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  1. Updates for Friday 10 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 13 April

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Thank you for your company on the Live page this week.

We'll be back at 9am on Monday but in the meantime you can send your stories, photographs and comments to us at or

Rain pushing in overnight

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be fine end to the day in the Borders with some late sunshine.

In the south-west, a dry evening will turn increasingly cloudy, will hill fog.

Across the south of Scotland, rain will push in through the evening, spreading to all parts overnight.

It will become quite persistent, and it'll bring snow to the hills and high ground.

Football fan banned

A football fan has been banned from attending matches for a year after

he set off a flare during Queen of the South's clash with Rangers.

Dumfries Sheriff Court

Liam Bernard, 17, from Coalburn, was also fined £350 at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

He admitted culpably and recklessly igniting a smoke emitting flare, placing other supporters at risk of injury at Palmerston Park in Dumfries.

The incident happened towards the end of the first half of yesterday's match.

Siblings defy odds

Three siblings have defied

odds of 50,000-1 to share the same birthday.

Borders siblings
Borders Press Agency
Aila, Louie and Tom share a birthday on 31 March

Gillian Miller and Mark Walkingshaw were stunned when son Tom was born on 31 March at Borders General Hospital in Melrose.

That was exactly the same delivery date as his brother Louie, 11, and one-year-old sister Aila.

Your photographs

View a selection of the

photographs sent to the BBC Scotland news website this week, including this one of Scott's View in the Borders.

Scott's View
Chris Hawkes
Scott's View on Easter Sunday. Photo by Chris Hawkes from Newstead, Melrose.

Tourism boost

The Tour of Britain cycle race will boost the profile of the south of Scotland when it passes through the region in September, according to tourism bosses.

Tour of Britain

Two stages will pass through Scotland. On the first day, cyclists will pass through Gretna as they travel from Cockermouth to Floors Castle in Kelso. On the second, they will travel from Edinburgh, through the Borders to Northumberland.

VisitScotland believe it will provide a boost for accommodation providers and it will showcase the region and its cycling opportunities on a world wide platform.

Regional director Paula McDonald said: "With excitement and passion for cycling and a record high following the hugely successful road race at the Commonwealth Games last year, we look forward to welcoming some of the world's top riders to Scotland once again."

Radio Times

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland for your last local news bulletins of the week at 16:30 and 17:30.

We'll be back with more on Monday at 06:30, 07:30, 08:30.

Quiz the candidates

Would you like to put your questions to your local politicians?


The UK general election is taking place on 7 May and as polling day approaches Scotland is taking centre stage.

As well as national leaders' debates, BBC Scotland is holding

regional radio debates in Galashiels and Moffat.

The Galashiels debates is on Wednesday 22 April, while the show in Moffat is on Monday 27 April and you could be in the audience.

For your chance to quiz local party candidates

you can apply online here.

'Travelling classroom'

Southern Reporter

Abellio, which runs the Scotrail franchise, has announced

plans to run a "travelling classroom" on the Borders Railway.

"We want to engage with young people in the Borders, capture their imagination and foster in them the sense that is their railway and they should respect it," said the firm's communication director Mike Connelly.

Dumfries rowing regatta

A local rowing club is gearing up for its annual regatta this weekend as it celebrates its 150th year.


The Nithsdale club was formed in September 1865 and has been based at the Greensands in Dumfries ever since.

Crews from throughout Scotland and the north of England are expected at the event, and racing will get under way at 10:00.

Acting president Fred Coulthard says the club continues to thrive, with new faces always welcome, and age isn't a barrier.

Berwick face Clyde

Berwick Rangers are at home to Clyde in SPFL 2 tomorrow. Clyde sits just one point above the Borders team in the lower regions of the division.


Hospital 'functioning normally'

Every ward at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is

open for the first time in almost two weeks, the NHS has confirmed.

norovirus bug
Science Photo Library

Since norovirus was first reported in the hospital on March 28, the bug has spread through four wards.

A total of 46 patients and 12 members of staff have suffered from sickness and diarrhoea.

A health board spokesman said all the wards affected by the outbreak are now "functioning normally".

A Border derby

A Border derby between Gala Fairydean Rovers and Vale of Leithen at Netherdale will be among the highlights of the Lowland League fixtures this weekend. Selkirk travel up to meet Preston Athletic.

