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  1. Updates for Tuesday 5 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday 6 May

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

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Goalkeeper Dodds retires

Saturday's defeat for Gala Fairydean Rovers in the Lowland League Cup brought to an end the career of goalkeeper John Dodds.

The 33-year-old from Selkirk, who had played for Ayr United, Queen of the South and East Fife, has been plagued by injury in recent seasons.

Celebration of mills

A series of special events is being held at New Abbey Corn Mill this weekend as part of a national celebration.

New Abbey Corn Mill
Historic Scotland

It is one of a number that are throwing their doors open for National Mills Weekend.

Visitors to the restored, operational water-powered mill on the Pow Burn, will be able to see the the waterwheel in action and discover how it produced oatmeal for centuries.

Lorna Ewan, from Historic Scotland, said: "National Mills Weekend is a fantastic opportunity to explore and discover more about Scotland's rich and varied milling heritage, from oatmeal to cotton, through a series of special themed events."

Brighter look

BBC Scotland Weather


A drier and brighter look to this evening for a time, with just one or two showers.

During tonight the showers will become more frequent and prolonged at times, some of them will be on the heavy side.

Temperatures will fall to around 5C. Winds will pick up along the Galloway coast.

Radio bulletins

Remember to tune in for the latest news from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios at 16:30 and then again at 17:30.

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

Trailer 'rose like a horse'

An inquiry has heard evidence from a driver who witnessed a

crash which claimed the life of a man from south Wales working on the Borders Railway.

Huw Jenkins, 54, of Tonmawr, died following the incident on the A7 near Galashiels, last May.

Alastair Brearley, 67, told the hearing at Selkirk Sheriff Court how an HGV went into the back of a tractor and trailer being driven by Mr Jenkins.

He said the front end of the trailer "rose like a horse on two feet".

Manager of the month

BBC Sport


Queen of the South's James Fowler has been named the

Scottish Championship manager of the month for April.

James Fowler poses with his trophy

Four victories and a draw last month, including wins over Rangers and Hibs, helped Queens to a fourth-place finish and a two-legged Scottish Premiership play-off quarter-final against Rangers.

Missing Beattock man

Police have released a photograph of a man missing from Beattock since last week.

Kenneth Thomson
Police Scotland
Kenneth Thompson has been missing since Wednesday

Kenneth Thomson, 54, was last seen at about 07:30 on Wednesday, as he left his home address.

He is 6ft2, of medium build, with fair hair which is balding on top. He speaks with a Zimbabwean accent.

Claymore ban

Musician Jesse Rae has been told

he will not be allowed into polling stations or the election count in the Borders if he carries his claymore.

Jesse Rae
Ian Rutherford

The 63-year-old is rarely seen in public without the 5ft sword as well as steel helmet and tartan outfit.

He is standing as an Independent candidate in the

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency.

Scottish Borders Council has informed him he cannot take the sword to the count or polling places.

Postman jailed over thefts

A postal worker who stole

packages worth thousands of pounds to pay for his gambling addiction has been jailed.


Kevan Miller, 47, was told he had been involved in "significant dishonesty" while employed with the Royal Mail at their depot in Hawick.

He admitted taking packages worth around £4,000 between January 2010 and December last year.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond said he saw no alternative to a custodial sentence and jailed him for four months.

Team of the year

Selkirk RFC has been presented with the Borders Team of the Year award, after earning promotion to the Premiership with a 100% record in National League 1.

rugby ball

Assistant coach Cameron Cochrane said it has been a "great pleasure" to be involved with the team after losing 22 members of the the squad at the end of last season.

He said: "We were just thinking where are we going this season? Young boys have come in, been given a chance and they have grabbed it with both hands and it's just been an absolute pleasure to work with them."

Music and food

A roots music festival has unveiled plans to showcase some of the best food and drink from across Dumfries and Galloway.

Douglas Robertson
The Knockengorroch World Ceilidh hosts music fans from around the country

Musicians Young Fathers, Peatbog Faeries and Shooglenifty will perform at the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh, which runs from 21-24 May.

But food producers including Cream of Galloway, Loch Arthur Creamery, Annandale Distillery and Moniaive Chocolatiers will also play a major role at the festival, which is near Carsphairn.

Festival director Liz Holmes said: "Dumfries and Galloway has long been a farming region and we are very proud of its local produce. Our food partners emphasis on entrepreneurialism, community and land are all values we share at Knockengorroch."

Equal pay meeting

Galloway Gazette

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson has expressed his astonishment at

the number of people who attended the meeting he had organised last Thursday in Troqueer Community Centre.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear from an Employment Law Specialist from Digby Brown Solicitors in Glasgow on the options that might be open to them with regard to the Equal Pay claim made against the Council.

Police probe mail theft

Police have launched an investigation after mail was removed from a green metal post box in Dumfries.

The box in Park Lane was forced open between 16:30 on Saturday and 17:00 on Sunday.

Breakfast for Gosling

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Ryan Gosling has finally eaten his cereal -

in a moving tribute to the man behind a series of viral videos.

Ryan McHenry
Ryan McHenry's vine videos of Ryan Gosling went viral

In April 2013, Ryan McHenry, who grew up in Dumfries, began uploading a series of Vines of himself holding up spoonfuls of cereal to videos of Ryan Gosling pulling faces.

