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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 16 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Friday 17 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 from a bright and warm south of Scotland.

If you've got a nice image from your sun-kissed part of Dumfries and Galloway or the Scottish Borders, why not send it our way.

Email

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

Murrayfield showdown

@ScotlandTeam

Scottish Rugby

tweets: BT Cup final to be streamed live >>
http://bit.ly/1D7UWtu #BTCupFinalsDay

Rugby showdown
Scottish Rugby

Fine evening

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A fine end to the day across the south west, with some warm evening sunshine.

Overnight it stays dry, with some clear spells, which will result in temperatures falling away to around freezing level, perhaps slightly below, leading to a touch of frost.

Under cloudier skies, temperatures will hold up around 4 celsius. Winds will remain light and variable.

Tune in

Remember to tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for our last two bulletins of the day for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Sanquhar success

via Facebook

Truly wonderful evening at A' the Airts last night with the fabulous Canadian stars of folk Red Moon Road.

Signing
A'theairts

For those unlucky folk who couldn't make it,

here's just a small a piece of what you missed.

Gritter action

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Beautiful clear skies now but its going to be cold again later tonight. Gritters will be out later to presalt #sbctravel

Doonhamers' amazing run

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Queens top scorer Derek Lyle believes no one would've taken him seriously if he'd told people

Queens would beat Hibs, Rangers and Falkirk.

But they did, and in the space of just eight days, without conceding a single goal.

Registrations rise

More than four million people in Scotland

have registered to vote ahead of the UK general election, almost 106,000 more than in 2010.

Polling station
Getty Images

Just over 4.2 million people registered to vote in last year's independence referendum, the largest electorate ever recorded in Scotland.

Balmy Dumfries?

@allanmcnish

Dumfries racing driver Allan McNish

tweets: Jeez, rather 37 degrees hot here in Bahrain…..lucky I was brought up in the white hot heat of Dumfries… @LeeMcKenzieTV

Question the candidates

Two BBC radio debates are being held in the south of Scotland in the run up to the General Election.

If you would like to be part of the audience in Galashiels or Moffat

you can apply here.

Interview time

@42in42JMA

@42in42JMA

tweets: @Moffstovoi and @Kev_Aitken doing interviews with @BruceKMcKenzie at Ibrox #ForJohn

Interview
Other

Get in touch

dumfries@bbc.co.uk

Send us your news, views and images from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Email

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

Or contact us via Twitter

@BBCSouthScot.

Russian trip

The Berwickshire News is out today and its back page carries the story of a Chirnside boxer's trip to Russia.

Berwickshire News
Berwickshire News

Set for the Sevens

Preparations are in hand for Sunday's Berwick 7s.

The tournament is Round Three of the AM:PM Kings of the 7s circuit.

Gala have got off to a great start topping the table with 13 points but Jed-forest are just one point behind.

Greatest goalies?

@queenstrust

@queenstrust

tweets: #ThrowbackThursday @OfficialQosFC keepers in action: Away to @ClydeFC Aug 1978 and away to @Stirling_Albion Feb 1990

Queen of the South
Other

Hawick hopes at Ayr

Hawick owner John McNeil is hoping for victory in Saturday's Scottish Grand National at Ayr with Lie Forrit.

Lie Forrit (left) gets the better of Harry The Viking
PA

The horse, formerly ridden by his late grandson Campbell Gillies, is rated a 14-1 shot for the four mile showpiece.

Community club

@DGStandardSport

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

tweets: Annan Athletic set to become the latest 100 percent community owned Scottish football club. More details in tomorrow's @DGStandard

Shore clean up

Nith Rescue's Annual Shore Clean up takes place this Sunday after it was postponed due to bad weather last week.

Every year volunteers clear rubbish and waste washed up on the shore.

Rescue boat
Nith Inshore Rescue

They say litter creates a hazard to walkers, dogs and and wildlife like Barnacle Geese, Natterjack Toads and Otters.

The clean up starts at the Quay End in Glencaple at 10:30 for a couple of hours and those wishing to help are asked to bring gloves but all other equipment will be provided.

Smuggler's Trail

@N_T_S

The National Trust for Scotland

tweets: BBC Landward visited St Abb's Head to explore the Smuggler's Trail. See it on @BBCScotland on Friday at 7.30pm
http://bbc.in/1DiH9Ue

Throwback Thursday

@lochcarronscot

Lochcarron of Scotland

tweets: Here we have a photo of Lochcarron's founder, Morris Buchan & his son, former company chairman, Alistair. #tbt

Lochcarron of Scotland
Lochcarron of Scotland

Spells of sunshine

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

No change to the weather as we head through the afternoon remaining dry with spells of sunshine.

