 years

could be repatriated.

Scottish Borders Council

A museum in New Zealand has made an official approach to Hawick museum for the flag, taken from a Maori tribe by Crown forces during a battle in 1865.

Dumfries and Galloway travel latest

The A751 link road in Wigtownshire remains closed for resurfacing.

Temporary lights still in use for cabling on the A701 at Locharbriggs near Dumfries.

Work's also continuing on the new vehicle checkpoint on the A75 at Glenluce with traffic signals operating there. There are also lights on the A77 north of Cairnryan and on the A76 at Enterkinfoot.

Burns death woman identified

Police have formally identified a woman who died in hospital

after being found badly burned in a Selkirk street.

Selkirk street

Ade Murray, 28, was discovered lying on the road outside Selkirk High School at about 07:30 on Wednesday.

A7 accident

Police are at the scene of a three-vehicle accident which has partially blocked the A7 near Heriot.

Police accident sign - generic

They were called just before 07:30 when a Volkswagen van and a Toyota Rav Four travelling north collided with a lorry heading south. It's not known if anyone's injured.

Police confirm the road is obstructed - and traffic in the area is building up.

Bright day

BBC Scotland Weather


It's a chilly start, with a patchy frost and mist and fog in places.

However, it'll be a dry, bright day across the Borders, with any mist lifting to make way for some good spells of sunshine.

Cloud will build from the north in Dumfries and Galloway during the afternoon, becoming thicker and quite extensive by dusk.

Winds will remain light, and temperatures will reach around 12 Celsius.