The series went viral, picking up tens of millions of loops.

On Saturday, Ryan died after battling bone cancer. He was 27 years old.

Weather prospects

BBC Weather

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Weather maps

Some brightness

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy afternoon to come across the region.

Rain will become more showery in the Borders, allowing some brightness to develop. Winds will ease for a time, before freshening from the southwest this evening.

In Dumfries and Galloway, the rain will be persistent and heavy at times, particularly during the first part of the afternoon, before easing to bright spells and scattered showers.

The best of the sunshine will be towards the Solway Coast. Winds will become south-westerly - still fresh around the coasts.

Temperatures will be significantly down on yesterday, reaching 12C.

Tune in

Remember to tune in for the local radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk at 12:30.

All the latest news, sport, travel and weather coming up.

Carrier bag funding boost

Supermarket giant Tesco has awarded grants of £250 to four Borders community groups, using cash generated from the new 5p carrier bag charge.

The Allanton Enhancement Group will use cash from the Community Grants Scheme to help a gardening project.

Berwickshire Civic Society's been given funding to boost the Keep Berwickshire Tidy initiative.

The PTA at Langlee Primary School in Galashiels will buy trees, hedging and bulbs to offer shelter and attract wildlife. And Lauder in Bloom's £250 will help pay for a gardening biodiversity event.

'Significant historical importance'

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Historic Scotland has said three items of

pottery stolen from Melrose Abbey were of little financial value but were of "significant historic importance".

Crown copyright courtesy historic scotland

Police are investigating the theft from a locked room in the Commendator's House between 30 April and 1 May.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area has been asked to contact them with information.

Tribute to Dumfries filmmaker


The Guardian

tweets: Ryan Gosling eats cereal in Vine after creator of 'Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal' loses battle with cancer- video

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling

Second place for Bogie

David Bogie from Dumfries had to settle for second on Saturday's Coltel Granite City Rally after he and Aberdeen's Dave Weston ended the day with identical times.

David Bogie
John Lindsay
David Bogie finished second in the Granite City Rally, driving a Ford Fiesta R5+

A faster time on the final stage gave the win to Weston, who was co-driven by Haugh of Urr's Kirsty Riddick in a Subaru Impreza WRC.

Jock Armstrong from Castle Douglas was third, also in a Subaru. There were class wins for Port William's Fraser Wilson (Mitsubishi EVO 9); Thornhill's Greg McKnight (Ford Escort Mk2); and Donald Peacock of Bridge of Dee (Peugeot 205 GTi).

Purse stolen in Stranraer

A purse containing more than £200 in cash, bank cards and personal papers was stolen from a black Peugeot car on Monday.

The vehicle was targeted while it was parked outside the Apex Office in Stranraer's High Street at about 15:00.

Police want to trace a man who was seen acting suspiciously in the area at the time.

He was in his late 30s or early 40s, about 5ft10 tall, with grey hair. He was wearing a grey hooded zipper top and jeans and he was seen getting into a small white car.

Superbike glory

Hawick's Stuart Easton recorded his

fourth British Superbike win of his career yesterday afternoon.

He won the second superbike race yesterday afternoon at Oulton Park for the Penrith-based Paul Bird Motorsport racing team.


'Beautiful shot'


Historic Scotland

tweets: A beautiful shot of Dryburgh Abbey taken by one of our monument managers

Dryburgh Abbey
Historic Scotland

Mountain bike pictures

Some of the best mountain bikers in the country were in the Borders at the weekend to take part in the British Championships.

British Championships start line
Ian Linton
The start line for the British Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon Championship was in Selkirk

See a selection of photographs from the competition, as well as the Selkirk MTB Marathon and Friday night's Mountain Bike Festival,


Footballer assault

Police have launched an investigation into the

assault of a footballer at an amateur match.


The 32-year-old suffered a broken bone in his face during the off-pitch incident near the end of the game.

He was playing for Lochmaben Amateurs in their home clash with Airdrie-based Chapelhall Thistle when the disturbance took place on Saturday.

A police spokesman said the incident happened at the side of the pitch and involved a number of people.

Roman pottery stolen

Police have launched an investigation after

a number of items of Roman pottery were stolen from Melrose Abbey.

Melrose Abbey
Jonathan Hutchins

The artefacts, which date from 80-180 AD and are thought to be worth about £400, were taken from the Commendator's House.

Police Scotland believe they were taken from a locked room between 30 April and 1 May.

Travel news

Traffic Scotland are warning of potentially difficult driving conditions because of surface water on the Dumfriesshire stretch of the M74.

Temporary lights remain in place on the A75 for repairs to the Cree Bridge at Newton Stewart.

On the A76 traffic controls are in use at Enterkinfoot, and further north patching work is scheduled today at Sanquhar Castle.

Cloudy and wet

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy day to come across the south-west and the Borders, with outbreaks of rain. The rain will be persistent and heavy at times, accompanied by freshening east or north-easterly winds.

Temperatures will be significantly down on yesterday, reaching 12C, and it'll feel even colder in the breeze. Skies will brighten later in the afternoon, allowing some late sunshine before dusk, but still with a scattering of showers.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning from a dreich Dumfries.

Today's front page photo shows a bridge over the River Tweed near Melrose.

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