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  1. Updates for Wednesday 22 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 23 April

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for an even warmer day than yesterday.

Join us again tomorrow from 9am for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

In the meantime, email us your news, views and pictures of our region to or

Near miss for Coltherd

There was a near miss for Borders trainer Stuart Coltherd and son Sam at Perth racecourse this afternoon.

Oxalido finished in a dead heat for second place in the 4.40pm race.

Fine finish

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be a fine end to the day across the south of Scotland with plenty of evening sunshine.

Overnight, most places will remain dry with clear spells, leading to a few mist or fog patches. Temperatures will dip to around 3 Celsius.

Another dry day to come tomorrow with long sunny spells developing.

Tune in

Remember we have two more radio bulletins to come today from Selkirk and Dumfries at 16:30 and 17:30.

More to follow tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Cyclists head to Ae

The Scottish Cycling National Downhill Mountain Bike Championships will take place at Ae Forest this Sunday.

Over 250 of Scotland's best downhill mountain bikers will take to the trails which are part of the 7stanes mountain bike trail centres, spanning the south of Scotland.

Ae trail
Iain Thompson

All the reigning Junior and Senior Champions from 2014, Dumfries local Frazer McCubbing, Elena Melton from Morayshire, Ben Cathro from Oban and Rebecca Kennedy from Berwickshire will be there on the day to defend their titles.

2014's Masters Champion Alan Blyth from Clackmannanshire and Veterans Champion Alastair Maclennan from Fort William will also be there hoping to take the National Championship top spot.

Trainer triumph

There has already been a Borders triumph at Perth racecourse this afternoon.

Sandy Forster's High Fair won the 2.55pm race with Tom Hamilton in the saddle.

Lovely day

Dumfries and Galloway Police Division

via Facebook

Lovely day for a foot patrol in Castle Douglas........#policescotlandselfie

Dumfries and Galloway Police Division

Lowland League encounter

There's one match this evening in the Lowland League where Selkirk entertain Vale of Leithen.

Meanwhile, in the East First Division, Duns host Hawick Royal Albert, and leaders Peebles Rovers travel to second-placed Ormiston.

Book night

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: Tomorrow is World Book Night. An event is being held in Lockerbie Library from 6-7pm.

World Book night
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Decision deferred

A decision on a wind farm at Mochrum Fell north east of Parton has been deferred in order for councillors to visit the site.

More than 600 objections to the project have been received and a protest was staged outside the Dumfries and Galloway Council meeting due to consider the scheme earlier today.

South of Scotland clashes

There are four games in the South of Scotland league this evening.

It's top against bottom as this season's champions Wigtown and Bladnoch host Dumfries YMCA.

In the other games, Abbey Vale head to Moffat to play Upper Annandale at Lorimer Park, Nithsdale Wanderers are at home to Lochar Thistle and Edusport Academy are the visitors to Fleet Star.

Perth target

Borders trainer Stuart Coltherd will see his 16-year-old son Sam ride his horse Oxalido in the 4.40pm race at Perth today.

Perth racecourse
Lis Burke

The horse is a previous winner at the course.

NHS-themed meeting


Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

tweets: Date for the diary: NHS themed area committee meeting next Tuesday (28th) in the Ryan Centre.

Bowls final

Teviotdale's Julie Forrest is through to the final of the World Cup singles at Warlilla Bowls Club in New South Wales.

She defeated Jo Edwards from New Zealand on a tie-break in the semi-final and will now meet Siti Ahmad of Malaysia in the final.

Fee decision on hold

No decision has yet been taken on fees for buses using Galashiels's new transport interchange.

Departure charges were 35p per vehicle at the old bus station.

An officials' report to council was withdrawn last month. It proposed they be set at £1.75 at the new interchange - with a council subsidy topping that up to the actual cost of £2.68.

Yesterday, the authority's executive went into private session to discuss the project.

Queens on the brink

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard reports on Queen of the South's play-off push being almost complete.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Cliff rescue

Coastguard teams were deployed to carry out cliff rescue after man and his two dogs got stuck on a ledge on a rockface near Portpatrick.

Dunskey Castle
Archie Cochrane

The drama unfolded yesterday close to Dunskey Castle; the rescue was carried out with the Portpatrick Lifeboat on standby.

Golf hotel honoured

The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course, based in the heart of the Scottish Borders, was a winner at the weekend taking the title of Golf Hotel of the Year.

Roxburghe Hotel

The hotel and sporting estate was praised for its "commitment to the game and outstanding golfing environment" at the Scottish Hotel Awards.

Testing times


tweets: Nice day at Crichton and we're testing some new kit measuring two new greenhouse gases, CH4 and N2O @GHGProg

Testing equipment
Dr Mark A Lee

Clear success

A Kelso-based company has clinched contracts worth £2m

to supply water disinfection systems for four desalting plants in Qatar.


Scotmas managing director Alistair Cameron said the firm was capitalising on hefty investments in upgrading public infrastructure systems.

