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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 12 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday 13 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 for joining us.

We'll be back again tomorrow from 9am with all the news, sport, travel and weather from our region.

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

We are also on Twitter @BBCSouthScot.

South of Scotland treble

There was a treble triumph for the south of Scotland at Sedgefield this afternoon.

Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick won the opener aboard Black Jack Rover, a 5/6 favourite, and then followed up on Gingili in the 3.45pm race.

Sedgefield
Oliver Dixon

In between times Langholm trainer and jockey James Ewart and Dale Irving won the 2.45pm race with Scorpions Sting at 9/4.

St Abbs closure - your views

Email: selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk

Michael Pestereff emails: I am distressed that the station is scheduled for closure. As a visitor to St Abbs every year for the past 67 years, I know that not only is the station part of the ethos of St Abbs, but in recent years (the last 25) the rise in divers and other visitors who use the sea for recreation makes it essential that a local lifesaving facility is available.

Any incident from St Abbs to the Fast Castle would take the Eyemouth boat half an hour longer to reach. It is that area where many diver explore and where lifesaving cover needs to be available. The Dunbar boat could also cover that area, but would probably take longer than the one from Eyemouth. Please ask the RNLI to reconsider as a matter of urgency.

Motorway drugs man jailed

A man caught in possession of 400,000 diazepam tablets

has been jailed for 20 months.

Akmal Yaqub, 33, was found with the drugs on the northbound carriageway of the A74(M) near Beattock in April last year.

Firefighters tackle hotel blaze

Firefighters from across the Borders and into Dumfries and Galloway

have been sent to a hotel blaze near Selkirk.

The Gordon Arms
Google

The fire broke out shortly after 14:00 at the Gordon Arms in the Yarrow Valley.

Showers fading

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

The rest of today will see those afternoon showers we've had fade away to leave some late evening sunshine.

It's then mostly dry overnight with clear spells and winds die out, becoming light and variable.

Overnight lows around 5 to 7 celsius, with the odd rural pocket cooler.

Bulletin time

It is nearly time for our local radio news bulletins at 16:30 from Selkirk and Dumfries so remember to tune in.

'A very popular boy'

The head teacher of a primary school near Lockerbie

has paid tribute to pupil Keir Millar who died after a stock car accident at the weekend.

Keir Millar
Raymond Henderson

The 11-year-old died in hospital on Monday following the crash at Lochgelly Raceway on Saturday.

Lynn McAulay-Sharp, of Tundergarth Primary, said he was a "very popular boy who made friends easily".

'Terrible clatter'

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A cyclist fell with a "terrible clatter" after going over a speed bump,

a fatal accident inquiry has heard.

Sheila Hyslop, 50, died from serious head injuries four days after the incident on Albert Road, Dumfries.

Rugby boost

South of Scotland rugby clubs are among those across Scotland set to benefit from Scottish Rugby's largest ever cash injection to help improve facilities and generate new revenues.

Selkirk RFC
Scottish Rugby

The Club Sustainability Fund will invest £1.6m over a four year period into Scottish rugby.

Among those seeing investment from the first round are Selkirk, Kelso, Duns, Stewartry and Hawick's Community Rugby Trust.

Hotel fire

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

Borders #A708 Selkirk to Moffat road is closed west of Selkirk at the Gordon Arms Hotel because of a fire. Police are directing traffic.T.T.

Loan fund

Economy, environment and infrastructure committee councillors in Dumfries and Galloway have agreed to join the Scottish Local Authority Loan Fund.

The fund will make it "much easier and more flexible" for micro and small and medium enterprises across the region to get support loans for their businesses.

Secretary of State interviewed

@ScotlandOffice

@ScotlandOffice

tweets: Secretary of State for Scotland being interviewed for ITV Border after attending first Cabinet meeting this morning

David Mundell
The Scotland Office

Business is booming

Exactly 1,000 people took part in Business Gateway workshops in 2014/15, members of Scottish Borders Council's executive committee were told this morning.

Councillors heard that the performance of the service improved in the last financial year and continued to receive "excellent feedback" from service users.

Shaping up

@UniWestScotland

@UniWestScotland

tweets: First year nurses at Dumfries 'Waking up and shaking up' before a #NursesDay class this morning...

Nurses
University of West of Scotland

Lifeboat closure opposition

@theberwickshire

Berwickshire News

tweets: In the last hour, the petition to keep the RNLI service at St Abbs has reached 1,000 signatures.

