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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 8 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 9 April

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it for another busy day on the South of Scotland Live page. I'll be back tomorrow to bring you the latest from across the region from 9am.

If you have any stories, photographs or comments about the service, please get in touch by email on or, or tweet us @BBCSouthScot.

A fine end to the day

BBC Scotland Weather


A fine end to the day across the region, with plenty of warm evening sunshine.

There is a chilly night in store for the Borders, with temperatures close to freezing, with perhaps a touch of frost for some sheltered, rural spots. Some isolated mist and fog patches may develop too.

In Dumfries and Galloway it will remain dry, with some clear spells. The odd mist and fog patch can't be ruled out for some coastal parts. Lows tonight of around 3C, with light winds.

'Very lucky escape'

A family has been treated in hospital after suffering

carbon monoxide poisoning during a camping holiday in Galloway.

James Bell

They became unwell overnight after taking a barbeque into their tent at a campsite in Parton, after it was extinguished.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said the group was only woken when their dog started being sick.

Firefighters said the two adults and two children had a "very lucky escape".

Record car sales

Scotland's motor trade has reported

another record month for new car registrations.

New cars lined up

A total of 44,826 units were sold, an increase of just over 2.5% on the same period last year.

Takeaway boss in court

A takeaway boss has appeared in court to face five charges involving sexual assaults and indecent behaviour towards female employees.

Dumfries Sheriff Court

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, Michael Smith, 45, was accused of carrying out the offences at the Benvenuto and Prega takeaways between 2009 and 2014.

Smith, of Dumfries, denied the charges. Trial has been set for August.

Radio bulletins

Don't forget to tune into the local radio bulletins on BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30.

We're back again with live broadcasts from Dumfries and Selkirk at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow.

Test your knowledge

Fed up of the election, yet? If not, why not try

this quiz to test your knowledge of election candidates from the past?

Suffragette march

Kelloholm theft

More than £1,700 in cash has been taken from a house in McConnel Street in Kelloholm, near Sanquhar.

The theft happened sometime between Monday 30 March and Tuesday 7 April.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry to the house.

Galashiels chemical spill

A children's play centre in Galashiels was sealed off following a minor chemical spill.

police line

It was discovered after police were called to Mojo's soft play area to investigate a break-in at 09:00 today.

A spokesman said: "The fire service carried out the necessary cleansing operation and police are currently conducting enquiries at the scene.

He said "numerous items" were taken during the robbery.

South of Scotland League

Wigtown are back on top of the South of Scotland League after a 5-0 win over St Cuthbert Wanderers.

They leapfrogged title rivals Newton Stewart who went down 2-1 to Mid Annandale.

Football on a pitch

In the other games last night Edusport Academy beat Crichton 3-1 and Heston recorded a 3-1 win over Creetown.

McNish's F1 column

Allan McNish

BBC F1 analyst

Will Fernando Alonso win another world championship?

Fernando Alonso
Getty Images
Fernando Alonso moved from Ferrari to McLaren at the end of last year

From a driving point of view, yes, I think he can,

he just needs to be in the right car at the right time.

But for where McLaren-Honda are right now, this has been the worst start to a grand prix season they have ever had.

New election poll

Voters appear to want more powers for the Scottish Parliament - beyond the proposals currently on offer,

according to a new poll commissioned by BBC Scotland.

Collage: EU flag, Smith Commission, UK Border, Trident

However, the nation seems divided over whether there should be another referendum on independence in the near future.

Ospreys arrive at Threave

Two ospreys have arrived at Threave Estate.

NTS Threave Ospreys

Black 80 and his female companion have been seen at the estate near Castle Douglas every year since 2008.

The female bird touched down the nest at 14:30 yesterday, 10 days after Black 80.

Dumfries police station fears

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Cost cutting measures could lead to

the sale of one of two main police bases in Dumfries.

Police Scotland chief constable, Sir Stephen House, this week warned that they may need to dispose of some sites.

Telegraph latest

The Border Telegraph leads with a story about the Borders Railway.

