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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 15 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 16 April

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Damage delays roadworks

Police are appealing for information following a report of damage to a wall near to Lockerbie Fire Station between 4pm on Tuesday and 8am today.

The damage has resulted in significant delays and expense to ongoing roadworks.

Reef join Palmerston line-up

Reef are the latest band to sign-up for Queen of the South's summer concert.

Reef
Other

They join Status Quo and Big Country on the line-up for the gig at Palmerston Park on 5 June.

Castle view

@KLFStudio

@KLFStudio

tweets: Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway

Caerlaverock
Katie Friend

Dry evening

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be dry across the south of Scotland with some evening sunny spells and light winds.

It'll remain dry overnight, and with long clear spells it will turn chilly, with a touch of frost on the grass and some low lying mist in places later.

Temperatures will dip to around 1 Celsius.

Radio bulletins

Tune in at 16:30 for the latest radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk.

All the news, sport, travel and weather for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway coming up.

More at 17:30 and then we're back at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow morning.

Play-off cash change bid

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Hibernian, Hearts and Motherwell

have put forward a proposal to cut the amount of cash distributed to clubs who are not part of the Scottish Professional Football League play-offs.

Current rules state that clubs outwith the play offs get a share of 50% of money generated through gate receipts.

All 42 SPFL clubs will now vote next week on a proposal to cut that percentage to 25%.

Output rises

Output from the Scottish economy rose by 0.6% during the final three months of last year,

according to Scottish government figures.

Wall
Thinkstock

The UK as a whole saw the same rate of growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during that quarter.

Power restored

@SPEnergyNetwork

@SPEnergyNetwork

tweets: Supplies have been restored to customers affected by #POWERCUT #TD11 #Duns. Thank you for your patience today.

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We are on

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We are also on Twitter as

@BBCSouthScot.

Harry targets Ayr glory

Harry the Viking will aim for a Borders triumph in the Scottish Grand National on Saturday at Ayr.

Harry The Viking Diamond Jubilee National Hunt steeplechase in March
Getty Images

Trained by Greenlaw's Sandy Thomson, it is priced around 25/1 for the race.

Announcement imminent

@WickermanFest

The Wickerman Festival

tweets: 12hours until the next release of acts for Wickerman 2015, don't hold ur breath yet we want u to make it to midnight!

Wickerman Festival
Wickerman Festival

Front page

@bordertelegraph

The Border Telegraph

tweets: A special eight page pull-out and keep feature on the Melrose Sevens is included inside this week's @bordertelegraph

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

Food safety award

The Museum of Lead Mining at Wanlockhead has been recognised for its high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and food safety with an Eat Safe award.

Tearoom staff
Dumfries and Galloway Council

The museum achieved the accolade as a result of its commitment to "food safety management standards beyond those required by law".

Temperature drop

@Scotborders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Clear skies and sharp drop in temp means risk of ice on higher roads later tonight so our gritters will be out pre-salting! #sbctravel

'Despicable' theft

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

A thief targeted an elderly woman in her Annan home,

police have said.

Officers said it was a "despicable" crime and are appealing for the public's help in catching the man responsible.

The victim was sitting in her home in Annan's North Street on Tuesday afternoon when a man entered the property at about 15:40.

'Suspicious' van

@NithsdalePolice

Nithsdale Police

tweets: Suspicious White Transit Van and White Mitsubishi going door to door in @NithsdalePolice area. Report all suspicious activity to 101

Bookshop boost

Bestselling author James Patterson

has announced the second round of independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland to receive grants following his pledge to donate £250,000 in June 2014.

James Patterson
Getty Images

Over £130,000 has already been allocated and the remaining grant allocation of £120,000 has now been allocated to a further 68 bookshops, including the Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells.

Official opening for library

An official opening of the refurbished library in Selkirk will take place next Tuesday.

The site re-opened to the public this week following its closure for renovation.

Good progress

@dgcouncil

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: Works to improve public space in Gretna Green and Springfield are progressing well.

