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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 30 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 31 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

That's it for today and thanks once again for joining us for all the latest from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

Send your news, views and pictures to dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or tweet us @BBCSouthScot.

Tricky conditions

More than 400 mountain bikers from across the UK were in Selkirk at the weekend for the inaugural Endura Whyte Vallelujah race.

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There were stages all over the Yair forest, with one of the most technical trails finishing right next to the forest road.

Despite some difficult weather conditions, competitors took to social networks in praise of the rally-style competition.

Tragedy of gas

One hundred years after the first gas attacks of World War One, an exhibition looking at the problems faced by disabled troops who returned home, is to go on display in libraries in the Borders.

Gas masks
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Silhouettes in the Fog and Guiding Lights also looks at the use of gas during the 1914-18 war, and the care of soldiers.

The exhibition from Scottish War Blinded is in Galashiels until mid-April, then in Hawick and Peebles in May.

McMillan Hall reopened

Newton Stewart's McMillan Hall was officially reopened on Friday following an extensive refurbishment programme.

McMillan Hall
Humphrey Bolton

Councillor Tom McAughtrie cut the ribbon at the landmark building. He said: "The hall clearly means a lot to the people of Newton Stewart and I hope they enjoy the use of the refurbished facility."

Clear spells

BBC Scotland Weather

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This evening persistent rain will move away, but scattered showers will follow, along with some clear spells. The showers will turn increasingly wintry over high ground.

In Dumfries and Galloway north-westerly winds will become strong to gale force later tonight. It will be windy in the east as well, with fresh to strong westerly winds.

Temperatures will dip to around 3C, with a risk of ice on untreated roads and surfaces.

Former TA soldier guilty of assault

A former Territorial Army soldier has been found guilty of

assaulting a complete stranger by punching him and repeatedly jumping on his head.

Bridge Inn
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Cassie was found guilty of carrying out the attack at the Bridge Inn in Galashiels

Brian Cassie, 30, of Galashiels, had denied carrying out the attack at the town's Bridge Inn.

A jury convicted him of the offence following a three-day trial at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

He was given a three-year community payback order with 300 hours of unpaid work.

On the radio

Tune into your local new bulletin on BBC Radio Scotland, broadcast from Dumfries and Selkirk, at 16:30 and 17:30.

Thieves target Co-op

Police believe two men and two women may be responsible for a spate of alcohol thefts from Co-operative stores across Dumfries and Galloway.

The Co-operative sign
The Co-operative

They were spotted in the firm's Moffat branch at about 13:00 on Friday but they left the store empty-handed after being challenged. Seven hours later they were in the Cooperative in High Street, Sanquhar, when six bottles of vodka worth nearly £80 were taken.

The four, who are thought to be Eastern European, were also in the Cooperative store in Wigtown the following day when five bottles of Jack Daniels was stolen.

The men are in their early 30s, one of medium build and one skinny. The women are in their mid-20s. One has shoulder length dyed bright red hair, the other has dark hair which was tied up.

Road repair work

The A701 Dumfries-Beattock road will be closed at The Grove over a weekend in April, while essential maintenance is carried out.

Scotland Transerv will carry out road resurfacing and drainage improvements from 10 April.

The road will be closed between Tinwald Downs roundabout and Edinburgh Road roundabout from 20:00 on Friday, 10 April until 06:00 on Monday, 13 April.

There will also be two overnight closures on the 13 and 14 April, from 20:00 until 06:00. A diversion will be in place via the B7076 and A709.

Manager's job extended

Queen of the South has extended

manager James Fowler's contract until the end of next season.

James Fowler
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Since taking over from Jim McIntyre last September, Fowler has led the team to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup and fourth spot in the Championship.

Fowler said he is delighted to extend his stay at Pamerston and he is focused on finishing the season in the top four.

"I'm loving the job, it's hard work," he added.

"I still find leaving players out hard and I don't know if that gets easier, but I've had great support from a great bunch of players and the Board and we've got a great group of supporters who back the team every week so it's good to have that as well."

Ice hockey in Dumfries

The first game of an international women's ice hockey championships being played in Dumfries has ended in a 10-3 win to Poland over Croatia.

Ice hockey
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The Division 2A section of the women's world championships is being held at the Dumfries Ice Bowl.

South Korea will play Kazakhstan at 16:30 today, before Great Britain take on New Zealand at 20:00.

Mountain bike stolen

A mountain bike worth about £1,000 has been stolen in a break-in to an outbuilding at a house in Ash Road, Dumfries.

The silver and black Specialized Camber FSR Expert was taken between 12:00 and 16:00 on Saturday.