Moore's future plans

Former Borders MP Michael Moore has spoken of his immediate plans for the future after losing the seat for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk to the SNP's Calum Kerr.

Michael Moore
BBC

He said: "I will sleep, I will reflect. In that great line of all politicians, I will spend more time with my family and enjoy that thoroughly.

"I have had the great privilege of representing this wonderful area of parliament for the last 18 years. It's my home, I look forward to spend more time in my home.

"I have had a great run and it's been 18 fabulous years and I will look for new opportunities and new chapters."

Round Scotland kayaker at Cairnryan

@LifeAfloat

Nick Ray, who is sea kayaking 2015 miles around Scotland in aid of the RNLI,

tweets: The Cairnryan Ferry Port. Loch Ryan. #Scotland #2015in2015

Cairnryan port
@LifeAfloat

Road closed

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

#A711 Dalbeattie to Kirkcudbright road is closed at Dundrennan for roadworks...local diversions are signed. T.T.

Cree Lodge Cup results

In the second round of the Cree Lodge Cup last night Abbey Vale beat St Cuthberts 2-1.

Heston went down 4-2 at home to Wigtown.

The game between Mid Annandale and Nithsdale was abandoned after a floodlight failure in extra time.

And Edusport Academy's tie against Upper Annandale was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Moffat Academy.

'Effective voice'

BBC Radio Scotland

David Mundell has said that the success of the SNP at the general election did not mean Scottish independence was closer.

The Scottish Secretary told the

BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme: "From knocking on thousands of doors, I am quite clear that people did not vote for the SNP on the basis of a separatist agenda.

"People were quite clear they were voting in the context of Scotland within the United Kingdom. They believed SNP MPs could be their most effective voice in Westminster.

"I don't believe it was mandate for separation, or a mandate for another referendum. It was a message - in particular to the Scottish Labour party - that they wanted a more effective voice at Westminster."

Hard work begins

Facebook

Dumfries and Galloway MP Richard Arkless posted: After all the fun yesterday today we begin with more serious work.

This morning all 56 of us will attend our first parliamentary meeting where it is likely that Angus Robertson will be reappointed our group leader.

Have a good morning everyone.

Richard Arkless at Westminster
Richard Arkless

St Abbs closure - your views

Email: selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk

Roberta Gray-McMath emails: Someone hasn't thought this through at all. Logistical reasoning has clearly been done by looking at a map rather than rational thinking. I am right in saying the purpose of the RNLI is to save lives at sea?

St Abbs does have an extremely high diver count including dive boats from Eyemouth! There is also a lot of pleasure craft and a very busy beach. I know there are life guards on the beach but it won't always be possible to rescue from the beach! 4 minutes on a good day will take you from Eyemouth to St Abbs if you're lucky!! Every second counts when it's life or death but you know that, don't you?

Wilma Shaw emails: What will happen if the Eyemouth crew are out on a rescue and one is needed nearer St Abbs?

Nursing staff concerns

Scotland's biggest nursing agency has warned

there are not enough qualified nurses in Scotland to fill rota gaps.

Nurse numbers
Thinkstock

ScotNursing says it is only able to fill around 40% of available shifts, whereas in the past it was able to fill 90%.

The company is calling on former nurses to consider doing occasional shifts.

The Scottish government said it had taken measures to support nurses, and increase the numbers of nurses and midwives working in the NHS.

Testing times

@BordersRailTV

@BordersRailTV

tweets: One for the purists (no music version) - the first test train on the Borders Railway - from early this morning.
https://vimeo.com/127578415

Train
Border Railway TV

Cloudy start

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A fairly cloudy start to the afternoon with showers continuing to spread in from the west, a few heavy ones in the mix.

Staying windy with a brisk westerly wind blowing the showers through quickly, so there will be some brightness. It will remain mainly dry with some sunshine along the Berwickshire coast.

By the end of the afternoon the showers will tend to be fairly well scattered with more drier sunnier conditions to end the day on.

Highs of around 15 celsius.

Bulletin time

Don't miss the local radio bulletins coming up at 12:30 from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

And tune in again later at 16:30 and 17:30 for more from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

Church's recruitment drive

The Church of Scotland has launched

a recruitment drive to tackle a shortage of ministers in the Kirk.

Reverend Michael Mair
PA

They are releasing a video as part of a social media campaign championing the work that ministers do.

The Church of Scotland has been struggling to recruit ministers for its 1,400 congregations in Scotland.

