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  1. Updates for Monday 20 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 21 April

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and 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, looks like a lovely evening in store.

We'll be back tomorrow from 9am with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Borders Railway timetable published

The return of rail services to the Scottish Borders has come a step closer with

the publication of the timetable for services between Tweedbank and Edinburgh.

Tickets for the new route can be purchased up to 12 weeks in advance

ScotRail has published the document which allows passengers to plan journeys from 6 September.

Lanes closed


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Last chance

Today is the

last possible day to register to vote in the 2015 general election.

Ballot boxes

Anyone wishing to vote must be registered by midnight or they will not be able to.

The Electoral Commission reports that 1.7 million applications to register to vote have been made in the past five weeks, most of them online.

People can

register online or visit their local town hall offices to fill in a paper form.

Chalmers 'worst mistake'

Sam Chalmers describes

taking prohibited substances as the "worst mistake of my life" as he returns from a two-year ban.

Sam Chalmers is returning from a prohibited substances ban
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Sam Chalmers is in Australia as he returns from a prohibited substances ban

The son of former international Craig Chalmers

tested positive for two anabolic steroids at a Scotland Under-20 training session in May 2013.

"Life's been pretty tough," the 21-year-old ex-Melrose back told BBC 5live.

"Striving to get into the professional game and having that taken away from you. It's a nightmare."

Radio election debate

Come along to one of our regional radio debates in Galashiels and Moffat.


The Galashiels debate is on Wednesday, while the Moffat event is on Monday.

To be part of the audience, apply online


Evening sunshine

BBC Scotland Weather


A fine end to the day across the south, with high pressure and dry conditions. Some late evening sunshine too.

Overnight, it remains dry with clear spells, some of which could be quite lengthy leading to a chilly night in places, especially so inland.

Lows of around 1C to 3C in the coldest spots with a few mist patches and a ground frost in prone areas. Town temperatures slightly higher but not by much.

New jobs created in Galashiels

An insurance brokers has unveiled plans to open a new office in Galashiels, creating seven new jobs.

Chief executive Edward Bruce and commercial director Andrew Adam outside new Galashiels' Bruce Stevenson office

Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers already has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Aberdeen and it employs 80 staff.

The firm has taken a 10-year lease on its new premises at 79 High Street.

Food waste service

A food waste collection service will be introduced to 24,000 homes in the Borders over the summer.

David Paterson and Andy Dick
Councillor David Paterson and Andy Dick, of Zero Waste Scotland, have launched the service

Households in Galashiels, Peebles, Selkirk and Tweedbank will receive two caddies, a supply of liners and full guide to the new service ahead of its introduction next month.

The weekly waste food collections will be rolled out to Hawick and Jedburgh in September.

Eight information sessions will be held in April and May. More information is available


Turn on, tune in

Don't forget to tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 for the latest news bulletins, broadcast from Selkirk and Dumfries.

We'll be back again at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow.


Berwick Rangers

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Sculpture discovery

A bronze sculpture valued between £100,000 and £150,000

was discovered during a "routine house valuation" in the Scottish Borders.

Bronze sculpture
ALex Robson

The 18th Century work, Ganymede and the Eagle, is by Italian sculptor Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi.

It is being sold at auction in Edinburgh later this week by Lyon & Turnbull.

Douglas Girton, a specialist with the company, said it was a "major discovery of an extremely rare item".

Slim chance

Annan Athletic kept alive their slim play-off hopes with a 2-1 victory over East Fife whose hold on fourth spot is now just three points with two games left.

Boss Jim Chapman isn't overly optimistic about their chances of grabbing a play-off place, but he isn't ruling anything out.

"It does keep it interesting but like everything else, if it's out with your control, I don't worry about it.

"All I can control is Annan and that's what I intend to do."

Rise in starting pay

Starting pay for permanent jobs has seen its

sharpest rise this year, according to a new report.

Payslip and cash

The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs suggested the rise last month in part reflected a lack of available candidates.

The increase was only fractionally below that recorded at the UK level.


Traffic Scotland

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Stranraer move to the top

BBC Sport


Stranraer moved to the

top of Scottish League One after beating Stenhousemuir 3-2.

William Gibson fired the hosts ahead and Sean Winter netted their second before half-time.

Craig Pettigrew's strike further extended Stranraer's lead after the interval but Martin Grehan pulled one back for Stenny from close range.

Cieran Summers' left-footed effort set up a nervous finale for the home side but they held on to replace Forfar Athletic at the summit.


SP Energy Networks

‏tweets: We are aware of a #POWERCUT in #DG1 #Dumfries. Our engineers are working to restore supplies. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Winning streak

Langholm jockey Dale Irvine has continued his recent winning streak at Hexham races.

He notched up his fifth win in a week on the James Ewart-trained Civil Unrest at odds of five to one.

Housing award

Peeblesshire News

A housing

development completed earlier this year in Peebles has been nominated for a national award.

housing estate
Peeblesshire News

Eildon Housing Association's project in Dunwhinny Gardens is one of the finalists in the Scottish Homes Awards for the best development in the medium category for 11-25 units.

Point-to-point success

Hawick jockey Joanna Walton completed a double at yesterday's Braes of Derwent point-to-point at Corbridge. She won the ladies open riding Drill Sergeant, and also scored in the restricted race on Oscar Stanley for Northumberland owner Diana Blyth.

Another Hawick jockey in winning form was Tom Hamilton, who continued his victory trail, partnering Cave Hunter, trained by his mother Wendy, to win the men's open.

After a series of seconds, Emma Dunkley from Kelso rode Whatsthestoryman, trained at Galashiels by Sylvia Scott, to victory in the concluding maiden race.