Gretna works
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Sunny spells

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry afternoon to come across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, with some spells of brightness and sunshine.

Winds will continue to ease, and with highs of around 11 celsius, it will feel fairly pleasant in the sunshine.

Bulletin time

Make sure you tune in at 12:30 for our local radio bulletins from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

All the latest coming up from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Carer award

NHS Borders has been recognised for its commitment to supporting employees who are carers and has been awarded the Scottish Government's 'Carer Positive' Engaged kitemark.

Carer award
NHS Borders

Chairman John Raine accepted the award on behalf of NHS Borders who have demonstrated that they are an employer who provide a "working environment where carers are valued and supported".

Defibrillator boost

Emergency defibrillators have been installed in four tiny Scottish villages by Crailing, Eckford and Nisbet Community Council, to address concerns about the distance from emergency services and an ageing population.

Defibrillator
other

They have been purchased for the residents of Crailing, Eckford, Nisbet and Ulston in the Kelso/Jedburgh area of Roxburghshire in the Scottish Borders.

Election debate

The BBC is holding local radio debates in the run up to the General Election in Galashiels and Moffat.

If you'd like to be part of the audience

you can apply here.

Happy days

@_mattbaker

@_mattbaker

tweets: And we're in! Happy days with @TheStovies - now resident on Dumfries High Street #UnderNewManagement #OpenHouse

Store front
Matt Baker

Lowland League cup clash

There's a Lowland League Cup match between Selkirk and Vale of Leithen this evening.

And on the East of Scotland scene Eyemouth United travel to Ormiston, Hawick Royal Albert are at home to Heriot-Watt University, and Peebles Rovers play Kelso United at Whitestone Park.

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Play-offs in sight

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard covers Queen of the South's run of great results to stand on the brink of the play-offs.

Back page
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Borders amateur league

Last night in the Border Amateur League A division, second top Gala Fairydean Rovers beat Ancrum 4-1, Gordon made it 5-1 against Chirnside and Greenlaw edged Jed Legion 1-0.

B Division action saw leaders Hawick United ease past Earlston Rhymers 3-0, and Tweeddale Rovers beat Gala Hotspur 2-1.

In the C Division the winners were Hawick Legion Rovers, Tweedmouth Amateurs, Lauder and St Boswells.

Train spotting

@Fireball_Pete

@Fireball_Pete

tweets: @BordersRailway - spotted the promo train at Waverley. Looking good. #thisiscivilengineering look forward to Sept 6

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Wigtown on the brink

Wigtown have one hand on the South of Scotland league trophy after a 5-1 win over Creetown last night. They now need just one point from their remaining two games to land their second successive championship title.

It comes after nearest rivals Newton Stewart suffered their third straight defeat - going down 4-2 at home to Fleet Star.

In the other games last night Lochar Thistle beat Upper Annandale 2-1 in their league fixture and Abbey Vale secured a place in the semi-final of the Tweedie Cup with a 1-0 win over Heston.

'Collusion' report examined

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Police have confirmed that they are examining a report into

allegations of collusion between Dumfries and Galloway Council and a collapsed building firm.

The report was commissioned by the local authority six years ago but has never been made public.

Drug 'war' claims

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard hits the shops today and it leads on claims a benefit system change could prompt a "drugs war".

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Travel latest

Convoy systems will again be in use today on the A75 for patching work between Newton Stewart and Glenluce. There are also temporary lights at Mossyard near Gatehouse.

There are survey works this morning on the A75 Collin bypass with single lane closures east and west bound.

Elsewhere, traffic signals remain in use on the A77 north of Cairnryan and on the A76 north of Thornhill at Enterkinfoot. No problems to report with Irish Sea ferry services or local rail travel.

Rain clearing away

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A cloudy start across the south, with some outbreaks of rain and some mist over the hills.

This will continue to clear away to the south quickly this morning, leaving a dry day, with some sunny spells.

Winds will fall light during the day. Highs of 11 celsius, which will feel fairly pleasant in the sunshine.