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  1. Updates for Monday 23 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 24 March

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Cycling for food banks

An Innerleithen teacher is planning to cycle 100 miles across the south of Scotland to raise £1,000 for local food banks.

Tim Clancey will ride his 15-year-old bike, 'Green Wheels', between food banks in Peebles, Carluke and Dumfries.

Mr Clancey said: "I am not much of a cyclist, and my bike is 15 years old and rather battered - but it will be well worth the effort if we can raise some money for the food banks."

Babywearing: Get Involved

Fionn emails: I love my slings! I carry way more than I thought I would and probably use it more than my pram which is why I loved your article.

However! I still use a pram, it saddens me that instead of accepting there are numerous ways or transporting babies we have yet another something v something cause division in the parenting world.

Why can't prams and carriers happily co exist? I loved your article but it would be nice to see an article supporting all aspects of parenting rather than putting something against another causing division!

Either way lovely to see safe baby wearing promoted!

Frost in the morning

BBC Scotland Weather


This evening and tonight there will be a few showers in the western Borders and in Galloway, but it will be largely dry with some long clear spells.

As winds fall light, a fairly widespread frost will develop, with temperatures dipping to minus 1 Celsius. There's the risk of the odd icy patch where the ground is wet from any showers earlier on.

Bulletin time

Tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for the latest radio news bulletins from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

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

Rotary award

A retired headteacher from Kirkcudbright has received a special award at the House of Lords.

Houses of Parliament

Jean Best was among 12 Rotarians who were honoured by some of the UK's top politicians in Whitehall last week.

She helped devise the Rotary Peace Project and she developed a Scottish Peace and Conflict Resolution programme for schools.

The Rotary Champions of Change Awards was hosted by the deputy speaker of the House of Lords, the Lord Wallace of Tankerness.

Get involved: It's a sling thing

Yasmin emails: Slings have given me freedom to move around, I have been known to have the baby on my front and the toddler on my back, which enables communication in a way forward facing prams in particular do not.

I lecture on early years and students of mine that have seen me out with the sling have shown a great deal of interest to the extent that I have taken the wrap into work, so they could see for themselves the benefits.

Far from being some new age hippy mentality it fits absolutely with the needs of the child - far more than an expensive all singing all dancing pram, complete with tablet pouch does.

And the best thing is that I can pass the sling onto my children when they have children of their own. That is hardly the case with a pushchair :-)

D&G children's plan

Measures have been drawn up to address concerns raised about the care and protection of youngsters in Dumfries and Galloway.


The 18-month plan has been proposed jointly by the health board and council in recognition of the need to continue to address recommendations made by the care inspectorate in 2014.

Baby slings: Get in touch

Anneka Crumpton emailed: Our first son (now 3) despised his pushchair as a baby, he'd scream and cry until he either eventually fell asleep or I took him out. At around 4 months I started to take a high street baby carrier out with us and pop him in that when he got fussy.

We went on our first family holiday just before he turned 6 months and decided not to take a pushchair with us at all. From then on we didn't use the pushchair.

I carried him in a carrier until he was 21 months and I was in the early weeks of pregnancy with his baby brother (he also kept asking to walk instead of riding in the carrier). We used a pushchair for a grand total of 3 months (even then he spent more time out of it than in) as he wanted to walk everywhere.

We now have a six month old as well, I've carried him in a sling from 2 days old and he's never even sat in a pushchair, and I don't see that he ever will.

College death counselling

Counselling is being offered to staff and students at Borders College

following the death of a student.

Borders campus
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

It comes after the "untimely death" of 21-year-old Megan Stewart from Hawick.

A short statement from the college said that she had been an "extremely popular student".

Next meeting


NHS Borders

tweets: Board will meet in Melrose next Thurs 2 April 2015
for its public board meeting.


Babywearing: Get in Touch

Joanne emails: I had never heard of it before I had my little boy and tried a cheap high street carrier that was uncomfortable for both baby and I. Luckily I was told about ergonomic slings on my baby group and checked it out.

For me it was the best thing ever. I have fibromyalgia and struggle with day to day life. The sling helped me to carry my baby at times when I was unable to bear his weight in my arms.

Even at 18 months I can still carry him on my back which actually helps to straighten me up when my muscles have cramped up. I ditched my buggy a long time ago as the sling allows us to go places most pushchairs can't go. It's quicker to sling him than try and get the pushchair out of the boot and it frees up space.

Dumfries cars vandalised

Hundreds of pounds worth of damage has been carried out on cars in the Laurieknowe area of Dumfries.

A silver Mazda 2, a black Vauxhall Astra and a blue Volkswagon Beetle were all damaged overnight between Friday and Saturday.

Police said that, in each case, the mirrors were damaged.

Jedburgh court appearance

A 20-year-old male has appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court accused of

assaulting and robbing an 80-year-old woman in her own home.

Law gavel

Taylor Wright, of no fixed abode, faces seven charges including entering the property in possession of an imitation firearm, defeating the ends of justice by disconnecting a telephone and stealing a car.

