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  1. Updates for Friday 15 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 18 May

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

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'Cloudy and damp'

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy and damp end to the day with a fresh to strong south west wind as a weather front moves east across our region.

So it's a damp commute home in places, although the rain shouldn't be too heavy and it does move through fairly fast.

By tonight, the rain will be clearing, leaving just a few areas of drizzle and then a dry and cloudy night.

Overnight lows around 6C or 7C with cloudy skies, some clear spells and winds going round to the west.

Quad bike theft

Police are investigating the theft of a quad bike and a motorcycle from outbuildings at a house in St Mungo, Lockerbie, sometime between 18:15 on Wednesday and 17:20 on Thursday.

The quad bike is a red Apache 110cc and is valued at around £500, while the motorcycle is a red Honda 50cc mud bike, valued at around £350.

Graves reuse plan

Plans to re-use old graves have been

backed by councillors in the Scottish Borders.


Corpses would be exhumed and reburied at a deeper depth, under proposals put forward by the Scottish government.

In a move which could ease pressure on cramped cemeteries, more bodies could then be added to the same grave.

Lairs which are partially full could be dug up after 25 years while those which are full could be re-used 75 years after the last burial was made.

Parents' anger

Galloway News

Nine children from Castle Douglas Primary's catchment area

have been caught up in a "postcode lottery" row over school places.

Upset parents have been told that there's no space for their kids in P1 after the summer and they will have to go elsewhere for their education.

Eight families affected by the ruling held a meeting with the school's parent council on Monday night.

And all are appealing to the council's education department against the decision to refuse their children entry.

Radio Times

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 for the very latest local news, sport and weather, broadcast from our studios in Dumfries and Selkirk.

Power complaints

Scottish Power received the highest number of complaints ever recorded for a UK energy provider in a three-month period,

according to figures from Citizens Advice.

For every 100,000 Scottish Power customers, more than 1,100 made a complaint in the final quarter of 2014.

Scottish Power bill

In the year as a whole, complaints rose by 600% with problems caused by a new billing system believed to be a factor.

The company has apologised and said it is working hard to improve its service.

Police in Melrose

Armed police and a helicopter have been spotted in Melrose, after concerns were raised for a man in the area.

Several roads in the town have also been closed.

A Police Scotland spokesman said the force was alerted to an incident at about 12:45 today.

He added: "Enquiries are currently ongoing."

First rideout



tweets: 1st official rideout tonight. Spurs night to meet our good neighbours from Selkirk. Leave Netherdale at 6.30pm #brawlads

Sevens series commitment

BBC Sport


Scotland will continue to compete in the Sevens World Series

despite losing their status as a host on the circuit.

Rugby sevens

France will take over as one of the nine host nations, as BBC Scotland reported in 2014, although the switch has not yet been formally announced.

Final fixtures

The East of Scotland First Division concludes with champions Peebles Rovers away at Burntisland, and Duns also away - at Ormiston this weekend.

Eyemouth welcome Heriot Watt and there's a derby between Kelso and Hawick Royal Albert.

Kelpies in Kelso

A pair of miniature Kelpies have arrived in Kelso.

Kelpies at Kelso

The touring sculptures, which are three metres high, will be in the centre of the town until Monday.

They were made by sculptor Andy Scott before he made the full-scale versions which are the centrepiece of the Helix Park in Falkirk.

Big finale

Walkerburn's traditional end-of-season tournament next Saturday will close the rugby season.

However, for many the big finale is at Riverside Park tomorrow afternoon, when Jed-forest host their Sevens competition.

Picture perfect

This week's collection of

readers' photographs includes one of a fisherman on the River Tweed near Melrose, taken by Mary Low.

Mary Low

Biking celebration

The sixth staging of the annual Tweedlove Bike Festival swings into action tomorrow.

Based in Peebles but spread across the Tweed Valley area over the next two weeks and beyond, the ever-growing event offers a tremendous range of competitions, activities and entertainment around everything to do with the bike.

