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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 23 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Friday 24 April

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Thanks for joining us on the South of Scotland Live page today.

We'll back for another day of news, sport, weather and travel updates tomorrow from 9am.

Fine day's end

BBC Scotland Weather

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It'll be a fine end to the day across the Borders and the southwest with some good spells of late sunshine.

A few showers may break out in the east this evening but they will be short-lived and it will be dry overnight.

A few mist patches will develop inland too, under clear skies, although cloud will tend to increase as the night goes on. It'll become quite chilly in rural spots, with temperatures as low as 3C.

Clark tribute

Famous names of motor racing Sir Jackie Stewart and Allan McNish

will join a celebration of the legendary Jim Clark in the Borders.

The free event is being held in Duns on 16 and 17 May.

Jim Clark
BBC

A line-up of classic Formula One, touring and sports cars in which Jim Clark raced in 1965 will also be on the show over the weekend.

Organisers also hope it will raise awareness of plans for a new Jim Clark Museum by 2018.

'Kamikaze-like' crash

A man is facing a prison term after being found guilty of causing

a "kamikaze-like" crash which killed his friend and badly injured five others.

High Court in Glasgow
BBC

Ian Milligan, 52, from Dumfries, caused the crash after driving onto the wrong side of the A702, near Abington, South Lanarkshire, on 8 July 2013.

His friend and passenger, Alistair Wells, 56, later died in hospital. Five people in the other car were injured.

Milligan will be sentenced later for causing death by dangerous driving.

Break-in appeal

Police are looking for information after a break-in in Galashiels and attempted break-in in Jedburgh last week.

Cash was stolen from a house in Heather Court, Galashiels on Thursday 16 April some time between 7.45pm and 9.45pm.

And a rural property in Rennieston, Jedburgh, was also broken into sometime between 8 and 14 April.

Poultry farm houses approved

A bid to build three houses at a poultry farm near Stranraer has been approved - despite council officials recommending refusal because it didn't meet local planning guidelines.

Chickens
Thinkstock

A decision on the development at Braefield on Leswalt Road had been deferred to allow for a site visit. Councillors gave the go ahead, subject to strict conditions.

Caravan plan rejected

A bid to change the use of 10 caravans for residential use at a Dumfriesshire holiday site has been rejected.

The owners of Mouswald Lodge Park claimed the move would ensure the future of the business and allow the conversion of a vacant mansion house in the grounds into flats.

However, council officials had recommended refusal - saying the application didn't meet local planning rules.

Turn on, tune in

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 to hear the latest news broadcast from our studios in Dumfries and Selkirk.

A second bulletin will also be broadcast in the south-west at 17:30.

Hustings debate

BBC Radio Scotland's hustings debate for the constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk was held at the Borders Campus in Galashiels last night.

You can hear from the candidates in a special hour long programme at 5pm this evening on BBC Radio Scotland in the Borders.

It will also be available to listen to online.

Caravan cleared

Traffic Scotland

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tweets: *CLEARED 15:47* #A74(M) N/B J18 Lockerbie - caravan has been moved onto the hard shoulder & all lanes now *open* #BeAware #DriveSafe

Fantastic find

A bronze sculpture discovered during a "routine house valuation" in the Scottish Borders

has sold at auction for £386,500.

Sculpture
ALex Robson

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

It was sold at auction in Edinburgh this week by Lyon & Turnbull.

Overturned caravan

@trafficscotland

Traffic Scotland

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tweets: #A74(M) N/B J18 Lockerbie - getting reports in that a caravan has hit the central reservation & overturned. More info as we get it #BeAware

Road cleared

Traffic Scotland

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tweets: *CLEARED 15:09* #A74(M) S/B J15 Beattock to J16 Johnstonebridge - wood has been cleared from the carriageway & all lanes now running!

Car park expansion complete

An additional long stay car park has opened for use at the Borders General Hospital.

Borders General Hospital
Walter Baxter

Evelyn Rodger, Interim Director of Acute Services with NHS Borders, said: "Inconsiderate and inappropriate parking on the Borders General Hospital site was increasing and was putting people at risk.

"In recognising this we took proactive action to address the problems that were being experienced and we continue to monitor the use of the car parks to allow further developments, such as creating these additional spaces.

"NHS Borders remains committed to the national policy for free parking at hospitals and car parking continues to be free at the BGH."

Wigtown goal glut

South of Scotland champions Wigtown completed their final league game of the season with a goal frenzy - beating bottom club, Dumfries YMCA 18-0.