Crossmichael marathon

About 130 competitors took part in the Crossmichael Marathon yesterday, which took runners on a 26.2 mile circuit around Loch Ken.

Runner
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James Haworth was the first man home in a time of three hours and 37 seconds. Alison Groat was the leading female athlete in 3:42:22.

John McRobert won the half-marathon, and the Sandgreen Sprinters took the team relay.

Munitions workers honoured

Former workers at munitions factories in the region during the World Wars have been honoured at a special presentation in Dumfries.

An all-party parliamentary committee of MPs has been campaigning to get official recognition for the thousands of women who were instrumental in the war effort.

While recognition still hasn't been fully achieved, it was decided to go ahead with a local ceremony, which was attended by eight surviving workers, and 20 families of those who had passed away.

Letitia Lancaster, 95, worked at a shell factory in Stoke-on-Trent before settling in south-west Scotland.

She said: "One day we had a 20mm shell going off and we all ran like mad. You couldn't see us for dust."

Hockey at the Ice Bowl

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: The IIHF Woman's Word Championship Ice Hockey is currently taking place at @dumfriesicebowl

Ice hockey game
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Boxing glory

A young Dumfries boxer is celebrating after winning the Scottish Welterweight title.

Dennis Broadhurst and Anne Armstrong
Doonhamers Amateur Boxing Club

Dennis Broadhurst, 19, a member of the Doonhamers club, took top honours at the Ravenscraig rink at the weekend. He said he owes much to his coach Anne Armstrong.

"For the past six years that I have been boxing, but especially the last year, I have lived the life of a monk. Me and my coach, Anne, doing one-to-one training all the time.

"She's put in as much dedication as I put in and it's been a team effort to get to this moment and it's just an absolutely phenomenal experience."

Rosetta plans approved

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Planning committee members at Scottish Borders Council have agreed to grant planning permission in principle for a relocation of a caravan park facility off Rosetta Road in Peebles, along with a major housing development of about 130 units.

The scheme has encountered strong opposition from Peebles Community Council and Peebles Civic Society.

Meningitis vaccine welcome

A Dumfries man who lost his teenage son to meningitis has welcomed news of a deal to secure the release of a vaccine against the deadly B strain of the disease.

Michael Pattie
BBC

All babies in the UK will receive the potentially life-saving jag after

the UK Government reached agreement on price with drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

Michael Pattie, who has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to support the Meningitis Research Foundation, was also one of the stars of BBC One's The People's Strictly.

He warned that it may take eight or nine years to develop "herd immunity".

"We must still play the awareness card all the time. This does not mean the end to meningitis but it is an important and very welcome step forward."

Borders rugby: busy weekend

Hawick beat Gala in the Booker Border League 19-13 and can now win the title for the first time in eight years if they beat Peebles on Friday night.

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At Poynder Park Selkirk completed a historic unbeaten league campaign with their 22nd straight victory, but they required a try six minutes into stoppage time to finally peg back Kelso 32-29.

Jed-Forest condemned Biggar to relegation with a 34-19 win at Hartree Mill, and Peebles fought out a draw with Stewart's Melville at the Gytes.

In the Premiership, Ayr edged out Melrose 14-13 at the Greenyards to earn home advantage in next week's play-offs.

World championship hockey

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

Poland and Croatia get Division 2A of the Women's World Ice Hockey Championships underway at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

Ice hockey match
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Point to point success

Heriot jockey Charlotte Dun, 19, posted her first successes in the saddle at Saturday's Berwickshire point-to-point aboard Rolecarr and Farm Pixie.

Weather warning

@MetOffice

The Met Office

tweets: Severe weather warnings for wind, rain and ice have been issued. Stay #WeatherAware at
http://bit.ly/1ed1LTH

Weather warning
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Cold and windy

BBC Scotland Weather

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A cold, windy afternoon to come. Thickening cloud will bring rain from the west later, with sleet or wet snow over the high ground. Temperatures will reach 7 or 8 Celsius, with fresh to strong westerly winds.

Tune in

Make sure you tune in to our lunchtime radio bulletins for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders at 12:30.

More news, sport, travel and weather to follow at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

Play-off hopes knocked

Annan Athletic's hopes of a play-off place took a serious knock when they lost 1-0 to lowly Clyde at Galabank on Saturday.

Annan v Clyde game
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Peter Watson went close in the first half, but overall the home side struggled to find any rhythm, and slipped to seventh in the table, with just five games remaining.

Read more

here.

Vomiting bug strikes 17 patients

A total of 17 patients at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary are thought to have norovirus.

A spokeswoman for the local NHS board said only

ward nine is closed, where 10 patients are displaying symptoms of the illness.

The other seven are in bays which have been closed off.