In the Premier Division of the East League, bottom side Coldstream are at second-top Easthouses Lily.

Duns remain in the three-horse race to be promoted with Peebles Rovers from the East First Division. They welcome Burntisland Shipyard while Peebles play Hawick Royal Albert, Eyemouth United go to Heriot Watt University and Kelso United head up to Ormiston.

'Commitment and effort'

In SPFL Two Annan Atheltic need three points against Queen Park at Hampden tomorrow to keep alive their slim hopes of making the play-offs.

Speaking to the online community television station, Annandale TV, Galabank boss Jim Chapman said: "This is the business end of the season now. There's only four games left and we know that there's nothing less than maximum points is going to be good enough.

"No matter who is available, we need 100% commitment and effort from everyone in the last four games should be wish to achieve our target of a fourth play off spot."

Get in touch

The picturesque image on our front page today was taken at Mersehead in Dumfries and Galloway.

If you would like to see one of your photographs of the region illustrate the South of Scotland Live page, please email it to us at or

Mersehead Beach

'Dry and bright'

BBC Scotland Weather


In Dumfries and Galloway it will stay dry and bright with some sunshine at times, with temperatures inland reaching 15 or 16C.

A freshening south to southeasterly wind will keep it a few degrees cooler along the Kirkcudbright and Wigtownshire coast, with some patchy low cloud reaching these areas later.

It will also be dry and bright in the Borders, with some sunshine at times this afternoon, though thicker areas of high cloud will make this very hazy at times.

A very warm afternoon with temperatures up to 18 or 19C. South to southeast winds will gradually freshen.

Camra's top pub

The Cavens Arms in Dumfries has been named one of the UK's top 200 local pubs, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

Cavens Arms

It is the only bar in the south of Scotland to make the prestigious list, which is compiled by local Camra volunteers.

Weekend football round-up

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

There's a local derby in the Lowland League as Gretna host Dalbeattie Star while, bottom side Threave Rovers welcome BSC Glasgow.

Elsewhere, there's a full card of fixtures in the South of Scotland league. Leaders Wigtown and Bladnoch are at home to Upper Annandale, while second placed Newton Stewart make the trip to New Abbey to play Abbey Vale.

In the other fixtures, there's home games for Dumfries YMCA, Fleet Star, Lochar Thistle, Mid Annandale and Nithsdale Wanderers.

Third placed St Cuthbert Wanderers head to Gatehouse to face Star, while fifth placed Edusport have the chance to extend their leader over Lochar who sit a place below.

Heston are the visitors to Lockerbie and Creetown are Nithsdale's opponents in Sanquhar. In the Ayrshire district league, Kello Rovers are away to Darvel.

Road death police appeal

Police have appealed for witnesses to a road accident in the Borders which led to the death of a Hawick teenager.

Dale Whillans
Police Scotland

Dale Whillans, 18, died in hospital three days after the incident on the A698 at Timpendean, near Jedburgh, on Monday.

The black Seat in which he was a passenger landed in a field one mile west of Cleikemin.

Sergeant Vincent Fisher said: "Police are very keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the vehicle shortly before the incident."

Title in sight

In League One, Stanraer head to Dunfermline tomorrow protecting a one point lead at the top of the table.

Scottish League One

They have the title in their sights with four games to go, but striker Craig Malcolm said they can't afford to look beyond the next match.

"The twice we've played up there and won this season, we have in a way been a wee bit lucky.

"But we have taken our chances and been clinical so we need to make sure we do that again."

'Further complications'


SP Energy Networks

tweets: UPDATE #POWERCUT in #TD7 area of #Selkirk. Our engineers have reported further complications on-site & are continuing to work on the fault.

Find your candidates

Nominations for candidates standing in general election closed last night. Find out who is running in your constituency


BBC screen shot

Turn on, tune in

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 12:00 for the latest world, UK and local news, broadcast from our studios in Selkirk and Dumfries.

Standard's back page

The back page of the Standard reports on Queen of the South's hopes to turn the King George V sports complex into a football academy.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

'Where is the love?'

This week's Peeblesshire News reports on funding fears for a cycling festival.

