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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 30 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Friday 1 May

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 today, thanks once again for joining us for regular updates from across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Join us again tomorrow from 9am.

In the meantime, email your news, views and images to dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

New football season

BBC Sport

Scotland

Scotland's new football season will start on 25 July with the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup, with the Premiership beginning the following weekend.

The top-flight's opening round of fixtures will coincide with the first round of the League Cup.

Scottish Championship, League One and League Two clubs will

begin their league campaigns on 8 August.

Dishing the dirt

@spfl

The Scottish Professional Football League

tweets: .@FrankoBaresi86 dishes the dirt on his @StranraerFC team mates & chats about his career here
http://spfl.co/frank

Frank Mckeown
SNS

A lovely evening

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Showers will die away, leaving a lovely evening across the region. It will be a dry night with long clear spells and a widespread frost inland.

Temperatures will fall to around freezing in the towns, and down to -2C in the countryside. There is a possible risk of icy patches by dawn.

Turn on, tune in

Tune into BBC Radio Scotland on FM to hear the latest news bulletins broadcast from Selkirk and Dumfries at 16:30 and 17:30.

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

'Silver lining'

Southern Reporter

The back page of this week's Southern Reporter leads with a story abut Hawick's Julie Forrest, who won silver at the bowls Wold Cup in Australia.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Cycling festival

@durtyevents

Durty Events, which organises the Selkirk Mountain Bike Marathon,

tweets: Selkirk is getting right behind the #MTBMarathon Festival on Friday evening! - 7pm High Street @EventScotNews

bicycles
@durtyevents

Gold rush

The Moffat News hits the shops today, with a front page story about a mini gold rush.

Moffat News
MOffat News

Castle Kennedy accident

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

Two women are trapped in a car which has been involved in

a road accident on the A75, according to police.

Police and paramedics are at the scene of the collision, which also involved a lorry, east of Castle Kennedy.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said the women's injuries are not thought to be serious.

The road is currently closed in both directions but officers hope to reopen it as soon as possible.

@StagecoachWScot

Stagecoach West Scotland

tweets: #STRANRAER. Services between Stranraer and Dunragit subject to disruption due to an RTA on the A75.

@trafficscotland

Traffic Scotland

Latest

Traffic Scotland

tweets: Here's a map of the #A75 incident at Castle Kennedy which is closed. Local diversion is in place with police onsite.

Castle Kennedy map
Google

Woolworths compensation blow

Thousands of people made redundant by the closure of Woolworths

will not receive compensation, following a European Court of Justice ruling.

Woolworths store in London
PA

The decision applies to 3,200 people who worked in stores with fewer than 20 employees and also affects 1,200 ex-workers at clothing chain Ethel Austin.

@trafficscotland

Traffic Scotland

Latest

Traffic Scotland

tweets: *NEW* #A75 in both directions east of Stranraer near to Castle Kennedy is currently closed due to a incident. Check
bit.ly/1ztMKsw

Bed socks warning

@scotborders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Bed socks back on, it's going to be a cold one tonight! Our gritters will be out from 6pm and check again first thing #sbctravel

Sale of restored castle

ITV News

A couple from Dumfries and Galloway say they hadn't planned to buy a run-down castle and restore it.

But John and Janet Brennan have spent the last seven years and hundreds of thousands of pounds rebuilding Barholm Castle, near Gatehouse on Fleet.

They have now put the property on sale for £695,000.

Your views - Dumfries' seagull battle

Email dumfries@bbc.co.uk

Gill McKie emails: No it hasn't got any better as people are still feeding them and they are still stealing food from people in town.

QoS fans will pay for tickets

Queen of the South have confirmed they will

charge season ticket holders for any home Premiership play-off matches.

Palmerston Park
SNS

Rangers have already said they intend to let their season ticket holders into their games for free.

If Motherwell are involved, they have indicated a willingness not to charge while Hibs are also reported to be considering the move.

However, the Dumfries club said it had "always expected" season ticket holders would pay, as they did last year.

'Quake horror'

Southern Reporter

The Southern Reporter leads with the story of journalist David Knox's ordeal during the Nepal earthquake.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Past presidents honoured

Past presidents of rugby's Border League were honoured at a special ceremony at Netherdale last night.

Rugby
Thinkstock

They were given a special tie to mark their involvement in the oldest rugby union league in the world.

Former Scotland and British Lion Gregor Townsend made the presentations.

'Shocking' racial abuse

Police are appealing for witnesses after

a young man suffered "shocking" racial abuse while walking on Hawick's High Street.

Hawick High Street
Walter Baxter

The 21-year-old victim was walking along the road from the top of Baker Street when an unknown man shouted racially-aggravated abuse at him.

Football results

Vale of Leithen drew 1-1 in the Lowland League against East Kilbride last night.

In the East of Scotland First Division, Peebles Rovers beat Ormiston 6-2 in their top of the table clash last night.

Eyemouth United won 2-1 at Kelso United. And Duns lost to their visitors Heriot-Watt University, also 2-1.

Back page

Galloway News

Managerial changes at Threave Rovers and Dalbeattie Star make the back page of The Galloway News today.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Sunshine and showers

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be an afternoon of sunshine and showers across the south-west and the Borders, though the showers will become increasingly isolated as the day goes on.

They are most likely to crop up towards Dumfries and Moffat, but they'll be few and far between.

Northerly winds will be fresh along the coast. Temperatures will reach 13C in the west.

Accident on A77

@BBCTravelScot

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

tweets: #A77 Cairnryan to Stranraer road partially blocked by RTA at Innermessan - traffic managing to pass in both directions but slow moving. T.T.

