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  1. Updates for Monday 11 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 12 May

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for now from a busy news day across the south of Scotland.

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

In the meantime, send your news, views and images to or

Police in car vandalism appeal

Police in Dumfries want to trace a woman seen near a car which was vandalised early on Saturday morning.


The Ford Focus suffered about £250 worth of damage while it was parked in Queen Street at about 02:00.

Police said a woman aged between 17 and 21 was seen talking to a man at the vehicle.

She was "chubby", with blonde shoulder length hair which was wavy at the bottom. She was wearing a black leather jacket and jeans.

Police speed warning

Three motorcyclists have allegedly been caught travelling at up to 135mph on the A75 in Dumfries and Galloway, according to Police Scotland.


Officers said they spotted the men travelling at speed near Gatehouse of Fleet on Saturday during Operation Zenith - a scheme to improve biker behaviour.

A police spokesman said a 36-year-old, a 42-year-old and a 46-year-old would be reported to the procurator fiscal.

A dry evening

BBC Scotland Weather


Any showers will die away with a dry evening along with some bright or sunny spells. Staying largely dry overnight with clear spells.

Temperatures will hold up around 7C in the west, 5 or 6C in the Borders, staying breezy with a fresh south-westerly wind.

Iraq killer 'not properly vetted'

A security guard who murdered two ex-servicemen in Iraq

was not vetted properly by his employer, a coroner said.

Paul McGuigan
Paul McGuigan was shot dead in Iraq while working as a security guard

Danny Fitzsimons shot dead Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare, in 2009, after the private firm employed him.

The ex-paratrooper, of Greater Manchester, employed by ArmorGroup, is serving a 20-year jail term in Baghdad.

The coroner has ruled Mr McGuigan, from Peebles in the Scottish Borders, was unlawfully killed.

Radio times

Remember to get your local radio news at 16:30 and 17:30 today from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

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

'Totally focused'

Stranraer's hope of promotion to the Championship were dashed at the weekend but their performance over the season has placed them in the spotlight.

Stranraer manager Stephen Aitken

Manager Stephen Aitken has been linked to other managerial vacancies however he has played down the speculation.

"We have come a long, long way in a short time," he said. "My job is to keep it going. I'm totally focused on the job in hand until someone tells me definitely."

A walk with a view



tweets: Scott's View, Scottish Borders. Love a walk with a view? Share your #brilliantmoments with us!

Scott's View
Julianelliott/ Dollar Photo Club

Fowler's play-off optimism

Queen of the South manager

James Fowler refused to write off his side's play-off chances despite losing the first leg 2-1 at home to Rangers.

Rangers' Dean Shiels (2nd from right) celebrates after putting his side 2-1 up
Rangers' Dean Shiels (2nd from right) celebrates after putting his side 2-1 up

Steven Smith and Dean Shiels scored either side of a Derek Lyle counter to put the visitors in control of the tie.

However ahead of next Sunday's Ibrox return, Fowler says his team can still cause an upset.

"If we play like that, we can go there and get a result. We're right in there," he told BBC Scotland.

New bowling season

As the new bowling season got underway at the weekend, Dumfriesshire and Wigtownshire made winning starts to their Inter County Championship campaigns.


Dumfriesshire beat Ayrshire South winning by 118 shots to 99, while Wigtownshire beat Renfrewshire South by 136 to 108 at Stranraer.

Meanwhile there was defeat for Stewartry as they lost by 44 shots (143-99) to reigning Champions Lanarkshire South.

Potts Cup third round

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Newton Stewart and Wigtown and Bladnoch are both through to the third round of the Potts Cup.

Newton were 3-0 winners over Creetown, while Wigtown beat Heston Rovers, 8-1.

Meanwhile, South football continues this evening, with four Cree Lodge Cup second round ties. Abbey Vale are at home to St Cuthbert Wanderers, while Heston Rovers take on Wigtown and Bladnoch at Palmerston.

Nithsdale Wanderers head to Lockerbie to play Mid Annandale while the tie between Edusport Academy and Upper Annandale will now take place at Moffat Academy. All four matches kick off at 7.30pm.

'Calm and experienced'

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has congratulated David Mundell following his appointment as Secretary of State for Scotland.

"I am absolutely delighted at the decision by the Prime Minister to promote him," she said.

"At a momentous time in our politics we need calm and experienced leadership, and that is exactly what David will bring to this post.

"Having worked extensively across both Holyrood and Westminster he is quite simply the right man for the job. He will ensure that Scotland's two governments work well with each other and always in a spirit of mutual respect and co-operation."

