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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 13 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 14 April

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for today, join us again tomorrow morning from 9am with all the news, sport, travel and weather for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

In the meantime, email your news, views and images to

dumfries@bbc.co.uk or
selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

We are also on Twitter

@BBCSouthScot.

Quad bikes stolen

Police Scotland is investigating the theft of another two quad bikes from the west of Dumfries and Galloway overnight.

Quad bike tyre
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In the latest thefts, a red Suzuki quad was stolen from a farm at Drummore and a red Honda quad from a farm at Stoneykirk.

These quads are valued at around £3,000 each. The latest crimes follow the theft of two quads and a Landrover Defender from the Stewartry area last week.

Dog owner plea

As lambing in Scotland's hills and uplands gets into full swing, NFU Scotland is urging dog owners and dog walkers to keep their pets under control around livestock.

Incidents of sheep worrying are growing with more farmers across the country seeing their livestock distressed, hurt or killed by dogs.

Mild night

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be cloudy across the south of Scotland tonight with a little rain at times - it'll be generally light and patchy, with some drier spells too.

Some heavier, more persistent rain will reach Galloway by morning.

It'll be a breezy night, with brisk southwesterly winds, and it'll be mild, with temperatures holding up around 8 Celsius.

Radio bulletins

Remember to tune in for our radio news bulletins for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway coming up soon.

There are at 16:30 and 17:30 and then back tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Wishes wins

A win for Langholm trainer James Ewart at Kelso Races this afternoon.

Lord Wishes took the 4.00pm race at a price of 11/2.

Military manoeuvres

A major military exercise - involving naval landings, aircraft and combat troops -

is getting under way in Dumfries and Galloway.

Local motorists are being advised that military vehicles will be on the move on the region's roads - in particular the A75.

Police station opens doors

Police Scotland is opening its doors to the public at Loreburn Street Police Station in Dumfries on Saturday 25 April.

Police station
bbc

Between 12:00 and 16:00 staff in the station will welcome the public in to have a look around the "busy operational police station".

The public will be able to view areas such as the cell block, the fingerprint room, the museum, CCTV control room and the Identification Parade Room.

A7 fatal crash latest

Police are trying to trace a man seen walking near to the scene of

a fatal crash on the A7 near Langholm at the weekend.

He is described as being about 35 years of age and was wearing a green anorak and green wellington boots.

He may also have been carrying a backpack.

PC Callum Kingstree said: "We would like to trace this man in case he may have any information which would help us piece together the circumstances surrounding this crash."

Dumfries and Galloway rugby

In West One, bottom side Annan lost out 19-12 away to Garnock at the weekend; while in West Two, Stewartry made home advantage count with a 24-15 victory over McLaren.

In West Three, Wigtownshire pipped Loch Lomond 11-10, and in West Four, Moffat continued their promotion push with a 38-15 win against Cowal.

Kelso opener

@KelsoRacecourse

Kelso racecourse

tweets: 101st win for Brian Hughes on Apachee Prince in the Duncan Sinclair Memorial Race

First winner
Kelso Racecourse

Other football

In the East of Scotland first division at the weekend, leaders Peebles Rovers won 3-0 at home to Hawick Royal Albert, but there was defeat again for Coldstream in the premier division, by 3-2 at Easthouses Lily.

Both Duns and Eyemouth suffered heavy defeats, Kelso also losing at Ormiston.

In the South of Scotland League, there were wins for St Cuthbert Wanderers, Crichton, Lochar Thistle, Mid-Annandale and Nithsdale Wanderers while Wigtown & Bladnoch and Upper Annandale drew 0-0.

In the Juniors, Kello Rovers were 1-0 winners away to Darvel in the Ayrshire District League.

Election debates

Fancy being part of the audience at our radio debates ahead of the General Election in Galashiels and Moffat?

Just

sign up here and you could question the people seeking your vote.

Books are back

Selkirk Library has reopened to the public.

Books
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As well as being redecorated, the library has a new layout with mobile shelving to maximise the available space for events and activities.

It also has a new service desk, more space for the junior library and a dedicated IT space.

Moped set alight

A blue Yamaha Aerox 50cc moped was stolen from the car park in the Margaret Walk/Elizabeth Walk area of Lincluden in Dumfries some time overnight between Friday and Saturday.

It was found burning in a field behind Criffel Avenue in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Fantastic day

@welovehistory

Historic Scotland

tweets: A fantastic day at Smailholm Tower last Friday, easy to see why it inspired Sir Walter Scott!
http://ow.ly/LwvgQ

Smailholm Tower
Historic Scotland

Tree plea

A Hawick councillor is urging the local authority, housing associations and others to ensure trees on their land aren't posing a nuisance, or even a risk, to nearby residents.

Branches
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Stuart Marshall said that, while they undoubtedly added beauty to the landscape, trees could also cause problems.

The chips are down

Scottish Borders Council has teamed up with two charities to offer free microchipping for dogs.

Dog
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The events are being held ahead of the Scottish Government introducing compulsory microchipping in April 2016, which will aim to help reunite lost or stolen dogs with their owners.

The two events are on 24 April at Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick and 15 May at Linkim Court, Eyemouth - both from 10am to 2pm.

Polar rugby challenge

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

Dumfries-born polar adventurer Jock Wishart

is about to embark on his latest Arctic challenge.

If it all goes to plan, a game of rugby will be played at the North Pole.

Jock Wishart
BBC

The team will haul 60kg sleds with all their kit, players will trek 12 hours a day for six days, on a 100-mile trek from Resolute Bay to the magnetic pole.

