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

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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'Fantastic start'

The Women's World Championship ice hockey is proving a hit with spectators and competitors at the Dumfries Ice Bowl.

ice hockey

Olympic medal-winning skip Eve Muirhead, who is an ambassador for the competition, is among the crowds at the venue.

She said: "I'm thoroughly enjoying my time at the Ice Bowl, and seeing the skill and effort all the national teams are putting into this tournament.

"I frequently visit Canada due to my curling career, and try to find time to take in ice hockey matches when I'm there."

Andy French, general secretary of Ice Hockey UK said: "It has been a fantastic start to the tournament."

Source to Sea

Border Telegraph

Local football referee Craig Lowrie is used to covering a few miles during a game.

But this summer

the 37-year-old from Selkirk is setting out to complete three ultra marathons in three days.

And the dad-of-five is inviting other budding athletes to take up his Source to the Sea challenge in a bid to send the gravely ill cousin of his wife on the holiday of a lifetime.

Death inquiry date

An inquiry into the death of a 49-year-old woman who hit her head after falling off her bicycle in Dumfries will begin on 12 May and could last three days.

Dumfries Sheriff Court

The inquiry will be held at Dumfries Sheriff Court after being postponed earlier this year.

Sheila Hyslop died in the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh five days after the accident near her home last March.

She had been delivering telephone books in Albert Road, Dumfries, when she came off her cycle and hit her head.

Snow in the west

BBC Scotland Weather


This evening and tonight there's a mixture of showers and clear spells across the south of Scotland.

In the south-west, there will be further snow accumulation on the high ground and even slight, localised accumulations to lower levels. High parts of the M74 may see some snow too if you're travelling.

The severe gales will ease back, though the north west winds will remain strong to gale-force around the coast.

There will be a widespread frost and a risk of ice on any untreated surfaces in all parts of the region. A Met Office yellow 'be aware' warning for the ice risk is in force from 9pm. Lows close to freezing level, with strong north westerly winds.

Bulletin time

Remember to tune in for our radio news bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries at 16:30 and 17:30.

Then more news tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Slattery switch

Queen of the South's Pat Slattery has rejoined Queen's Park for the rest of the season.

The move is intended to give him more first team opportunities over the next month or so.

The Spiders are battling for promotion from League Two under former Queens' manager Gus MacPherson and Slattery will be eligible to play in the playoffs if they are not promoted as champions.

Coach gets credit

Keir Murray

BBC Scotland

Dumfries boxer Dennis Broadhurst paid tribute to his coach Anne Armstrong

after lifting the Scottish welterweight title at Boxing Scotland's National Elite finals at Ravenscraig on Saturday.

Anne Armstrong and Dennis Broadhurst

The apprentice roofer beat Dunfermline's Callum Susans over three three-minute rounds in a hard-fought encounter in which his opponent had a standing count in the second round.

Selkirk study

Another drop-in session is being held today to give locals the chance to discuss

improvement plans in Selkirk town centre.

Cross Keys
David Lally

The event is at the Cross Keys Regeneration Hub from 2pm to 5pm and from 6pm to 8pm.

Get involved - school food controls

Tweet us @BBCSouthScot


tweets: @BBCSouthScot My school in '50s had poor dinners. Many us went 'chippy' or transport cafe. Result-school vastly improved dinners; all returned. Give schools freedom from competition, food standards in school will inevitably fall.

Kazakhstan win

Kazakhstan have beaten Poland 4-1 in the fourth game of the Women's Ice Hockey Division II World Championships in Dumfries.

New Zealand will play Croatia at 16:30.

Think bike

Drivers have been urged to take extra care over

pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and bikers after the start of British Summer Time.


Police said that while nights would be getting brighter there could be a risk of poorer visibility in the mornings.

Bikers will be offered safety advice at a Skills for Life open day at Galashiels Fire Station on Saturday, from 10:00 until 15:00.

There will also be 20 free places on an Institute of Advanced Motorists advanced training course, on offer.