A little fairweather cloud may well bubble up but certainly not spoiling things.

With light winds it will feel pleasant as the sun continues to warm things up with temperatures reaching around 12 celsius.

Radio bulletins

Tune in to the latest news from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway on our radio bulletins at 12:30.

More from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

Kelpies visit

The iconic Kelpies sculptures are coming to the Scottish Borders in May.

Kelpies
PA

The one-tenth scale touring sculptures will be on display in Kelso Square from 15 May to 18 May.

Border clashes

There are four matches in the Border Amateur A division tonight.

Gordon host Greenlaw, Hawick Waverley are at home to Leithen Rovers, Jed Legion entertain Chirnside and Stow host Gala Fairydean Rovers.

The B league sees Hawick Legion at home to Tweeddale Rovers whilst Selkirk Victoria play Peebles in the C division.

Cycling support

Scottish Cycling, the governing body for cycling in Scotland, has announced its support for the TweedLove cycling festival which takes place from 17 to 31 May in the Tweed Valley.

Biker
BBC

It is one of the biggest cycling festivals in the UK with more than 40 events happening over the two weeks.

Craig Burn, Scottish Cycling Chief Executive, said: "TweedLove has a reputation for being a great family-friendly event hosted in the best of spirits at one of Scotland's most exciting mountain bike venues.

"There is truly something for everyone, from toddlers on balance bikes to elite athletes taking part in the Enduro World Series, and everyone in between."

Selkirk stunned

In the Lowland League Cup last night Selkirk found themselves on the wrong end of a trouncing, visitors Vale of Leithen winning 7-0.

In the East First Division Eyemouth won 2-1 away to Ormiston, and Peebles Rovers took a 3-1 home win over Kelso United.

Threave manager hunt

Threave Rovers expect to appoint a new manager in the next three days reports today's Galloway News.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Club fined

@gallgaz

Galloway Gazette

tweets: #NewtonStewart FC has been fined £1000 (£500 suspended until end of next season) and deducted 6 points for no-show at Abbey Vale on Saturday

Big day beckons

The back page of the Southern Reporter today leads, understandably, on a huge weekend for Borders rugby at Murrayfield.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Ground-hoppers are go

Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

A team trying to reach all 42 SPFL Scottish football grounds in 42 hours

set off from Stair Park this morning.

You would have to be up early to catch them though - they were on their way at 6am. You can follow their progress

at JMATrust.

Ground hoppers
Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

Asda apology

Supermarket giant Asda has apologised after

lamb labelled as being from the UK in a Scottish Borders store turned out to be from New Zealand.

Asda
PA

Sheep farmer Sue Sharp, of Heriot Mill in Midlothian, made the purchase at the Galashiels site.

The leg of lamb was marked as being born, reared and slaughtered in the UK but, when it was unwrapped, carried a New Zealand health stamp.

Assault case

Today's Galloway News leads on the story of a man who admitted assaulting his uncle.

Galloway News
Galloway News

House prices rise

Scottish house prices were pushed "rapidly upwards" last month as property supply continued to lag demand,

according to a survey.

House prices
Getty Images

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) found house sales and buyer inquiries in Scotland grew steadily in March.

Hawick rugby headache

It's Thursday so that means the Southern Reporter is out - today it leads on Hawick Rugby Club's efforts to extend its licence after the final of the BT Scottish Cup this weekend.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Cliff for Wickerman

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff has been

added to this year's Wickerman Festival, along with the likes of Neneh Cherry, Stereo MCs and Julian Cope.

Jimmy Cliff
Other

He joins Lulu, Squeeze, Tom Odell and a string of other acts in the Dumfries and Galloway event.

Bright start

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry bright start and quite chilly too with a frost in places early on.

It will be a fine spring day staying dry with spells of sunshine. With light winds it will feel pleasant as the sun warms things up with temperatures reaching 12 perhaps 13 celsius. Winds will be light.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

The sun is out, the sky is blue and here we are with the news for you.

Stay with us until 5pm for all the latest from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Email us your news, views and images to

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

We are also on Twitter

@BBCSouthScot.