Final preparations

@ScotlandTeam

Scottish Rugby

tweets: Gr8 to see shops of Hawick getting behind @HawickRFC ahead of Sat's #BTCupFinalsDay! They face @BmuirSports at 5.45pm

Shop window
Scottish Rugby

Lowland league round-up

Gala Fairydean Rovers and Vale of Leithen fought out a 2-2 draw in the Lowland League at the weekend where Selkirk won 3-2 away to Preston Athletic.

League table
Lowland League

Connor Graham scored in each half to give Gretna a 2-0 over Dalbeattie Star, while bottom side Threave Rovers earned a point in a 1-1 draw against BSC Glasgow.

Empty property action

Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

Property owners, developers and professionals from across the Borders

are invited to attend a free event organised by Scottish Borders Council and Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

The gathering at the Victoria Halls, on April 21, will include a series of short informative talks by leading experts on subjects including assessing alternative uses for an empty property, working with traditional buildings, creative marketing of empty properties and empty homes funding.

Patchy rain

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A rather cloudy look to the afternoon and damp too with outbreaks of patchy rain spreading to all parts.

Winds will continue to pick up as the rain moves in with a freshening southerly. Milder with a late high today of around 11 celsius.

Tune in

Don't forget our local radio bulletins are on air from Selkirk and Dumfries at 12:30.

More news, sport, travel and weather at 16:30 and 17:30.

Grand slam success

BBC Sport

Scotland

Eve Muirhead's rink secured their second grand slam triumph of the season

by winning the Players' Championship in Toronto.

Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead
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Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead

Muirhead, along with Dumfries and Galloway's Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams as well as Sarah Reid, defeated Russian skip Anna Sidorova's rink 4-2 in Sunday's final.

"It's been a season of inconsistencies but we just really dug in," said Sloan.

"It showed that we are a strong side and that we're here to compete."

Warriors win

Glasgow Warriors

won the Melrose 7s at the weekend, retaining their trophy in the final with a win against the surprise package of Germany, who made their first visit to the world famous event.

Melrose and Jed-forest were the pick of the Borders sides - going out to Germany and Glasgow Warriors - at the semi-final stage.

Berwick draw a blank

BBC Sport

Scotland

Berwick Rangers and Clyde

played out a goalless draw at Shielfield Park on Saturday.

The hosts had the better of the first half, with Andrew Russell forcing a save from Alan Martin with a header after a good cross by Lee Currie.

Literary preparations

Final preparations are under way for the Big Lit book festival in Gatehouse of Fleet from 16 to 19 April.

Rally and Broad
Other

Among the highlights will be Rally and Broad's lyrical cabaret.

Acclaimed duo Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum provide Sunday afternoon's finale.

Spiders snare Annan

BBC Sport

Scotland

Queen's Park kept the title race alive in Scottish League Two

by beating Annan Athletic at Hampden Park at the weekend.

The Spiders won for the first time in four games to close the gap on leaders Albion Rovers to five points.

Stranraer slip to second

BBC Sport

Scotland

Stranraer slipped off the top of Scottish League One

after losing to Dunfermline at the weekend.

Substitute Fayssal El Bakhtaoui broke clear and coolly fired in a low drive to decide the game.

Assault appeal

Witnesses are being sought to a "serious assault" outside a pub in a Dumfries and Galloway town

in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident happened shortly before 01:00 near the Thornhill Inn on Drumlanrig Street in Thornhill.

Thornhill Inn
Google

Police said a 27-year-old man had been found with serious facial injuries as a result of the attack.

Going good at Kelso

@HazelPeplinski

Clerk of Kelso racecourse Hazel Peplinski

tweets: Dry overnight @KelsoRacecourse after 4mm rain yesterday. Going: Good (Watered). A cold bright start to raceday, may catch a shower later.

Drink-drive impact

The lowering of the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland has affected business in the hospitality sector,

according to a new report.

Barman
Thinkstock

The Bank of Scotland said restaurants and bars were seeing "a changing pattern of spending" because of the new law, which came into force in December.

Birthday bash

@DGStandard

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

tweets: 90-yr-old Dumfries man hits nightclub with pals to celebrate birthday #Dumfries #Galloway #Scotland #legend
http://bit.ly/1yjuVvj

Del delivers for Doonhamers

BBC Sport

Scotland

Queen of the South took a grip on fourth place in the Championship

with a narrow win over nearest rivals Falkirk on Sunday.

Derek Lyle
SNS Group

Derek Lyle pounced on a Will Vaulks' error to volley in the only goal after 22 minutes at Palmerston.

Travel latest

The weekend closure of the A701 at the Grove in Dumfries should now be over, however, it's scheduled be shut again from 8pm tonight until 6am tomorrow morning for further resurfacing.

On the A75, a convoy system is in use today for patching work just west of Halfway House between Newton Stewart and Glenluce. There are also temporary lights at Mossyard near Gatehouse. Traffic signals also remain in use on the A77 north of Cairnryan and on the A76 north of Thornhill at Enterkinfoot.

On the ferries, P&O are warning of revised sailings between Cairnryan and Larne due to a technical problem - passengers should check ahead. No problems to report with local rail travel.

Bright start

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A chilly start with an early frost in places.

Dry and bright with some hazy sunshine.

Cloud will increase from the west introducing some patchy rain this afternoon.

Southerly winds will freshen as the rain moves in. It will be mild with a late high of 12 Celsius.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome on board for the start of another week of news, sport, travel and weather for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Send us your stories, images and opinions to dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

We are also on Twitter @BBCSouthScot.