He is also charged with stealing the pensioner's bank card and using it to remove money from a cash machine in Selkirk.

The offences are alleged to have been committed at a house in the Yarrow valley area on Wednesday evening.

Wright made no plea and the case was continued for further examination. He was remanded in custody by Sheriff Derrick McIntyre.

Dyslexia road show

A campaign to raise awareness about dyslexia is set to take to the road in Dumfries and Galloway this week.

It is estimated that one in 10 people have some form of the condition which causes difficulties with reading, writing and spelling.

In a bid to highlight what support and advice is available, Dyslexia Scotland is taking its information van on a

three day tour of the region and will also hold talks and screenings of a film about dyslexia.

It begins tomorrow in Kelloholm and Sanquhar. It will also be in Dumfries, Lockerbie, Stranraer and Castle Douglas.

Osprey hopes for Peebleshire

There are hopes a male osprey may return to Peeblesshire this month, after wintering in Spain and West Africa.

"Lady" the osprey

Some birds have already been spotted in the York area.

Last year a female Osprey's main nest disappeared from the Tweed Valley. It was presumed she had died or been killed.

She had three chicks but despite the best efforts of her male partner, they perished as well.

Historic map rediscovered

Jonathan Amos

Science Correspondent

A first edition copy of

one of the most significant maps in the history of science has been re-discovered in time for an important anniversary.

Full map
The Geological Society
The roughly 1.8m by 2.5m map is made up of 15 sheets

William Smith's 1815 depiction of the geology of England, Wales and part of Scotland is a seminal piece of work.

The first map of its kind produced anywhere in the world, only about 70 copies are thought to exist today.


The Geological Society has turned up another in its own archives, ready to celebrate the map's bicentenary.

A7 road improvements

A £70,000 scheme to improve the road surface on a stretch of the A7 between Galashiels and Selkirk started last night.

A7 Boleside

Work on the road at Boleside from 19:30 to 06:30 each night from Wednesday will mean the A7 will be closed between these times from the Kingsknowes Roundabout to Tweed Bridge.

The route will be open during the day but speed restrictions will be in place because of a temporary road surface.

During the closures, southbound traffic on the A7 will be diverted onto the A6091 towards the A68 then travel south to St Boswells and turn right onto the A699. Northbound traffic will use the same route in reverse.

It's a sling thing

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

For years they have been considered little more than a hippy alternative to a conventional pushchair.

Ami AIndow
Dumfries mum Ami Aindow carries her 14-month-old daughter, Rae, in a sling

Baby carriers, slings and wraps were rejected in favour of expensive buggies and prams.

But today

"babywearing" or "kangaroo care" is enjoying a revival among new parents across the UK.

Canonbie break-ins

Property worth almost £2,000 has been stolen from a house in Canonbie.

police officers

A 28in television and jewellery including gold chains, a Pandora bracelet, charms and a number of rings, were taken between 10:30 on Friday and 12:30 on Sunday.

Police Scotland said it is the second break-in in the village in a week,.

They urged householders to put in place measures to deter opportunist thieves and to consider reviewing their own home security.

Annan Athletic win

Two late goals from Peter Weatherson earned

Annan Athletic a 3-2 victory over East Stirlingshire in Scottish League Two.

Scottish League Two

Steven Swinglehurst gave the hosts the lead early on with a header.

David McKenna swept in David Greenhill's cross to level and Christopher Townsley headed home another Greenhill delivery.

But Weatherson nodded in after Junior Ogen's shot had come back off the crossbar and then headed home a Stuart McColm's cross for the winner.

The Golden Ticket

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

A competition giving Borderers the chance to

nominate a deserving person for a special journey on the Borders to Edinburgh railway is being launched.

Borders Railway

The Golden Ticket will see members of the public given the chance to ride on a train on Saturday 5 September - the day before regular journeys start.

Scottish Borders Council is looking for nominations of people from all walks of life and all ages across the region.

Ticket winners will get the chance of a trip on the special train.


Traffic Scotland


tweets: #M74 (S) from J15 - Reports of an abnormal load taking up 2 lanes, causing traffic to slow in the area. #BeAware

Berwick Rangers win

BBC Sport


League Two bottom side Montrose succumbed to a red card and two goals in the final 20 minutes as

Berwick Rangers left Links Park with a 2-0 win.

Scottish League Two

Berwick had chances through Paul Willis and Blair Henderson before Steven Notman fired a penalty over.

The Gable Endies' Terry Masson was dismissed for a dangerous challenge on Henderson.

And Lee Currie's free-kick followed by Henderson's strike gave the visitors all three points.

A bright afternoon

BBC Scotland Weather


It will be a bright afternoon across the south-west and the Borders, with some good spells of sunshine.

Most places will stay dry, but a few showers will develop through the afternoon and the odd one will be heavy, turning wintry over the Galloway Hills.

Temperatures will reach 11C and fresh westerly winds will gradually ease.

Tune in

Radio bulletins coming right up at 12:30 from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

Don't miss all the latest news, sport and weather from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Hawick tower doomed?