A new job for Mundell

Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed

David Mundell as the new secretary of state for Scotland.

David Mundell

Mr Mundell is the only Conservative MP in Scotland.

He had previously served in the Scotland Office as a junior minister.

Mundell is Scotland Secretary


Prime Minister David Cameron

tweets: David Mundell will become Secretary of State for Scotland

David Mundell MP at Number 10


Journalist David Torrance

tweets: @DavidMundellDCT has just entered Downing Street for a rather predictable chat with the Prime Minister #GE2015

David Mundell outside Number 10

Threave Castle closure


Historic Scotland

tweets: Unfortunately, Threave Castle has had to close due to a mechanical fault. We'll keep you updated #hsclosure

Richard Arkless at Westminster

The new SNP MP for Dumfries and Galloway has been speaking to Annita McVeigh on the

BBC News Channel.

Richard Arkless

He said "chunky sections" of his constituency, which were traditional Labour heartlands, had seen a "disconnect" with the party.

"They moved en masse to the SNP because they believe we are the party of social justice and we will best represent their interests at Westminster."

He added: "I am absolutely delighted [to be here], thrilled, it feels very historic."

'Range anxiety': Get involved


Tom Ferraioli emails: Having tried a Nissan Leaf for a weekend, I can confirm that they are fantastic cars to drive but there is indeed the feeling of "range anxiety", though often it is unjustified.

In cold weather, the mileage plummets, that plus the cost of replacement or leasing batteries is currently so astronomical, which ensures that the owner/user does not really receive any benefit from owning the car.

That should hopefully be a thing of the past however with planned new types of batteries, which are both increased in range and much cheaper to produce, assuming greed is controlled.

Jockey Jason's winners

It was a good weekend for former champion apprentice jockey Jason Hart from Hawick.

Jason rode a winner at Nottingham on Saturday afternoon and followed it up by returning to the winner's enclosure at Thirsk on Saturday evening.

Jedburgh jockey Grant Cockburn also rode 11/2 outsider of four Flaming Thistle to victory at Hexham on Saturday afternoon.

Poultry shed plans

Plans for a poultry rearing plant near Cardrona have been unveiled.


Cleek Poultry want to erect sheds, feed stores and other infrastructure at Kirkburn.

Three years ago police and council enforcement officers had to evict a businessman who had barricaded himself into a compound at the site.

Scottish Borders Council recently approved an application for holiday lodges on neighbouring land.

Gretna's cup hopes

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

A Scott Milligan double in extra time took Gretna through to the final of the Lowland League Cup.

Darren Addison's late strike had cancelled out Danny Dunglinson's opener during 90 minutes before Milligan struck to take Stuart Rome's side past Dalbeattie Star.

They now face East Kilbride, who were 6-0 winners over Preston Athletic, in the final next Sunday.

Children's nursery plan

A former country store in Galashiels could be turned into a children's nursery.

Children playing

Lesley Anderson, of Limelight Childcare, has submitted a planning application for the former Kennedy's Store at Bank Close.

Kennedy's relocated to Melrose more than a year ago. Ms Anderson also wants to create a drop off point and erect new signage.

The bid will be considered by planners over the coming weeks.

New MPs head to Westminster

The SNP's new intake of

56 MPs are making their way to Westminster for the first time since the party's huge success in the general election.

The SNP got 56 MPs at the election
Getty Images
The SNP won 56 of Scotland's 59 seats on last week's general election

Nicola Sturgeon will greet them outside the House of Commons where the SNP leader says they will make Scotland's voice heard like never before.

Get in touch

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You can use the same email addresses to contact us with stories and comments about this service.

'A breezy afternoon'

BBC Scotland Weather


A breezy afternoon with a strong south west wind and bright or sunny spells.

Areas of cloud come and go through the day with the risk of a few showers, but really not too many at all. In the Borders, there is a small risk of showers north of Galashiels.

Afternoon temperatures should reach around 15C or 16C, cooler though on the south-west coast and in exposure to that wind.

Tune in

Our radio bulletins are on their way from Dumfries and Selkirk.

Make sure you tune in at 12:30 for all the latest from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Game over for Stranraer

BBC Sport


Forfar Athletic will take on Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Championship play-off final after completing

an aggregate victory over Stranraer.

Match ball

The visitors led 3-0 following

Wednesday's first leg but fell behind before half-time.

Saturday's match ended 1-1.

Get in touch: electric cars

Rob Kay emails: I run a Nissan Leaf myself, a pure electric plug-in car, which I have owned for two years. In those two years I have yet to run out of juice!

