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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday, 7 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday 8 April

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Thanks for your company on the South of Scotland Live page today.

I'll be back at the helm at 9am tomorrow. See you then.

Cloudy in parts

BBC Scotland Weather

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Tonight will be dry across the region, with some clear spells and some isolated mist and fog patches in the Borders.

Cloud will tend to increase overnight in the south-west, particularly across Galloway. The clearest skies will be towards Lockerbie and Moffat.

Temperatures will dip to around 3C. Winds will remain light.

Taxi driver robbed

A taxi driver was robbed of cash by a passenger at knifepoint in Galashiels earlier this morning.

police
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The incident happened in Tulley Court at about 12:30 after he picked up a fare from Channel Street.

Police said the suspect is about 6ft tall, of thin build, in his mid-20s with a Glasgow accent. He was wearing camouflaged trousers and jackets, with black boots and a white Famous Grouse beanie hat.

They have appealed for help from witnesses.

Broadhurst heads to Serbia

Young Dumfries boxer Dennis Broadhurst is set to head off for his first fight on foreign soil in the next two weeks.

Anne Armstrong and Dennis Broadhurst
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It follows the 19-year-old's triumph at Ravenscraig rink late last month when he won the Scottish welterweight title.

He will be fighting the best boxers from around Europe in the Belgrade Winners' Tournament in Serbia.

"The competition is preparation for the Three Nations which is in May, so taking on the Wales champion and whoever England puts in as their champion. It's the biggest competition in Britain."

Ice hockey boost

An international women's ice hockey competition held at the Ice Bowl in Dumfries has been hailed for bringing

an economic boost to the local area.

Ice hockey at Dumfries
ALAMY
Great Britain won all its matches before a 2-0 defeat in its final game

The Division 2A women's world championships event was the fourth International Ice Hockey Federation tournament to be held in the town.

It had previously staged Under 18 events for both men and women and an Under 20 championship.

The latest event was believed to have generated about £150,000.

Pub owner jailed

A pub owner from the Borders who indecently assaulted two staff members and a customer has been jailed for eight months.

The Ship Inn
David Purchase

Keith McDonald was also placed on the sex offender's register for 10 years after being told he had "abused his position as an employer".

At Selkirk Sheriff Court the 48-year-old was found guilty of committing the offences at the Ship Inn in Melrose.

Radio times

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 for the latest news from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

The next bulletin is at 17:30, then we return tomorrow at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Havin' a dook!

@EyemouthHarbour

Eyemouth Harbour

tweets: Spring sunshine in #Eyemouth. There's even a few hardy souls havin' a dook! - brrr bit cold for that #northsea

Eyemouth Harbour
Eyemouth Harbour

Banking scam warning

Police have issued a warning about a banking scam after a woman in Newton Stewart lost more than £12,000.

money
Joe Giddens

During the scam, the victim is apparently called by their bank saying their account has been subject to fraudulent attempts to access cash.

They are asked to call the bank for instructions about transferring money into another "safe" account.

However, the caller does not hang up after the initial conversation and victim, who believes they are speaking to their bank, speaks to the original caller and gives them their account details.

Police Scotland urged anyone receiving such a call to ignore it, report it to the police and to their bank.

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We're also keen to hear your views on this South of Scotland Live page.

'Greatly missed'

@fairydeanrovers

Gala Fairydean Rovers

tweets: Sadly on Sunday in his 90th year former Gala Rovers captain Andrew Murray passed away, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him

Police investigate suspicious fire

Police are investigating a suspicious fire in Babbington Drive in Dumfries.

firefighters
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It was discovered at a ground floor flat at about 23:15 on Sunday and it was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

No one was injured in the blaze but there was some slight damage to the flat.

PC Garry Campbell said: "This appears to have been a reckless act and by setting fire to the flat the residents of the surrounding flats were put in danger. Had the fire not been extinguished quickly this could have had tragic consequences."

A&E waiting times

Monthly

A&E waiting times in Scotland have improved slightly since January but have failed to meet government targets, NHS statistics show.

Ambulances wait outside an emergency department
BBC
The Scottish government started to publish weekly A&E waiting times in March

In February, almost 87.9% of people were seen within time, up from 87.1% in January.

But weekly waiting times, which cover major hospitals only, show a slight drop in performance.

The Scottish government said it had been challenging winter, but there were signs of improvement.

New venture for QoS

Queen of the South Football Club has taken over the running of a council-owned sports complex.

King George V
BBC

The King George V Centre in Dumfries has a synthetic all-weather pitch, tennis court, fitness suite and multi-use games area.

A spokesman for the club said that, through time, the venue will be developed for the good of the club and the community.

Chairman Billy Hewitson said "Nothing will change for the next few months, but the building of the Queen of the South Arena has been great for Dumfries.

"This is another venture for the club in our home town and with the help of the community we hope to make it a great success."

Norovirus outbreak

A total of 44 patients at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary are suffering from norovirus, the NHS has confirmed.