Time to tune in

Get the latest radio bulletins for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway at 12:30 today.

More news, sport, travel and weather coming up at 16:30 and 17:30.

Clay army revived

@ScotBorders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Borders schools bring to life Chinese Emperor's incredible clay army
http://ow.ly/Mk8CI

Laidlaw's Gloucester decision

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw has

stood by his decision to leave his hometown club Edinburgh for Premiership side Gloucester last summer.

Greig Laidlaw
Getty Images
Greig Laidlaw has kicked 139 points in the Premiership this season

The two teams will meet in Friday's European Challenge Cup final, with Edinburgh hoping to become the first Scottish side to win a European trophy.

"It was the right decision to move away," said 29-year-old Laidlaw.

"I've really enjoyed it and feel I've played a lot of good rugby this year. I'll need to do that again on Friday."

Ecclefechan police appeal

Police want to trace a man seen carrying a large television through Ecclefechan early yesterday morning.

police
BBC

The man was seen on Langlands Road at 05:20, following a break-in to a house when a television and sound system, worth £4,000, were stolen.

A Police Scotland spokesman urged people to report suspicious behaviour at the time, giving officers the opportunity to check the incident out as it happens.

He added: "Calls made which turn out to be a false alarm are never frowned upon and we would rather check them out at the time as opposed to making a protracted enquiry at a later time, when the result will be the same."

The man was wearing dark trousers and a dark hooded top with the hood up.

Close to completion

A work by renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks on the site of an

old opencast coal mine in southern Scotland is close to completion.

Crawick Multiverse
Crawick Artland Trust
The Crawick Multiverse will be launched to the public on the summer solstice on 21 June

The Crawick Multiverse will be launched to the public for the summer solstice on 21 June.

Materials found on the site - including 2,000 large boulders - have been used to create the work.

It hopes to attract international visitors and boost businesses in nearby Sanquhar, Kelloholm and Kirkconnel.

'Toddler assault' trial

A woman is to stand trial

accused of assaulting a toddler at a retail park in Falkirk.

Pizza Hut Falkirk
Google
The incident is alleged to have happened at a Pizza Hut restaurant at the Central Retail Park

Jodie Mitchell is accused of dragging the two-year-old girl along the ground at the Central Retail Park on 6 February, as well as seizing her by the head, lifting her from the ground and shaking her by the body.

The 26-year-old, of Selkirk, failed to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

Her solicitor said she was "unwell", and entered a not guilty plea.

Eggs are hatching

@RSPBDandG

RSPB Dumfries and Galloway

tweets: At the RSPB @MullofGalloway we are proud to announce our shag eggs are hatching! We're watching them from the visitor centre on live cameras!

@daily_politics

The Daily Politics

tweets: Time to chop @reporterboy puns down to size, you say?

He's getting Scottish Borders #ge2015 views on Thu #bbcdp

Daily Politics pictures
BBC

Local links to Nepal disaster

Galloway News

The Galloway News is out today and it is leading with a Creetown man's experience of the Nepal earthquake.

Galloway News
Galloway News

David Knox, Borders journalist

@knox_david

Border Telegraph reporter David Knox, who was in Nepal during the earthquake,

tweets: Well that was one hell of a holiday #SupportNepal

Cup triumph

Newton Stewart lifted the Haig Gordon Cup last night, after beating league champions Wigtown 2-1 in the final which was played at Creetown.

football
Thinkstock

Ryan McKie put Newton ahead in the 40th minute of the game played at Castle Cary Park, Creetown, on a bitterly cold windy night.

His angular shot beat the Wigtown keeper but the lead was short-lived for a minute later it was 1-1 when Harry Fiddler palmed the ball out and Rab Jamieson prodded it over the line for the equaliser.

The winner came in the 63rd minute when McKie turned provider when his free kick was picked up by Jason Gallagher who forced the ball home from close in.

Drugs teachers to be struck off

Two teachers from Dumfries and Galloway who lost their

jobs after being caught in a pub with cocaine are set to be struck off.

Dumfries High School
BBC
Mr Turner was head teacher at Dumfries High School

A hearing has been scheduled to remove them from the professional register.

Mark Turner and Lesley Wilson were caught with the class A drug in a bar in Carlisle in June last year.

Mr Turner was the head teacher at Dumfries High School at the time, while Ms Wilson was deputy head at Wallacehall Academy in Thornhill.

Travel news

There are progressive works taking place on the A75 between Stranraer and Dunragit and there's also temporary lights in place for repairs to the Cree Bridge at Newton Stewart.

On the M74 there are north and southbound lane restrictions for works between junction 15 Beattock and 16 Johnstonbridge.

Stop - Go boards will be out today on the A701 Dumfries to Moffat Road at the Shieldhill junction.

And on the A76, Dumfries to Kilmarnock Road traffic controls remain in place at Enterkinfoot. Temporary lights will also be in use at Elliock Bridge just south of Sanquhar.

Another showery day

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

In the Borders, it will be another day of sunshine and showers. It'll be a grey start with a good many showers during the morning, but most of them will clear, leaving some sunshine for the afternoon.

Winds will be fresh at first, easing through the day. Temperatures will reach 12 Celsius.

It will be similar picture in the south-west, but an improvement on yesterday, with a shift in the balance towards dry and bright weather. Showers will be mainly towards Dumfries and Moffat, but they'll be few and far between.

Winds will be occasionally fresh at first, easing through the day. Temperatures will reach 13 Celsius in the best of the sunshine.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning.

Welcome to Thursday on the South of Scotland Live page. The picture on the front page today was taken from the Eildon Hills, near Melrose.

Stick with us until 5pm for the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.