I have over 16,000 miles on the clock from new, and mainly use it in the Central belt, though I recently drove to Cheltenham and back, covering 342 miles in one day.

It was interesting to see that there were electric cars at virtually all the charging points down the M6 - their use has really taken off in the last year especially.

I am not surprised that this council fleet has been underused, due to two main factors: firstly the network of charging points has been slow to develop (though it is much better now than it was three years ago) and secondly driver behaviour - it really is a very different kind of car to drive and if people are in a hurry, they will always stick with the familiar rather than experiment with the new.

Hospital inspectors' concerns

A south of Scotland

community hospital has still not done enough to address the significant concerns of inspectors.

Galloway Community Hospital
chris newman

Out of 26 problems identified at Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer, only seven have been fully addressed by NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) said patients were ringing for nurses for a long time before anyone came.

Earlier this year NHS Dumfries and Galloway apologised for being "unable to demonstrate best standards of care".

Front bench for Mundell?

Prime Minister David Cameron is

expected to announce further details of his cabinet today, including the new Secretary of State for Scotland.

David Mundell

The only Conservative MP north of the border, David Mundell, who represents Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale, is likely to be a front runner for the job.

But he has refused to be drawn on whether he will be handed the role.

Get in touch: electric cars

Concerned council employee emails: About your article I regularly use fleet vehicles including the Nissan leaf though they are great to drive the other problem is not just the battery issue it's the severe lack of charging points!

On another point would you drive a car that has large butterfly's on its exterior?

Valuable violins stolen

Four rare violins worth thousands of pounds have been

stolen from a house in Dumfries.


Police said one of the violins dated back to 1890 and another was from 1940.

They were taken from a house in Dalbeattie Road at some point between last Monday and Friday while the property was empty. Their value has been estimated at about £5,500.

Calum Kerr, MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk


New Borders MP Calum Kerr

tweets: Can't move on this plane for fantastic SNP MPs! Great to see @RogMull #firstday

Calum Kerr

Queens lose advantage

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

The predatory instincts of Dean Shiels were enough to provide

Rangers with a slender advantage in the Premiership play-off quarter-final against Queen of the South.

Dean Shiels scored the winning goal at Palmerston with a smart header
SNS Group
Dean Shiels scored the winning goal at Palmerston with a smart header

His 75th-minute header secured a lead from the first leg against a stubbornly assertive Queen of the South.

Rangers opened the scoring through Stevie Smith's brilliant free-kick.

Queens refused to be timid, though, and Derek Lyle equalised with a free header as the hosts continued to battle throughout an absorbing game.

Lockerbie boy 'critical'

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

An 11-year-old boy from Lockerbie is

in a critical condition in hospital after a stock car accident at the weekend.

Keir Millar was injured in a race at Lochgelly Raceway in Fife on Saturday.

He was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh where police said his condition was critical.

The Dumfries and Galloway youngster took part in the Ministox racing series and last year won the Ninja Kart Championship in England.

Electric cars: Get in touch


Douglas Chirnside emails: Well done Dumfries council for leading the way to what will be the new norm. People just need time to get used to Electric vehicles and the planning of their journeys.

The battery technology is improving all the time and with that the range will increase. Peoples driving skills will evolve to suit EV driving. Lead by example.

Eilzabeth Sullivan emails: I do agree with staff anxiety around the use of the electric cars. As a previous employee of the authority the 100 mile range would not help in quite a lot of rural locations with charging stations minimal.

For example a journey from Castle Douglas to Stranraer is 55 miles so the car would have to be charged again for the return journey.

Hidden war bunkers

The story of how Britain prepared for the threat of Nazi occupation in World War Two is quite literally being

unearthed by researchers.

Inside Selkirk's resistance bunker Blair
The most recent hidden operational base to be found was in the Selkirk area

They have been uncovering hidden operational bases for resistance fighters, most recently near the town of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.

Hidden somewhere in the UK countryside near you - or under you - lie buried hundreds of bunkers, built in utmost secrecy on the orders of Winston Churchill during WW2, where the British resistance would wage guerrilla warfare against a Nazi occupation.

'Range anxiety' of electric cars

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A Scottish local authority has admitted that

its staff are reluctant to use its pool of electric cars for fear of being stranded with a flat battery.

electric car
Dumfries and Galloway Council has four Nissan Leafs in its car pool

Dumfries and Galloway Council said some workers were wary of the cars' 100 mile range in the sprawling rural area.

It came as new figures obtained by BBC Scotland revealed that the local authority had spent £57,600 on four electric Nissan Leafs since 2011.

Yet, in total, the cars have covered fewer than 26,000 miles in that time.