Ewart triumphs again

Langholm trainer James Ewart was in winning form with Roc De Prince at Musselburgh's flat meeting yesterday.

Today he takes Scorpions Sting to Sedgefield under jockey Dale Irving.

Before that Hawick's Wilson Renwick rides Black Jack Rover.

Dumfries Infirmary norovirus update

No new cases have been reported in a norovirus outbreak at Dumfries Infirmary.

Dumfries Infirmary
OTher

However, ward 12 at the hospital remains closed to admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

Racial abuse arrest made

Police in the Scottish Borders

have arrested a man in connection with an alleged incident of racial abuse in Hawick.

It follows an incident on the town's High Street on the night of 29 April.

Police Scotland confirmed they had arrested a 24-year-old man.

He is expected to appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on 1 June.

Fare trade?

Artists have fitted out a black cab and converted it to run on used cooking oil, for an eco-friendly cooking tour of Dumfries and Galloway during the Spring Fling festival from 23 to 25 May.

Taxi catering
Colin Hattersley

Running on Empty will see catering duo Jade Norcross and Craig Middleton preparing everything from a seaside barbeque at Port William to canapes and smoked mackerel lunches at Brydekirk.

Business advice

The latest in Business Gateway's series of monthly drop-in sessions takes place today.

It's in Eyemouth's Community Centre - the venue on the second Tuesday of every month - from 10am to 2pm. There's another next Monday in Duns Community Centre.

A business advisor will be there to give advice and information on starting up or running a business.

Hospital care pledge

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

has moved to allay concerns raised by inspectors about the quality of care at a community hospital.

Galloway Community Hospital
Billy McCrorie

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) said this week that only seven out of 26 problems identified at the Galloway Community Hospital had been tackled.

However, depute director of nursing Alice Wilson said all the issues raised were being acted on.

She insisted the public could have full confidence in the quality of care.

'Lives at risk'

The station manager at a lifeboat station which is set to be closed

has said the move will "undoubtedly put lives at risk".

St Abbs lifeboat station
RNLI/Richard Smith

The RNLI plans to shut the site at St Abbs by the end of the summer with an inshore boat added at nearby Eyemouth.

Road works due to begin

The A7 between Galashiels and Selkirk will be closed overnight for three nights starting tonight.

Road closed sign
Thinkstock

The road is being resurfaced and signs improved at Boleside, south of the Kingsknowes Roundabout from 7.30pm until 6.30am.

A diversion is in place from Selkirk via the A699 to St Boswells, the A68, and the Melrose by-pass back into Galashiels northbound - and vice versa going south.

Mundell on the Smith Commission

BBC Radio Scotland

The new Scottish Secretary, David Mundell has said his priority will be to bring forward legislation to implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission.

Mr Mundell, the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, confirmed this will be set out in the Queen's Speech.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland, he said: "That will allow a debate involving all of Scotland's parliamentarians."

When asked if the Conservative government would be willing to go further than the Smith proposals, Mr Mundell replied: "The government believes the Smith package is the right package for Scotland, the right package to give the Scottish parliament the powers that it needs to be an effective devolved parliament within the context of the United Kingdom.

"When legislation goes through parliament, there is discussion and we will listen to what people say."

Motorbike warning

Thousands of motorbikes are expected to travel through Dumfries and Galloway this week, ahead of a major road race in Northern Ireland.

motorbike
trendobjects

Police Scotland has issued a warning to road users to take extra care as riders make their way to the annual North West 200 motorbike race in Coleraine.

About 3,500 bikers are likely to use the A75 and A77 to travel to the ferry port at Cairnryan, police said.

They warned that many will travel in groups and will be easy to spot.

Stock car racer, 11, dies

An 11-year-old boy from Lockerbie has

died in hospital after a stock car accident at the weekend.

Keir Millar
Raymond Henderson

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 following the accident.

A statement from Keir's family said: "We wish to announce that due to the injuries sustained in an accident at the weekend Keir has sadly passed away."

Travel news

A convoy system will be in use today for patching work on the A75 at Glenterry Lodge just west of Castle Douglas.

On the same route, you'll encounter lining work today at Crocketford and at the Glasgow Road roundabout on the Dumfries by-pass.

Stop-go boards will be in use for verge works between Glenluce and Newton Stewart.

Traffic controls will also be used for short periods between 09:30 and 15:30 today for tree felling work on the A701 at the Grove in Dumfries.