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

Selkirk RFC building plans

Selkirk Rugby Club hope to celebrate their promotion success this summer by building new facilities at their Philiphaugh home.

Walter Baxter

Plans have been unveiled to build a new extension on the north side of the stand to create improved changing facilities and meeting rooms.

The detailed application said the 220-sq-m building being clad in cedar wood, in keeping with the clubrooms at the opposite end of the main stand.

Scottish Borders Council will consider the plans over the coming weeks.

Big Lit performance

Preparations are under way to welcome the Women's Guild of Master Bakers to the Big Lit Book Festival - where they will perform a ritual dance to honour the mystical Scone of Destiny.

The Women's Guild of Master Bakers
Big Lit

The ladies, resplendent in traditional costumes representing butter, flour, sugar or sultanas, will carry the giant scone through the streets of Gatehouse of Fleet and tell tales of its origins back in 1739.

With her tongue planted firmly in her cheek, Mischief La Bas director Angie Dight said: "In the light of the recent cupcake fad, I'm so delighted the ladies will be there to champion traditional Scottish baking. The Scone of Destiny is a symbol of hope in a time of uncertainty."

It takes place on Saturday 18 April, in the main car park as part of the four-day festival, which runs from 16-19 April, and includes everything from book and poetry readings to workshops, music, performance and installation art.

Valuable rings stolen

Five rings worth more than £1,300 have been taken from a red Mini in Stranraer.

The car was parked at the Sandmill MOT centre when the theft occurred between Monday 30 March and Thursday 2 April.

The rings include an engagement ring, a wedding ring and an eternity ring.

Dumfries norovirus latest

A ward at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is to re-open after a norovirus outbreak.

Dumfries Infirmary
NHS Dumfries and Galloway

An NHS spokeswoman said ward 10 is likely to re-open on Wednesday.

A total of 46 patients and 11 staff have been affected by the sickness and diarrhoea bug, she added.

Ward 14, a rehabilitation and elderly care ward, will remain closed to admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

Dalbeattie assault accused

A woman has appeared on petition at Dumfries Sheriff Court on a charge of assault to severe injury.

It follows an incident at a house in Dalbeattie at the weekend in which a man sustained serious facial injuries.

Joy Fletcher, 56, from Dalbeatttie, made no plea during the private hearing and was bailed.

The Great Getaway

A voluntary group which wants to put Stranraer on the map as a film making hub has been awarded £18,000 to set up technical training workshops by Dumfries and Galloway Council's Wigtown area committee.

Bonnie Prince Charlie
Getty Images

Reel Time D&G will train extras for battle scenes in the movie "The Great Getaway" about Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape to Skye which producers are keen to film in the region.

Reel Time's Heather Meldrum said: "The way I think the money will be spent is in actually training people in martial arts, how to do the battle scenes, buying some equipment which will allow us to train youngsters in the production side of it, and just actually get the whole thing up and running."

Blooming lovely


tweets: From my #morning #walk at the Haugh of Urr

Haugh of Urr

Dumfries diesel theft

About 150 litres of diesel, worth £180, has been stolen from a lorry parked in the Troqueer waste water treatment plant in Dumfries.

It was taken from the facility in Moat Road on Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Lengthy spells of sunshine

BBC Scotland Weather


Another dry day with some good lengthy spells of sunshine.

Most places will feel pleasantly warm for the time of year in light winds, with maximum temperatures reaching around 14C in the south-west and 17C in the east. It will be a little cooler along the coast.

Tune in

Tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 12:30 for the latest news, sport, and weather from the south of Scotland, broadcast from our studios in Dumfries and Selkirk.

Ewe must be joking

Southern Reporter

A sheep in the Borders has given birth to five healthy lambs.

Five healthy lambs
The Southern Reporter

Lesley Mitchell, of Whitriggs Farm near Denholm, said: "It is very rare for a sheep to have five lambs, especially all born alive and healthy."

Read the full story


Queens confidence

The Standard's back page looks ahead to Queen of the South's game against Rangers tomorrow night.