Dumfries Infirmary
NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Eleven members of staff have also reported experiencing symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea.

Wards 10 and 14 remain closed to admissions, transfers and routine visiting. Wards 12 and nine, which have also been affected in the outbreak, have reopened.

Dr Martin Connor, consultant microbiologist and infection control doctor, asked relatives who need to visit their loved ones in wards 10 and 14 to contact the ward before going to hospital.

South league fixtures

There will be four games in football's South league this evening.

Football
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Leaders Newton Stewart are away to Mid Annandale, while second placed Wigtown and Bladnoch who sit one point behind with a game in hand travel to Kirkcudbright to face St Cuthbert Wanderers.

In the other games Crichton host Edusport Academy and at Palmerston Heston Rovers are at home to Creetown.

Stranraer TV stars

As they bid to land the Scottish League One title, Stranraer's penultimate game of the season against Morton will be televised.

The clash at Stair Park on 25 April will be shown live on BBC Alaba and will kick off at 17:30.

Three injured in Cleikimin crash

Three people were injured in a road accident in the Borders yesterday.

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A black Seat left the A698 Hawick to Kelso road near to Timpendean, Jedburgh at about 14:00.

Its male driver received minor injuries and two passengers, who were seriously injured, were taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment.

A Vauxhall Corsa was also in the area one mile west of Cleikimin at the time, but police said the vehicles did not collide. The road was closed for about six hours.

Sergeant Vinnie Fisher said: "This was a serious collision and we are eager to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this collision or who saw two dark coloured cars on the A698 between Hawick and Cleikimin between 13:45 and 14:10 on Monday to come forward."

Priorities poll

Voters in Scotland have been asked to rank their

top priorities in the forthcoming general election in a poll commissioned by BBC Scotland.

Collage: Pound coins, a gas hob, pensioners sitting on a bench looking at the sea, and a shiny golden doorknob against a green door
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People were asked to rank policy statements from one to 10, where one meant it should not be implemented, and 10 that it should be implemented immediately.

The most popular policy was to increase the minimum wage to £7.85 per hour.

This was closely followed by a guarantee that pensions would rise.

Rural thefts warning

Police in Dumfries and Galloway have urged people living in rural areas to be alert following a spate of thefts of farm vehicles in the region.

police officers
BBC

Insp Stuart Davidson, area inspector for the Stewartry area, said: "We are appealing for those who live in the more rural areas of the region to keep their eyes and ears open for any suspicious activity in or around their property and report it immediately to us through 101 if anything seems out of place.

"It is clear that thieves are targeting the region for these high value thefts from farms just now and we need the assistance of the community to help catch them."

Empty buildings

Property owners, developers and professionals from across the Borders have been invited to a free event to discuss opportunities for empty buildings.

abandoned factory
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The event at Victoria Halls, Selkirk, on 21 April, will include a series of short talks on assessing alternative uses for an empty property, working with traditional buildings, creative marketing of empty properties and empty homes funding.

It has been organised by Scottish Borders Council and the Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

The event, which runs from 17:30 to 19:30 is free, however advance booking is essential. To book a place at the event contact selkirkCARS@scotborders.gov.uk.

Farm vehicles stolen

A Land Rover Defender and two quad bikes have been stolen from farms in the Corsock area of Dumfries and Galloway.

Police said the green vehicle, registration number PK07 WYO, was taken from a farm between 03:30 and 07:00 on Thursday 2 April.

The Honda quad bikes were stolen between 22:00 on Thursday 2 April and 06:00 the following day. They are red and worth about £1,000 each.

It follows the theft of a red Honda quad bike, worth £500, from the Parkgate area of Dumfries on Wednesday 1 April.

Park's grey wolf dies

A grey wolf has died at the Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park following a short illness.

Lupo the wolf
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

Lupo had lived at the park in Kirkcudbright for three years, after being re-homed from the Scottish Deer Centre in Fife.

A spokesman for the park said he would have been 17 later this year. The average lifespan for a grey wolf in captivity is 15 years.

"He will be sorely missed," the spokesman added.

A fine afternoon

@BBCScotWeather

BBC Scotland Weather

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It'll be another fine afternoon across the south of Scotland - dry and bright with some good spells of warm sunshine. A few mist and fog patches may linger around the Solway Firth. Winds will be light from the West.

Temperatures will respond well in the sunshine, peaking at 15C.

Radio news

Don't forget to tune into BBC Radio Scotland for your local news bulletin, broadcast from Selkirk and Dumfries, at 12:30.

Boys' golf success

Four of the 13 south-west players who're competing in the the Scottish Boys Golf Championship at Dunbar have booked places in round two of the match play tournament.

golf club
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Those progressing are Chris Finnie of Lockerbie, Nathan Watson of Kirkcudbright, and Angus Bendall of Castle Douglas.

Mathew McCulloch of Portpatrick and Powfoot's Duncan McNeil were handed byes.