SP Energy Network

tweets: UPDATE #POWERCUT in #DG8 area of #IsleofWhithorn, NewtonStewart, engineers are continuing to examine an overhead line to repair the fault.

Aintree rider

Galashiels trainer Katie Scott has entered her veteran chaser Douglas Julian at next week's Grand National Meeting at Aintree, although not in the big race itself.

Douglas Julian has won his last two starts at Kelso to give Scotland's youngest jumps trainer a dream start to her career. He is expected to be in action on Thursday week.

Formal election notice

The returning officer for the south-west of Scotland constituencies has received official notification of the general election.

Alex Haswell and 'John' from the Royal Mail
Dumfries and Galloway Council
The writs were hand-delivered to Alex Haswell (R) by the Royal Mail

Parliamentary writs were delivered to Alex Haswell for the constituencies of Dumfries and Galloway and Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale this morning.

Mr Haswell has the responsibility of managing the election process in both constituencies and declaring the result following the count on 8 May, and returning the writs to the Clerk of the Crown.

Wee Gers face Elgin

Berwick Rangers are heading north tonight, where they will be playing Elgin City at Borough Briggs in an SPFL Two clash.


A win would see the Wee Gers leapfrog Elgin and move from eighth place up as far as fifth.

They managed a home draw against second top Queens Park on Saturday and a convincing 4-1 victory at fourth-placed East Fife last week.

Yellow weather warning

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for strong winds and ice in the south of Scotland.

weather maps
Met Office

North-westerly gales will continue today. There will be gusts of 50-60mph in places, with isolated gusts of about 70mph in the south-west.

Forecasters have also warned that ice is expected to form on untreated surfaces this evening and overnight, following wintry showers which leave surfaces wet.

GB ice hockey win

Great Britain's women's ice hockey team got their Division IIA campaign off to a great start at the world championships in Dumfries.

Ice hockey
Dumfries and Galloway Council

They won their match against New Zealand 8-1, boosting their hopes of finishing top and securing promotion to division IB.

The championships at Dumfries Ice Bowl resumed at 13:00 today, with a clash between Kazakhstan and Poland.

New Zealand will play Croatia at 16:30 and Great Britain take on South Korea at 20:00.

P&O cancellations

P&O Ferries has cancelled sailings between Cairnryan and Larne due to techinical problems.

The decision affects the 16:30 and 23:59 Cairnryan-Larne ferries, and the 13:30 and 20:00 Larne-Cairnryan sailings.

A spokesman said: "Passengers will be accommodated on the next available Super Ferry from Cairnryan and Larne

"It is expected that there will be further cancellations, and we will be operating with delays."

Heavy metal

A half-size cast iron anvil which weighs about 60lbs (27kg) has been stolen from a shed in Heck, Lockerbie.


Police said it was taken between Monday, 16 March and Wednesday, 25 March. It is worth about £150.


SP Energy Network

tweets: Our engineers are now en-route to investigate the #POWERCUT in #DG8 #IsleofWhithorn #NewtonStewart. Sorry for the inconvenience.

School closures

Debbie Muir

At Dumfries and Galloway Council

Councillors have agreed to a formal consultation during 2015/16 to look at closing Mouswald Primary outside Dumfries and St Peter's Roman Catholic Primary in Dalbeattie.

Both schools have fewer than five pupils with no projected future increase in demand.

A local church representative has agreed that it is sensible to look at closure even if it means no Catholic provision in the Stewartry.

However, parents have written a letter objecting to any possible closure.

Strong winds

BBC Scotland Weather


There will be sunny intervals in the Borders, with a few showers for the afternoon period.

The showers will be wintry on the high ground, with hail and sleet to lower levels at times. A bitterly cold feel, with strong to gale force westerly winds.

In the south-west, there will be a mixture of blustery showers and sunny spells this afternoon. The showers will be heavy at times, falling as snow on the high ground, with hail and sleet to lower levels.

Feeling bitterly cold with strong to gale force westerly winds. Severe gale force gusts for coastal areas and over the high ground.

Tune in

Don't miss the local radio bulletins for Dumfries and Selkirk coming right up at 12:30.

