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Summary

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

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 at the South of Scotland Live page today. We'll be back tomorrow from 9am.

Rain dying out

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll remain cloudy and wet through this evening.

However, overnight, the showers or longer spells of rain will die out.

This leads to long clear spells and a frost in rural parts as the winds finally fall light.

Temperatures will dip to freezing or a touch below.

Gritters are go

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Road surface temperatures forecast to be below freezing tonight so our gritters will be out from 6pm to presalt all routes #sbctravel

Stress help

NHS Borders is offering a series of weekly classes in Peebles this month to give people practical advice on managing stress.

There will be four sessions, each lasting an hour, each Thursday from tomorrow until 23 April in Peebles Library.

Each class will start at 5.30pm.

In the frame

@IIHFww2015

@IIHFww2015

tweets: The @GBWomensHockey having official photos taken before today's Learn To Play session at @dumfriesicebowl

Ice Hockey team
IIHFww2015

Radio times

Don't miss our local radio bulletins for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

We're back again tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 with the latest from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

Developers 'confident' of turbine plan

Developer Element Power says it is confident its plans for a south of Scotland wind farm would be "welcomed" by the local community.

It staged a series of public exhibitions at Sanquhar, Dalry, Tynron and Carsphairn for its 16-turbine Windy Rig project.

The company said more than 60% of visitors backed the plans and it hopes to submit an application in May.

More wins in store?

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

After his 500th career win, Andy Murray has been reflecting on his amazing tennis career with his mum.

On a schools coaching visit to Dumfries, Judy Murray revealed she spoke to Andy on the phone last night after he'd beaten South African Kevin Anderson in the Miami Open.

Judy Murray
BBC

She said they'd talked about his very first win when he got a wildcard into the Queens Tournament in 2005 just after his 18th birthday.

It had been against a Spaniard who they jokingly referred to as "Ace Ventura".

Laughing, Judy said they could never have imagined then that he'd get to the 500 milestone which she admitted was "a big achievement".

Asked how many more wins Andy has in him, she said: "It depends how healthy he stays but hopefully he'll stay in good shape and be around for a good few years yet."

Norovirus spreads

A second ward has been closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary following an outbreak of norovirus,

the NHS has confirmed.

Dumfries Infirmary
NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Ward 10 has been shut to admissions and transfers, and there is a temporary restriction on visiting.

Rural role

Former NFU Scotland President Nigel Miller has been appointed to the board of Scotland's Rural College - and its commercial arm.

Nigel Miller
SRUC

Mr Miller - an honorary SRUC fellow - completed his four years at the helm of the farmers union in February.

The former vet still farms at Stagehall near Stow - and has also been given the job of chairing the new Livestock Health Scotland body.

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Contact us via dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or on Twitter through @BBCSouthScot.

Court appearance due

A 42-year-old man is expected to appear in court following an incident in which a police officer was hurt in a Borders supermarket.

Police were called out to the Tesco store on Paton Street in Galashiels at about 09:45.

Police said a man had now been charged with theft by shoplifting, resisting arrest and possession of a knife.

Special guest

Berwickshire News

The Right Reverend John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

was the special guest of Duns Presbytery this week.

The Moderator and his wife Elizabeth, arrived on Monday and their visit culminated on Tuesday evening with a special Easter event at Duns Parish Church. On Monday the Moderator and Mrs Chalmers played at Eyemouth Golf Club before visiting the lifeboat at Eyemouth harbour.

Crash warning

The Border Telegraph is out today and it leads on a story linked to the recent plane crash in the Alps.

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

Accordion crime

A red Rossini accordion worth more than £300 has been stolen from the John Douglas Music Shop in Great King Street in Dumfries some time around 3.55pm on Tuesday.

A young man and a woman - who appeared to be pregnant - were in the shop at the time with a boy aged about four.

PC Dale McEwan said: "An accordion is not something that you can easily conceal when stealing it and we are seeking the help of anyone who may have been in the town centre to get in touch if they can assist us in identifying these two people."

Police officer injured

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

A police officer was taken to Borders General Hospital after being hurt during a struggle with an alleged shoplifter in Galashiels.

Tesco
Google

The incident happened in the Tesco store in Paton Street at around 9.45am today.

Police say the officer sustained a leg injury and they're continuing to speak to staff and other witnesses.

Aintree inspection

@mania450

Retired Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania

tweets: On my way to walk @AintreeRaces and have a good look at the amazing national fences #GrandNational

School closure move

Two primary schools in Dumfries and Galloway

could be closed due to dwindling pupil numbers.

Mouswald Primary
Google

Two pupils are enrolled at Mouswald Primary, near Dumfries, while St Peter's Roman Catholic Primary in Dalbeattie has a roll of just four.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has agreed to hold a consultation on plans to shut the schools.