Ambulance response shake-up call

Eleanor Bradford

BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

A senior Scottish paramedic has called

for a new system of targets for ambulance response times.

Anthony Haley, a team leader in the Scottish Ambulance Service, said targets should be adjusted to reflect which incidents need a fast response.

Scottish Ambulance Service

The Scottish Ambulance Service said it had already made changes to ensure the most appropriate response takes place.

Rally challenge

Dumfries ace David Bogie will join a star-studded line-up at Knockhill tomorrow for the inaugural McRae Rally Challenge.

The entry list for the event - which marks the 20th anniversary of the late Colin McRae lifting the world rally title - also includes the WRC's newest winner Kris Meeke from Northern Ireland, as well as former champions Stig Blomqvist and Hannu Mikkola.

Jim Clark celebration

The streets of Duns may be more used to rally cars, but it's the sound of highly tuned racing cars which will split the air tomorrow and Sunday.

Jim Clark

The town hosts the Jim Clark Weekend in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the late Formula 1 World Champion's most remarkable racing season.

Cup encounters

There's two Potts Cup semi finals tomorrow, Mid Annandale welcome Wigtown and Bladnoch while Newton Stewart host Edusport Academy in a reverse of the midweek Tweedie Cup Tie.

Meanwhile, Gretna have the chance to lift silverware on Sunday when they take on East Kilbride at Netherdale in Galashiels in the final of the Lowland League Cup.

Missing appeal

Police have released a photograph of missing 15-year-old, Rebecca Ann Wilkins.

She was last seen in Annan on Wednesday afternoon.

Rebecca Ann Wilkins
Police Scotland

'Quieten the crowd'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

It's make or break for Queen of the South on Sunday as they travel to Ibrox for the second leg of the Premiership play-off quarter final.

Defender Kevin Holt is relishing the prospect of playing in front of a capacity crowd and says it's important to get off to a good start.

Kevin Holt and Danny Carmichael (left)

"It will be a great atmosphere and a great day to play football," he said.

"That's the kind of games you want to play in at any level, especially at Ibrox.

"I know it's not ideal going in one goal down in the tie but that will be our object from the start just to quieten the crowd and try and start the game well and kick on from there."

Gallery costs

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

The cost of transforming Kirkcudbright Town Hall into a "gallery of national significance" is expected to cost £3.17m,

according to a new report.

Kirkcudbright town hall
MJ Richardson

The plan is part of the Kirkcudbright Charter, which aims to make the best use of the town's public buildings.

Cricket clashes

The leaders of the Western Union premier division visit Dumfries tomorrow, Ayr are unbeaten after their opening two fixtures.

There's also a home fixture for Kingholm in the first division reserve league as they host Albert Park and for Gatehouse in the third division, where they welcome Ardencaple.

Nunholm, St Michaels, Galloway and Langholm are all away in their respective leagues.

Nunholm travel to Cambusdoon in the premier reserve league, while St Michaels head to Glasgow to take on Weirs in the first division. Galloway are at Helensburgh in the second division and Langholm travel to Threlkeld, hoping to bounce back from back to back defeats in the Eden Valley League.

Dee date

Nearly 30 open water swimming enthusiasts will take to the River Dee at Crossmichael in the Stewartry this weekend for what's hoped will become a regular addition to the local events calendar.

River Dee
Mary and Angus Hogg

The competitors aged 17 to 60 will tackle a half-mile, one-mile and two-mile course.

Patchy rain in store

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry look to the start of the afternoon with some bright or sunny spells.

Cloud will increase from the west, with a freshening southerly wind. Outbreaks of patchy rain will eventually reach the western Borders by teatime, not amounting to much with eastern areas staying largely dry.

Feeling milder than yesterday with highs of 14 Celsius.

Bulletin time

Remember to tune in to our radio bulletins at 12:00 today from Dumfries and Selkirk with a mix of international, national and local news.