Under the knife


Olympic curler David Murdoch

tweets: Today's the day I've been dreading.Checked into hospital, gown on,spoke with surgeon,shoulders marked up. The knife awaits! #countdownbegins

'Buying' bodies

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and leads on a story about plans to change the way sudden or unexplained deaths are dealt with.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Lovely afternoon

BBC Scotland Weather


A lovely afternoon with long spells of spring sunshine.

The sun will make it feel warm too with highs of around 20 celsius, always a good degree or two lower in coastal areas with an onshore breeze developing here this afternoon.

We could see some mist lapping onto the coasts. Southwesterly winds will be light.

Tune in

Make sure you don't miss the latest radio bulletins for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

They are coming up at 12:30, then there is more at 16:30 and 17:30.

Kelso suffer away defeat

Kelso United lost 3-0 away to Heriot-Watt University last night in the East of Scotland League First Division.

On the amateur scene Gala Fairydean Rovers defeated Leithen Rovers 3-1 and Hawick Waverley were 1-0 victors over Greenlaw in the semi-finals of the Beveridge Cup. And Duns Amateurs secured their place in the final of the Sanderson Cup with a 3-0 victory at St Boswells.

League results were as follows - A division: Gordon 2 Stow 1, Jed Legion 1 West Barns Star 1. B division: Coldstream 2 Earlston Rhymers 0, Gala Hotspur 1 Langholm Legion 7, Tweeddale Rovers 0 Hawick Legion 0. C division: Lauder 2 Biggar United 1, Selkirk Victoria 3 CFC Bowholm 5.

Ambulance delay fears

The Border Telegraph is out today and leads on fears over delays to ambulance times.

Borders telegraph
Border Telegraph

Drink driving impact

Berwickshire News

The impact of Scotland's new drink drive law is being felt on both sides of the border,

with pubs in England and Scotland reacting differently.

The restructured law reduced the legal alcohol limit for drivers in Scotland from 80mg to 50mg.

And concerns have been raised that the move has been so successful in discouraging people from drinking and driving that the services industry has suffered.

Route reminder


The Borders Railway

tweets: A quick reminder of the new route *and* you can now see the @ScotRail timetable to match!

Rail route
Borders Railway

Wind farm poll planned

Peeblesshire News

Uncertainty over public opinion

has left community leaders in Peebles planning a poll on wind farms.

A total of 32 turbines will be erected in the countryside west of Eddleston if all the proposals get the go ahead. They will add to the existing 24 nearby on the east side of the A702 at Bowbeat.

Members of Peebles Community Council are still unsure what the consensus is on the energy-saving structures.

A public examination of the Cloich Forest application - for 18 turbines - is being held in the Peebles Hydro on May 26.

St Boswells celebrated


Border Telegraph

tweets: @BoswellsRFC Hogg the limelight in this week's @bordertelegraph #btcupfinalsday

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

Indecent image student sentenced

A Heriot-Watt University student who had about 50,000 indecent images of children on a computer

has avoided a jail term at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Christopher Murdanaigum, 26, committed the offence at Fountainhall last year.

He was placed on the sex offenders register for two years and given a community payback order with 160 hours of unpaid work.

A not guilty plea to taking or letting indecent photographs of children be taken was accepted by the Crown.

Crime prevention advice

Stewartry Crime Officer, PC Simon Kennedy, will be visiting the Glenkens area today in the mobile police office.

He will be available at the following locations to provide information and advice on crime prevention and home security related matters.

  • Carsphairn Village Hall 10am to 11.30am
  • Dalry Police Office 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • New Galloway High Street Car Park 2pm to 3.30pm

Piper leads protest

Colin Colthart

At Dumfries and Galloway Council

A piper leads a protest march by campaigners against a controversial wind farm in south west Scotland.

Turbine protest

This morning's demonstration was staged outside local authority headquarters in Dumfries as councillors prepared to consider an application to construct eight turbines on Mochrum Fell, north east of Parton.

The proposed development has attracted more than 600 objections, but planning officials are recommending approval.

Mountain bikers Borders bound

Up to 100 elite riders

are set to descend on Selkirk for the British Mountain Bike Marathon Championships.

Mountain bikers
Ian Linton

The event is being staged on Saturday 2 May over a challenging 75-kilometre single lap course across the region.

Organisers said the route included "some of the best trails the Scottish Borders has to offer".

Turbine protest

Campaigners against a controversial wind farm bid in the Stewartry

will make their views known outside council headquarters in Dumfries later.

Wind turbines

The proposed scheme at Mochrum Fell north east of Parton has resulted in more than 600 objections.

However, a report to today's planning applications committee is recommending approval, after the council's landscape architect stated that the revised layout - which cuts the number of turbines from eleven to eight - would be acceptable.

Three-car crash

BBC Scotland Travel


A75 partially blocked, three cars involved in an accident between B721 (Annan) and Cuddie Lane (Carrutherstown). Police directing traffic.

Warming up nicely

BBC Scotland Weather


Quite chilly start early on with possibly a touch of frost, there will be a few mist patches at first too.

Any mist will soon burn away to leave a dry day with good sunny spells.

Temperatures will warm up nicely once the sun gets to work with highs of around 19 or 20 celsius.

A little cooler in coastal areas with an onshore breeze developing and we may well see a few mist or fog patches in coastal areas.