World Cup plans

BBC Sport

Scotland

Scotland will begin their World Cup preparations

at a high-altitude training base in the French Pyrenees.

Scotland lost all of their Six Nations matches this year
SNS Group

Head coach Vern Cotter has booked his squad into the Font Romeu camp, used by world-record marathon runner Paula Radcliffe, for a week in June.

Quad bike theft

Police are investigating a break-in and theft of a red Honda quad bike from a garage at a farm at Parkgate, Dumfries, sometime between 1.30am and 5.20am today.

The bike is new and is valued at around £5,500.

Tax change

A new tax which changes the way people pay duty on house purchases

has come into effect in Scotland.

Houses
PA

The Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) replaces UK stamp duty under new devolved powers contained in the Scotland Act 2012.

F1 preparations

@AllanMcNish

Allan McNish

tweets: Pit buildings starting, grandstands going up, some resurfacing work done.#MonacoGP #F1

Monaco
ALlan McNish

Audience appeal

Audience members are being sought for a BBC Radio Scotland hustings debate

in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders ahead of the General Election.

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, you can apply online.

The email address for applications is bordersdebate@bbc.co.uk.

Feeling cold

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be another cold, blustery afternoon across the south, with frequent showers, these merging into a spell of persistent rain as the afternoon goes on.

There'll be sleet and snow over the hills. It'll feel cold, with temperatures of 8 Celsius and fresh west or northwesterly winds, though these will ease towards evening.

Equine influenza diagnosed

A horse in the Scottish Borders

has been diagnosed with equine influenza.

Horse
Thinkstock

It is only the second time so-called "horse flu" has been detected in the UK this year.

Tune in

It is nearly time for our radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk, coming up at 12:30.

Tune in for all the latest from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Curlers turn corner

BBC Sport

Scotland

Following five successive defeats at the World Men's Curling Championship,

Scotland picked up two victories in Halifax, Canada, on Tuesday.

Scotland skip Ewan MacDonald
Getty Images

Ewan MacDonald's rink - including Dumfries and Galloway's Euan Byers - beat Russia 8-6 and USA 6-4 to move off the bottom of the standings.

Grand National hopes

Wilson Renwick looks set to have a shot at the Grand National a week on Saturday.

He's down to ride 50/1 shot Clorrin Wood for trainer Donald McCain.

The 34-year-old Hawick jockey is enjoying his best ever season with 59 winners.

Double defeat

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard marks a bad weekend for Queen of the South and Annan Athletic.

Back page
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Wigtown on track

Southern Counties Challenge Cup holders Wigtown kept their bid to retain the trophy on track last night with a 6-2 win over St Cuthbert Wanderers in the semi-final of the competition.

They'll now face Queen of the South for the silverware after the Dumfries side beat Heston Rovers 2-0.

Thieves target grieving families

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and leads on a story of how families who have lost loved ones are being targeted by thieves.

Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Ferry delays

@gallgaz

Galloway Gazette

tweets: Stena sailings from #Cairnryan remain delayed for up to two hours due to weather.

Two for two

Great Britain Women made it two wins from two matches as they beat Korea Women 3-1 in the World Championship at Dumfries Ice Bowl on Tuesday night.

Coach Cheryl Smith said: "They stuck to the gameplan and systems - and they put in an excellent performance.

"Korea were very quick but we managed them well and we deserved the win."

Judy Murray visit

@DGCsport

@DGCsport

tweets: @DandGCollege lecturers and students working with @judmoo as part of the @TennisOnTheRoad

Tennis day
Dumfries and Galloway Council

'Devastating' crimes

Thieves have targeted the homes of people who have recently died

during a spate of burglaries in parts of Dumfries and Galloway.

In one case, a house was ransacked as the funeral took place.

Police said the crimes have had a "devastating" impact on relatives who are already grieving for a loved one.

Queens drop out of top four

BBC Sport

Scotland

Captain David McCracken headed in the only goal as Falkirk

moved above Queen of the South into fourth spot in the Championship.

Falkirk recovered from a shock weekend loss to Dumbarton to move into the play-off places
SNS Group

The defender met an Alex Cooper free-kick in first-half stoppage time to take his tally for the season to five.

Autism support

Dumfries and Galloway Council

An autism support information event is taking place at Burns House, Stranraer from 2pm to 6pm.

This event will be an opportunity for professionals, carers, parents or those with an interest in autism to meet with representatives from a wide range of organisations that provide support for people with autism and/or their families.

Berwick fight out thriller

BBC Sport

Scotland

Substitute David Gold hit a late equaliser for Berwick Rangers

to dampen Craig Gunn's hat-trick celebrations last night.

The Elgin result left Berwick five points adrift of a play-off place.