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

A landmark

building in Hawick could be demolished amid claims it would cost too much to restore.

The Wilton Mill clock tower is situated on the town's Commercial Road.

Wilton Mill
Kim Traynor

It has been claimed it could cost in the region of £2m to make the building safe and useable which, a local developer believes, means saving it is out of the question.

Stranraer retain top spot

BBC Sport


A stunning late strike from midfielder Willie Gibson earned

Scottish League One leaders Stranraer a deserved 1-0 win over Airdrieonians.

Scottish League One

The home side came close to taking the lead when Sean Winter's header was well-held by goalkeeper Andy McNeil.

Stranraer continued to dominate and Steven Bell should have done better with a close-range header.

The Blues snatched the winner when Gibson let fly from long range to keep the Stair Park top of the table.

Bogie clinches win

David Bogie led from start to finish to clinch his fourth Border Counties Rally and chalk up his first win in this year's Scottish Championship.

David Bogie

The Dumfries ace finished 40 seconds ahead of the rest of the field in his Ford Fiesta R5 Plus.

Meanwhile, Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong, who won the opening round in Inverness, had to retire his Subaru with engine problems while sitting second.

Website redesign

The desktop version of

the BBC News website will be switched off at about 14:00 on Monday and all visitors will be directed to a newer, responsive design.

BBC News site in 2015
Users will be automatically switched at around 1400 GMT

The new site adapts its layout depending on what type of device it is being used on, be it a desktop PC, tablet or mobile.

The BBC said the move reflected the change in how the majority of visitors were consuming their news.

However, some users said the design felt "empty" and "too bright".

Borders football

Vale of Leithen crashed to a 2-0 defeat against Preston Athletic in front of a Groundhopper crowd of 328.

Gala Fairydean Rovers lost 2-1 at home to the University of Stirling, while Selkirk drew 1-1 with Spartans.

Tragic schoolboy sailors

A schoolboy sailor from Galloway was among 130,000 who died at Gallipoli during World War One.

McLeod and Faed
Torquil MacLeod and Ronnie Faed

Ronnie Faed, 15, and his best friend Torquil MacLeod, a Highlander, served aboard the battleship HMS Goliath.

As the 100th anniversary of the bloody battle for the Dardenelles Straits approaches, read their story


Crash victim named

Police have named

a woman killed in a road accident on the A75 near Eastriggs on Saturday.


Margaret Deacon, 67, from Leswalt, Stranraer, was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was a passenger in a white Mercedes Sprinter van which was in collision with a white Renault Traffic van at about 11:15.

A 42-year-old woman, who was also a passenger in the Mercedes van, is being treated for a serious head injury at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Big game ahead for Queens

Queen of the South substitute Derek Lyle said Saturday's win over Cowdenbeath was another vital win as they prepare to take on Raith Rovers tomorrow.

"It's massive. And now that's over I think that Tuesday is even bigger," he said.

"Raith Rovers are a decent team and up there it will be even harder than it was here so everyone's going to be focused with Falkirk slipping up against Hearts."

Queens 4-1 win

Queen of the South moved to within two points of third-place Rangers and four clear of Falkirk with

a comfortable Championship win over Cowdenbeath.

Iain Russell

Iain Russell headed home Mark Millar's deep cross to give Queens the lead and Michael Paton swept in their second.

Sean Higgins slotted past Zander Clark to reduce Cowden's deficit only for Mark Durnan to strike Queens' third.

And Derek Lyle rounded off the win by rifling into the net in the penultimate minute of regulation time.

'Gun' robbery court appearance

A 20-year-old man is

expected to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court today following a robbery in Selkirk.


An elderly woman was threatened in her home in the Yarrow valley area of the town with what appeared to be a gun.

Police said it was "a deplorable act which left an elderly woman in great distress".

They added that the alleged handgun was recovered and found to be a toy.

Sheltered housing fire

An elderly woman has been taken to hospital following

a fire at sheltered housing complex in the Scottish Borders.

Fire appliance

The blaze at a flat at Priorwood Court in Melrose was reported to fire crews just before 04:30 on Sunday.

St Mungo school closed

St Mungo Primary in Kettleholm has been closed because it has no electricity, according to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

A spokesman said Scottish Power has been informed and they hope for an "early solution".

The school is due to reopen tomorrow at 08:30.

Eastriggs death crash

A woman died following

a crash between two vans on the Gretna to Stranraer road on Saturday.


Police said the accident, which involved a Renault van and a Mercedes van, happened at 11:15 on the A75 near Eastriggs, in Dumfries and Galloway.

The 67-year-old female passenger in the Mercedes was pronounced dead at the scene.

Travel news

Traffic controls are in use for resurfacing on A709 Dumfries to Lockerbie Road near to Burnside Farm at Lochmaben.

On the A708 Moffat to Selkirk Road, temporary lights will be in use this week for work on a landslip between at the Grey Mares Tail and the boundary with the Borders.

Traffic controls also remain in use on the A76 at Enterkinfoot and for cabling on the A701 at Locharbriggs in Dumfries.