D&G Standard
D&G Standard

Anti-poverty strategy

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

More than £100,000 has been earmarked to support the implementation of Dumfries and Galloway's first anti-poverty strategy.

According to a report to the full council later today, the cash would be drawn from a policy development fund previously used to allow the Citizens Advice Service to open on Saturday mornings.

Usage figures were low however and weekend provision ended at the beginning of April.

The council has now proposed using the £105,000 to support a new anti-poverty strategy which is expected to be launched in July.

Get in touch

Janet Jones emailed: This is a really good new site for news updates in Dumfries and Galloway. Please keep it going!

Stranraer man conned

An elderly

man from Stranraer has lost more than £15,000 in a banking scam.

Phone call

The 78-year-old was the second person in Galloway to have been conned out of a substantial sum recently.

On Saturday a 64-year-old woman from Newton Stewart lost in excess of £12,000 when she was targeted by an anonymous caller.

Hydrotherapy hopes

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Campaigners fighting to keep Borders General Hospital's hydrotherapy pool say they are encouraged by NHS Borders allowing outside groups to use the pool.

Borders general hospital
Walter baxter

The health board signalled some time ago it wanted to close the pool and refurbish the hospital's outpatients department, with some hydrotherapy provision possible at a Jedburgh pool in future.

But Val Miller, of the Borders Patient Action Group said the pool in Melrose is now being made available for two private sessions on a Thursday.

She added: "We have had an assurance from John Raine, who is chairman of NHS Borders, that the pool at Borders General Hospital would remain open and in use until an alternative facility was available elsewhere."

Police station reopens


Police Scotland's Dumfries and Galloway Division

posts on Facebook: Sanquhar Police Station is open for business again, having been closed for renovation.

The opening hours for the public counter are: 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

Sanquhar police station
Police Scotland

Lockerbie road accident

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

A driver has escaped uninjured after his van crashed off the M74 and up an embankment near Lockerbie.

The accident happened shortly before eight this morning on the northbound carriageway around Junction 17.

Landmark inn for sale

A landmark Galloway

inn where author Dorothy L Sayers wrote a celebrated crime novel has gone on the market.

The Ship Inn, Gatehouse
Colin Kinnear
The Ship Inn in Gatehouse-of-Fleet was known as the Anworth in the 1930s

The writer penned Five Red Herrings at The Anworth Hotel in Gatehouse-of-Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire, ahead of its publication in 1931.

In a foreword to the novel, she paid tribute to the hotel's owner, "my friend Joe Dignam, kindliest of landlords".

Now known as The Ship Inn, the business has gone on the market for £425,000.

Gas found at housing development

Work has been stopped on the biggest housing development in the Borders after traces of gas were found during a sampling exercise.


Borehole investigations at Easter Langlee, a 512-home development near Galashiels, uncovered both methane and carbon dioxide.

Work on phase two of the development, which borders the Far Knowe landfill site, was immediately stopped.

Persimmon have submitted a report to Scottish Borders Council with plans to mitigate the gas risk. A Scottish Borders spokesman said this was being examined by the relevant officers in the council and would be responded to in due course.

Front page

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard hits the shelves today. It leads with the story of the tragic road accident near Thornhill.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Travel news

On the A75, a convoy system will be in use today for patching work at Newton Stewart, east of Newton Cottage.

There are also traffic controls at the new vehicle check point at Gllneluce and at Mossyards near Gatehouse.

Traffic signals also remain in use on the A77 north of Cairnryan and on the A76 north of Thornhill at Enterkinfoot.

In Dumfries, temporary lights are operating on the A701 at Quarry Road at Locharbriggs and on Edinburgh Road at the junction with Lovers Walk.

Another Fine Day

BBC Scotland Weather


Another fine, dry day to come with some spells of sunshine developing.

The sunshine will lift temperatures up to around 14C.

South westerly winds will freshen around the coasts during the course of the afternoon.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning from a beautiful sunny Dumfries.

The photograph illustrating today's live page is of St Abbs harbour in Berwickshire.

I'll be here until 5pm, bringing you the very latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the south of Scotland.