Woman dies in A76 crash

Police are seeking witnesses to a two-vehicle road crash

which happened at around 18:00 hours on Thursday on the A76 near to North Cottage, Holywood.

A red Daihatsu car was in collision with a black Vauxhall Zafira.

As a result of this collision the Daihatsu car caught fire and was burnt out.

The female driver of the Daihatsu car was killed in the collision. Neither the driver nor the front seat passenger in the Zafira were injured in the collision.

Chipping chance


Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Not got your dog microchipped yet? Dogs Trust are at park nr Linkim Court, Eyemouth today 10am-2pm and offering microchipping for free!

Stirling service



tweets: Stephen Stirling has departed the club. In his 2 stints at Stranraer he has been superb to watch. All the best Steph.

Stephen Stirling
Stranraer FC

Pothole preparations

Today's Annandale Observer leads on the rush to fix potholes ahead of a royal visit.

Annandale Observer
Annandale Observer

Missing girl

Police say they're concerned for a 15-year-old girl reported missing from the Annan area.

Rebecca Ann Wilkins disappeared on Wednesday afternoon. She's about 5ft 3in tall, medium build with brown hair and was last seen wearing a blue and grey top, black skirt, black tights and black shoes.

Play-off mission

Queen of the South's play-off mission to Ibrox makes the back page of today's Standard.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

'Start on front foot'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

It's a massive weekend for Queen of the South. The Dumfries side travel to Ibrox on Sunday for the second leg of the Premiership play-off quarter final, trailing Rangers by two goals to one.

While disappointed at not taking anything from the first leg, manager James Fowler, believes being behind might just work in their favour.

Queen of the South manager James Fowler

"We know we need to go there and win so I think that is always good," he said.

"Sometimes if you've got a draw or you're winning you go there with a different mentality.

"I think now we know we need to go and get a result there hopefully we will start off on the front foot and get at Rangers.

"If they think they have done enough and maybe want to try and hold on to what they've got then that hopefully plays into our hands."

Homes target missed

Berwickshire News

A plan to complete the building of 146 affordable houses in the Borders in 2014/15

fell short of the mark at 62.

Contractor performance issues were the main reason for the delay according to Scottish Borders housing managers in their annual report to councillors this week. It is expected that 87 homes that should have been completed in 2014/15 will now complete in the first quarter of this financial year.

Missing man

Police say they're growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 54-year-old man who went missing from Beattock more than a fortnight ago.

Kenneth Thomson
Police Scotland

Kenneth Thomson was last seen on Wednesday 29 April, and despite extensive local appeals and enquiries there have been no reported sightings since then.

He's described as around 6ft 2in tall, of medium build, with fair hair which is balding on top.

Mr Thomson speaks with a Zimbabwean accent and is known to have his passport with him. A fresh appeal is being made for information.

Heading home

A West Linton charity worker is due to return from Nepal this weekend.

Paul Dobbing works for a Christian charity in the capital Kathmandu. His wife, Jean, and daughter, Jennifer, fled the country just over a week ago following the first earthquake.

Mr Dobbing, whose flat in Nepal has been badly damaged, continued working at his local church. But following the second earthquake this week he has also been advised to return home to Scotland.

Mother's ordeal

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and it leads on a story about the death of an 18-day-old boy.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Travel latest

Patching work is scheduled today on the A701 near Lochthorn Library in Dumfries. That work expected to get underway at 09:30.

Elsewhere, traffic signals remain in use on the A76 at Enterkinfoot and on the A77 north of Cairnryan. No problems to report with rail services or Irish Sea ferry crossings.

Cloud increasing

BBC Scotland Weather


A chilly start to the day but dry with spells of sunshine.

During this morning cloud will start to increase from the west, with a freshening southerly wind. Outbreaks of rain will start to spread in during this afternoon.

As it moves eastwards it will become light and patchy, a little more persistent across western areas, especially near the west coast. Temperatures will reach 13 or 14 Celsius.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

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