Community council nominations

The process for electing a new community council for Earlston will begin on Monday.

The previous council folded last month after numbers fell below the minimum required following

a row over a play park.

Nominations are invited from members of the community whose names appear on the current electoral register for Earlston Community Council area before the closing date of 11 May.

If there are more nominations than the 12 places available, a ballot will be held.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Donaldson's Butchers and Evergreen Flower Shop in Earlston, and from Scottish Borders Council at Newtown St Boswells from 13 April.

Thornhill flat fire

Firefighters tackled a large blaze in a flat at Thornhill this morning.

firefighter
BBC

Teams from Thornhill, Sanquhar and Dumfries were called to the scene in West Morton Street just before 12:45am.

Incident commander Alexander Halliday said one flat in a two storey block of four was well-alight.

He said they used breathing apparatus and hosereel jets to extinguish the fire, and a thermal imaging camera to check for hidden fire spread.

One man was treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation. The occupants of two flats require emergency accommodation.

Dalbeattie assault

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

A man is being treated for serious facial injuries following an alleged assault at his home in Dalbeattie at the weekend.

Dalbeattie town centre
Oliver Dixon

The 54-year old was admitted to Dumfries Infirmary early on Saturday morning.

He was later transferred to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

A woman is expected to appear in court at Dumfries in connection with the incident.

Election debates

BBC Radio Scotland is hosting two hustings debates in the south of Scotland ahead of the general election.

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

The first will be held in

Galashiels on Wednesday, 22 April, for the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency.

A second debate for the

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale constituency will be held in Moffat on Monday, 27 April.

To apply to be part of the audience at the Scottish Borders Campus at Netherdale, Galashiels, email bordersdebate@bbc.co.uk.

To be part of the audience at Moffat Town Hall, email at southwestdebate@bbc.co.uk.

Misconduct hearing

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

A misconduct hearing into alleged clinical failings of a locum doctor employed briefly by NHS Dumfries and Galloway has been adjourned until September.

The General Medical Council case against obstetrics and gynaecology consultant Olufunso Oyesanya includes a series of misconduct charges relating to his treatment of six patients.

The list of allegations includes failing to take account of a patient's drug allergy before prescribing pain relief and failing to carry out a scheduled procedure without a proper explanation.

He worked with the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway in April 2011.

Hockey competition

@IIHFww2015

IIHF Women's World Championship 2015 Dumfries

tweets: The @dumfriesicebowl returns to normal business, we hope it's not long before the @IIHFHockey Family comes back to Dumfries and Galloway.

Ice hockey championships

@IIHFww2015

IIHF Women's World Championship 2015Dumfries

tweets: The players, officials and volunteers have left #Dumfries and returned to their various corners of the country and the world.

Borders ICT jobs

Members of Scottish Borders Council have agreed to examine new ways of delivering information communication technology (ICT) services for the local authority.

Computer keyboard and headset
Gajus

A private report on the future of technology services, considered by councillors last week, has now been made public.

It outlines how, for the next six months, the lead officer responsible for ICT services at City of Edinburgh Council will also lead the Borders service whilst a review is undertaken.

And a new strategy for future delivery of the service should be determined by early October, with outsourcing of services a strong possibility.

Tony Trench, of the Unite union, said there is now time to ensure high quality jobs remain in the Borders.

Norovirus outbreak

A fourth ward has closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary in

a major outbreak of norovirus.

Dumfries Infirmary
NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Ward 14 is the latest to be shut to admissions and transfers and is subject to visitor restrictions.

General medical wards nine and 10 were shut for much of last week. Ward 10 remains closed, but ward nine was expected to partially reopen at 17:00 on Monday after a deep clean.

Ward 12 was shut on Thursday but reopened on Friday.

RTA victim is named

A man who died after he was struck by a vehicle near Thornhill yesterday has been

named as Robert Patterson, of nearby Carronbridge.

police accident sign
BBC

A police spokesman said the 49-year-old was struck by a Honda Accord on the A76 Dumfries - Kilmarnock road.

He appealed for help from witnesses to the crash, which happened just after 01:00 yesterday.

Travel news

Temporary lights remain in use on the A77 north of Cairnryan and on the A76 north of Thornhill at Enterkinfoot.

There are also traffic controls in use on the A75 at the new vehicle check point at Glenluce, and further east you'll encounter lights at Mossyard near Gatehouse.

In Dumfries, temporary signals will be in use from 09:30 on the A701 at Quarry Road at Locharbriggs.

A cloudy start

BBC Scotland Weather

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It's rather a cloudy start across the south of Scotland, with patchy mist in places, but cloud will thin and break through the morning, allowing some good sunny spells to develop. Mist and fog patches will linger around the Solway Firth.

Winds will be light from the west. Temperatures will peak at a warm 16C in the best of the sunshine.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning.

Stay with us until 5pm for the very latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the south of Scotland.

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