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tweets: @BBCSouthScot @BBCScotlandNews some of those retailers are small local shops who rely on that trade. They could be forced out of business

Electric fence battery stolen

An electric fence battery has been stolen from fields at Longrigg Farm at Thorthorwald, Dumfries.

Police said the item, which is worth about £100, was taken between 14:30 on Thursday and 14:30 on Friday.

Big Noise in Stranraer?

Stranraer could be the latest area to benefit from a free music tuition charity which originated in Venezuela to help street children.

Sistema orchestra

Sistema Scotland's Big Noise orchestra was established in the notorious Raploch estate in Stirling and it has been praised for giving the children involved confidence and ambition.

Dumfries and Galloway Council will today discuss ways of attracting Sistema to Stranraer.

Councillor Willie Scobie said: "It's not just about teaching the kids the musical instruments, it's about lifting their morale and making them feel good about themselves."

Food trail hailed

The development of an artisan food trail across Dumfries and Galloway is being congratulated in a Scottish Parliamentary motion.

Raspberry tart

A joint project by DG Food and Drink and Dumfries and Galloway Council, it is one of a series of efforts to boost food tourism to coincide with Scotland's Year of Food and Drink.

The motion, which has been tabled by south of Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine, holds up the collaborative approach taken as a model of good practice.

Get in touch

Today councillors in Dumfries and Galloway will look at the effect street traders selling food near schools has on children's eating habits.

Do you think we need to do more to encourage school children to eat more healthily? And, if so, how do you think we can do so? Email your views to or tweet us @BBCSouthScot.

Borders election hustings

Audience members are being sought for a

BBC Radio Scotland hustings debate in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders ahead of the General Election.

BBC Radio Scotland
The radio debate will be recorded on 23 April

It is for the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency and is being held on Wednesday, 22 April.

If you would like to be in the audience at the Scottish Borders Campus at Netherdale in Galashiels, email

Junk food crackdown

Rules about where and when

street traders can sell food near schools in Dumfries and Galloway could be set to change.

Overweight child
Science Photo Library

Councillors will examine the effect they have on children's eating habits.

A report to the region's education committee will highlight statistics that suggest more than a quarter of children in Dumfries and Galloway are at risk of being overweight or obese.

It estimates a third of pupils consume junk food during school hours.

Stranraer assaults probe

Police are investigating a number of complaints of assault which followed an altercation in Stranraer yesterday.


Two men and a woman were involved in the incident in the Port Rodie car park shortly before 17:00.

A police spokesman said there was a degree of shouting involved and he appealed for information from witnesses.

No one was seriously injured.

Smoke-free NHS grounds


NHS Dumfries and Galloway

tweets: From today all NHS Scotland grounds become #smokefree. Please wait till you leave our grounds before lighting up #greencurtain

Tower project begins

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

A project has started to try to stabilise a

historic Scottish Borders tower which has fallen into an "increasingly precarious" condition.

Torwoodlee tower

The scheme hopes to safeguard the future of the Torwoodlee Tower near Galashiels which dates back to 1601.

Travel news

Motorists are being warned to take extra care today with a forecast of high winds and wintry showers at times.

Traffic controls will be in use on the A76 at Enterkinfoot, the A77 north of Cairnryan, and on the A75 at Glenluce and at Springholm.

On the A7 there's telecoms work scheduled south of Langholm.

The high winds are also having an impact on some rail services on the west coast main line through Lockerbie with a number of delays. Passengers should check ahead.

P&O Ferries said their 10:30 sailing sailing from Cairnryan to Larne has been cancelled because of a technical problem. Passengers will be accommodated on the next available Super Ferry sailing from Cairnryan.

Wintry showers

BBC Scotland Weather


A day of sunny intervals and blustery, wintry showers. The showers will be heavy at times, falling as snow on the high ground, with hail and sleet to lower levels. There may be the odd rumble of thunder too.

Feeling bitterly cold with westerly gales, possibly severe along the coasts and over the high ground.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning from a very bright and sunny Dumfries.

We'll be here until 5pm to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the south of Scotland.