'Fight off interest'

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland

Queen of the South manager

James Fowler intends to try and fight off interest in key players as the Doonhamers seek a place in the top flight.

Danny Carmichael
SNS Group
Danny Carmichael has been attracting attention from other clubs

St Johnstone were one Premiership club represented in the Indodrill stands during Queens' 2-2 draw with Alloa.

Young Dumfries-born talent like Gavin Reilly, Kevin Holt and Danny Carmichael appear to be attracting attention.

"We're trying to build something here so we need to try and keep our best players," Fowler told BBC Scotland.

Midpark building prize

Dumfries and Galloway health board has scooped a prestigious environmental award for Midpark Hospital.


The acute mental health facility was named one of the best performing healthcare buildings by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) award.

It was praised for innovative features including anti-ligature windows, low water use appliances, and its biomass energy system.

NHS D&G chief executive Jeff Ace said: "We are delighted that Midpark Hospital has been recognised for its excellent environmental credentials."

Last chance of glory


Lochar Thistle FC

tweets: Lochar Th entertain @The_Creesiders Newton Stewart tonight in Tweedie Cup. 7pm KO at Max High. #lastchanceofglory #cuprun

Spectacular Sirens

Stewartry Sirens lifted the Women's Plate during the BT Cup Finals day at Murrayfield at the weekend.

Stewartry Sirens
Scottish Rugby


defeated Ayr 36-17, with Hannah Sloan named player of the match.

Touching distance

BBC Sport


Queen of the South have to wait another week to see if they can secure their place in the top four of the Championship.

They still require one point from their final two games, after being held to a 2-2 draw by Alloa.

Read the full match report


What do you want?

Traders in Hawick are being invited

to a meeting to look at the way ahead for the retail heart of the town.

Hawick town centre
Walter Baxter

The Future Hawick organisation has been awarded a budget of £30,000 to help boost town centre fortunes.

Alistair Mackay, from Future Hawick, said it is an opportunity for local business people "to stand up and be counted".

The meeting will be held at the Town Hall on 28 April, from 18:00 until 21:00.

Brightening up

BBC Scotland Weather


It will continue to brighten up this afternoon with spells of sunshine.

A little fair weather cloud may well develop over the Southern Uplands but certainly not spoiling things.

With light south-westerly winds it will feel pleasant in the sunshine as temperatures reach around 15C.

Tune in

Make sure you listen to our local radio bulletins for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders at 12:30 today.

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

Children's workshops

Dumfries Museum has been hosting a series of children's World War One workshops over the Easter Holidays.

Children at the museum
Dumfries Museum

Artist Hugh Bryden and museum staff encouraged visitors to look at items in the

Next of Kin exhibition and to create their own artworks.

Next week the museum will be holding interactive workshops for local schools.

'Biggest ever' Borders book festival

The Borders Book Festival has unveiled its

"biggest ever" programme with more than 90 public events over four days.

Actress Patricia Hodge on The Andrew Marr Show
Patricia Hodge is among those appearing for the first time at this year's festival

The celebration of literature takes place from 11 to 14 June in Melrose.

Among those appearing for the first time are Patricia Hodge, Celia Imrie, Andrew Marr, Jonathan Miller, Dom Joly, Michelle Mone and Terry Waite.

Politicians Alex Salmond and Gordon Brown are also included in the line-up, as well as regulars like James Naughtie, Peter Snow and Rory Bremner.


Dumfries and Galloway Council

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voting reminder
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Lifeboat call-out

Eyemouth lifeboat was called out just before 16:00 yesterday to assist a dive boat that had lost power.

The dive boat, a mile to the north of St Abbs, still had a diver to recover from the water.

St Abbs lifeboat was also called to help and safely recovered the diver from the water, while Eyemouth lifeboat took the dive boat under tow back to St Abbs harbour.

Flood plan consultations

A series of consultation events on plans to tackle flooding in Dumfries and Galloway is getting under way.


They start in Stranraer followed by Kirkconnel, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries, Newton Stewart, Langholm and Annan.

Details of the consultation - as well as the drop-in sessions -

can be found on the council website.

Hawick's disappointment

Hawick's attempt to lift the BT Cup for the first time since 2002 ended in disappointment at the weekend.

Rugby tackle
Scottish Rugby

They lost out to a dominant Boroughmuir side at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The capital team scored

eight tries on their way to a 55-17 defeat of their Border opposition.


Langholm Moorland Project

tweets: great SEO action on Langholm moor.. many thanks to Owl man for this photo

Langholm Moorland Project

GMS from Galashiels

BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland broadcast from Galashiels this morning, from where they explored the issues facing the constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.

Listen again


Gary Robertson

Broadband roll-out

High-speed fibre

broadband is being rolled out to a further 200 communities across Scotland over the summer, many in rural areas.

Science Photo Library

The roll-out is part of the £410m Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Programme director Sara Budge said: "It is great to be celebrating the first year of deployment of the £410m Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, while announcing that more exchanges will be included, with areas such as Portpatrick in the south of Scotland and as far north as Voe in the Shetland Islands being able to connect to fibre broadband for the first time."

St Boswells triumph

There were celebrations amongst Borders rugby fans at Murrayfield on Saturday as St Boswells lifted the BT Shield.

St Boswells
Scottish Rugby

The triumphant team maintained their two-year unbeaten run with a 27-19 win over GHK.

Read a full match report


Man's death 'unexplained'

Police in the Scottish Borders are treating

the death of a man as unexplained.


The body of a 59-year-old man was found at a house in Tweedholm Avenue East in Walkerburn at about 15:10 on Friday.