In the other games last night Edusport Academy beat Fleet Star 1-0, Nithsdale went down 3-0 at home to Lochar Thistle, and Upper Annandale recorded a 5-2 win against Abbey Vale.

Selkirk bus service

A special bus service will be running in Selkirk over the lunchtime period for the next two days.

Vintage bus
Other

The vintage bus will link the industrial area in the lower part of the town with the retail heart.

And the bulk of town-centre traders are laying on special offers in what's been called a Fiverfest.

Passengers will be carried free of charge on the bus, which will run in a "loop" from 11.30 to 2.30 each day.

Traffic troubles

@trafficscotland

Traffic Scotland

Latest

tweets: #A74(M) S/B J15 Beattock to J16 Johnstonebridge - reports of wood on the carriageway. Please #BeAware & #DriveSafe

Borders amateurs

There is more football action tonight in the Borders.

Football
Thinkstock

Tweeddale Rovers host Hawick United in the B division of the Border Amateur League. In the C division Duns play Lauder and Melrose entertain Hawick Legion Rovers.

Artistic regeneration

An art based regeneration project in Dumfries

is preparing to open its doors after four years of fundraising and building works.

The Stove
The Stove

The artist-led The Stove organisation says culture and art can boost the economy of a changing town centre which is competing against online retailers.

Boxing triumph

The back page of today's Berwickshire News leads on another boxing success.

Berwickshire News
Berwickshire News

Bandstand celebration

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Come along to the opening of Wilton Lodge Park's new bandstand this Sunday at 2pm. Local bands will be performing
http://ow.ly/M0cbn

Sirens celebrate

The victory of the Stewartry Sirens at Murrayfield is one of the stories on the back page of today's Galloway News.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Warm sunshine

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry, sunny and warm afternoon - especially so inland with mid-afternoon temperatures reaching 19 or 20C.

Always cooler around the coast with sea breezes here.

Winds inland are light and variable adding to the warm feel in the sunshine.

Bulletin time

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

Perth target

Apachee Prince owned by Kirkpatrick Fleming farmer John Wright returns to action today in the 5.25pm race at the Perth Festival.

Perth
Bill Nicholls

The 5/1 shot is trained in the Borders by Alistair Whillans and has Hawick jockey Kieron Edgar on board.

Man traced

A man reported missing from Duns has been traced safe and well.

Police Scotland thanked the public and media for their help in finding Ian Fox.

Play-off clash

Melrose Rugby Club take the back page headlines in today's Southern Reporter.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Sunny morning

@GallowayChilli

@GallowayChilli

tweets: This mornings view from the office #geese #sunshine

Sunny morning
Galloway Chilli

Bat delay

Peeblesshire News

Bats are causing a delay

in the completion of demolition work at the site of an old Borders mill.

Developers are planning to build houses as part of the regeneration of the Caerlee Mills site at Innerleithen.

But some of the buildings they need to knock down are so far untouched because of the presence of bats.

Vale victorious

Vale of Leithen won 5-3 at Selkirk last night in the Lowland League.

In the East First Division second-placed Ormiston defeated leaders Peebles Rovers 2-1 and Duns were 7-0 victors over Hawick Royal Albert.

Harbour mission

The Berwickshire News is out today and leads on the conversion of a prominent Eyemouth property.

Berwickshire News
Berwickshire News

Final defeat

Teviotdale's Julie Forrest lost in the final of the World Cup singles at Warilla Bowls Club in New South Wales. She went down to Siti Zalina Ahmad of Malaysia.

Turbine protest

The Galloway News is out today and leads on a controversial wind farm plan north east of Parton.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Train disruption

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

Disruption till 11 #Virgin Trains West Coast Lockerbie/#Glasgow Trains running to and from these stations may be diverted via Holytown

Subsidy decision on hold

The Southern Reporter is out today and leads with a story about the Galashiels transport interchange.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Travel latest

On the A75 there are traffic lights today for work on the new vehicle check point east of Glenluce and there'll be lane closures, westbound, on the Barlae section of dual carriageway.

Other road work hotspots include the A7 near Canonbie, the A76 at Enterkinfoot and the A77 north of Cairnryan.

No problems to report at the moment with local rail services or Irish Sea ferry crossings.

Temperatures soar

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry start across our region this morning with a little mist and fog in places.

This should soon lift and the day ahead looks, dry, sunny and warm - especially so inland with afternoon temperatures reaching 19 or 20C.

Always cooler around the coast with sea breezes here. Winds inland are light and variable adding to the warm feel.