Peeblesshire News
Peeblesshire News

Melrose Sevens on the BBC

There will be live coverage of the Melrose Sevens on BBC Two Scotland at 14:00 tomorrow, as 24 teams compete to win the oldest Rugby Sevens tournament in the world.

rugby ball

Glasgow Warriors are back to defend the title after lifting the Ladies' Centenary Cup on their debut at the event in 2014.

They were the latest in a run of guest teams to win the tournament in recent years. This edition will feature squads from England, South Africa and Germany. But teams from the Borders will be keen to emulate Melrose's famous victory at the Greenyards in 2011.

Presented by Dougie Vipond, there will be expert analysis and commentary from John Beattie, Bill Johnstone, Doddie Weir, Scott Hastings, Colin Gregor and Andy Nicol.

'Toxic fumes'

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads with the story of a family who had a "lucky escape" during a camping holiday in Parton.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Missed the game?

BBC Sport


Watch highlights from last night's big match between Queen of the South and Rangers


Chris Higgins and Nicky Clark

Coldingham road accident

A man had to be freed by firefighters after an accident three miles north of Coldingham, Berwickshire, last night.

The car left the A1107 road at about 23:00 and hit a tree.

Special equipment was used by fire and rescue crews from Eyemouth and Northumberland to free the occupant who was then taken to hospital.

600 objections to wind farm

A plan to build a

wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway has attracted almost 600 objections.

Wind farm

Councillors have been recommended to back proposals for a development at Mochrum Fell in the Stewartry.

Developers Falck Renewables Wind Limited want to build eight turbines on the site, west of Corsock and north-east of Parton.

Objectors have raised concerns about issues including the effects on tourism and local wildlife.

'Massive' games to come

BBC Sport


Manager James Fowler described

Queen of the South's upcoming games as "massive" after defeating Rangers 3-0.

James Fowler and Stuart McCall
Fowler (left) took over as Queens boss following the departure of Jim McIntyre in September

Victory moved Queens above Falkirk into fourth - the final Championship promotion play-off place - ahead of the Bairns' trip to Palmerston on Sunday.

"We're in there at the minute but have achieved nothing yet," said Fowler.

Bruce relics display

It was destroyed almost 500 years ago but for the first time

the remaining fragments of Robert the Bruce's ornate tomb are to be displayed together.

Robert the Bruce
The Abbotsford Trust
A 3D image of the tomb of Robert the Bruce will go display at Abbotsford

After the monument was destroyed during the Reformation, relics found their way into various collections around the country.

One of them was that of Sir Walter Scott and from Saturday his Borders home will host the unique collection.

It will be accompanied by a 3D digital image of the warrior king's grave.

Power cut


SP Energy Networks

tweets: We are aware of a #POWERCUT in #TD7 #Selkirk. Our engineers are working to restore supplies. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Eye on the prize

BBC Sport


Rangers' five-game unbeaten run under Stuart McCall was brought to an end by

clinical counter-attacking from promotion rivals Queen of the South.

Derek Lyle (left) celebrates scoring for Queen of the South
Derek Lyle (left) opened the scoring for Queen of the South

The 3-0 defeat prevented the Ibrox side going above Hibernian into second place in the Scottish Championship as Queens rose above Falkirk into fourth.

Derek Lyle volleyed Queens into the lead against the run of play.

Lee Wallace turned the ball into his own net 16 seconds after the break and Gavin Reilly fired in Queens' third.

Travel news

There will be traffic controls today on the A75 just east of Glenluce and Mossyards near Gatehouse.

There will be advance warning to motorists of major roadworks in Dumfries this weekend. The A701 between the Tinwald Downs Road and the Edinburgh Road roundabout will be closed from 20:00 this evening until 06:00 on Monday. Diversions will be in place.

Plenty of sunshine

BBC Scotland Weather


After a chilly start, it will be another fine morning with plenty of sunshine.

High cloud will increase in the afternoon, turning the sunshine hazy.

It will feel warm for the time of year once again with maximum temperatures of 17C in Kelso and Galashiels, 16C in the south-west.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning. It's another beautiful morning in Dumfries, after a misty start.

There's only one news story of interest to football fans in this part of the region today. More on last night's big match later.

Before 5pm, I'll also be bringing you the rest of the news, travel and weather from across the south of Scotland.