She said infections control measures have been put in place and she urged anyone displaying symptoms of the vomiting bug to stay away from the hospital.

Food, drink, art

An art exhibition to mark Scotland's Year of Food and Drink has opened in Dumfries and Galloway's food town.

Annirose Ansbro
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Paintings, jewellery, woodwork, photography and ceramics are

among the artworks by mainly local artists on display in Castle Douglas.

They include an abstract by local painter Annirose Ansbro, who took the theme of the exhibition literally.

She raided her kitchen cupboards for tea, coffee, liqueurs, fruit and mustard powder to use in her work, entitled Drool.

Metal bar attack

Police have launched an investigation after

a Dutch worker was attacked in a Galloway forest by three men using a metal bar.

Glentrool
Gordon Brown

The incident happened at about 08:00 on Saturday about two miles north of Glentrool near Newton Stewart.

The victim came across the trio after they had started the engine of a piece of his forestry machinery.

They attacked him with a metal bar before fleeing in what was described as a Ford Transit type van.

Wind farm objections

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Scottish Borders Council planning committee members have unanimously agreed to refuse permission for a wind farm development at Muircleugh.

Wind turbine
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Councillors agreed with planning officials that the wind farm would have an unacceptable impact on the landscape and would cause a noise nuisance to nearby properties.

Airvolution Energy wanted to build seven turbines 110m (360ft) high on the site between Stow and Lauder.

Scott's 'wild food'

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Almost 200 years ago Sir Walter Scott relied on herbs found near his home in Borders to counter health problems.

Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford
ROB MCDOUGALL

Journal entries record that he used "scalding fomentations of camomile flowers" to ease a stomach complaint.

This spring

some of the world-renowned writer's favourite herbal remedies will be uncovered in a special foraging expedition.

It is part of a programme of events for two south of Scotland nature festivals, uniting to promote "wild food".

Election campaigns begin

Scotland's political parties will be taking to the streets of the country on the

first official day of the General Election campaign.

Houses of Parliament
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Both Scottish Labour and the SNP are due to be out and about in Glasgow.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats will be campaigning in Kirkintilloch and the Scottish Tories will be at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Voters throughout the UK will go to the polls on 7 May to choose who they want to be their MP.

Betting scam warning

Police have revealed that

a Dumfries and Galloway man has been conned out of more than £20,000 in a betting scam.

Police
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The scheme started in February when the 67-year-old was contacted by someone in Stafford asking him to place bets in return for a commission.

Initially he made a profit but this drew him in to handing over large sums of cash which have now been lost.

Peebles housing plans

Plans for a large-scale housing development and relocation of a caravan park in Peebles are to be debated by councillors.

Rosetta caravan park
Chris Eilbeck

Aberdeen Asset Management has applied to

redevelop the site at the Rosetta Caravan Park on Rosetta Road.

It wants planning permission in principle to build 163 houses - mainly detached properties.

It also wants to convert the existing Rosetta House and stables into nine more residential units.

Queen of the South 'lacklustre'

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Hearts kick-started their Tynecastle title party with

a convincing win over a lacklustre Queen of the South.

Osman Sow gave Hearts an early lead against Queen of the South
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Osman Sow gave Hearts an early lead against Queen of the South

Goals in each half from Osman Sow and Alim Ozturk were enough for the home side in a match where they rarely looked troubled.

It was the second defeat in less than a week for James Fowler's side though, who seem to be stalling in their battle for the play-offs.

Norovirus closes ward

A ward has been closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary following an outbreak of norovirus, the NHS has confirmed.

Dumfries Infirmary
BBC

A total of 10 patients on ward nine have displayed symptoms consistent with the illness, a spokeswoman said.

The ward has been closed to admissions and transfers, and visiting has been suspended.

Travel news

There are traffic controls today on the A76 at Enterkinfoot, the A77 north of Cairnryan, and on the A75 at the new vehicle checkpoint at Glenluce.

Patching work is scheduled on the A7 north of Langholm.

Temporary lights will also be in use on the A709 Dumfries to Lockerbie Road from the Watchill junction to Burnside Farm near Lochmaben.

A cold start

BBC Scotland Weather

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It's a cold start with a widespread frost and a risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

It'll be mainly dry this morning, although after a bright start, it will become increasingly cloudy. Rain will reach Stranraer around midday; it'll turn heavy and spread to all parts during the afternoon.

It'll be a cold-feeling day, with temperatures of 7 or 8 Celsius, and fresh to strong westerly winds.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning. The clocks went forward at the weekend but British Summer Time has had a distinctly wintry feel in this part of the region.

Stay with us until 5pm for the very latest on that all-important weather, as well as the news, sport and travel from across the south of Scotland.