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  1. Updates for Monday 18 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 19 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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tweets: Blues favourite @andra_stirling has returned to the club after a season away. Welcome back Andy! #magic

Andrew Stirling
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Threat to Cree Bridge

Galloway Gazette

The "alarming situation" of hundreds of artic lorries coming though Newton Stewart and over the "iconic" Cree Bridge through the night is of

grave concern to members of Cree Valley Community Council.

The members heard that Scotland TranServ are planning to shut the By-Pass Bridge to traffic from 8pm to 6am to continue resurfacing the road and waterproofing the bridge, meaning the town will have to take a substantial increase in traffic as drivers head to and from the two ferry ports at Cairnryan.

Fancy a brew?

Dresses made entirely from teabag paper are among the attractions at this year's

Spring Fling festival in Dumfries and Galloway.

Megan Giblin (17), from Auchencairn, who has recently completed training to become a lifeguard, and Rachel Shnapp (18), from Moniaive, who is studying English and philosophy at Glasgow University, model the teabag dresses
Colin Hattersley

A total of 94 studios across the region will take part in the open studios event on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The dresses, made by Isabell Buenz, will be on display with shoes, accessories and flowers which have also been made from paper, at The Aquarium in Gatehouse of Fleet and nearby Cally Gardens.

A bright evening

BBC Scotland Weather


A bright evening with some sunshine. Still a few showers around initially, however they will retreat and become confined to coastal parts of Galloway.

Dry overnight for most with lengthy clear spells. A cold night with temperatures falling to around freezing for many, this will lead to a touch of frost in shelter. Closer to 4C in coastal areas.

Holt leaves Queens

BBC Sport


Dundee have signed

Queen of the South left-back Kevin Holt on a pre-contract.

Kevin Holt (right) battles with Rangers' Nicky Law during Queen of the South's 1-1 draw at Ibrox on Sunday
Kevin Holt (right) battles with Rangers' Nicky Law during Queen of the South's 1-1 draw at Ibrox on Sunday

The 22-year-old will join the club on 1 July after agreeing a three-year deal.

Radio Times

Remember to tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 for the very latest news, sport and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

We'll be back with more tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30, 08:30.

Hawick's boy racer fears

Hawick News

Boy racers who are using the

Common Haugh as a race track could be putting the camper van initiative at risk.

Monday night's Community Council meeting heard that vanners who visited the town recently had their stay blighted by the young drivers and when they contacted the police they were told no one was available to attend the scene but were advised to collect registration numbers.

And this, according to council chairperson Marion Short, isn't good enough.

Nature at night

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

A Castle Douglas firm is believed to be the first in the country to offer nocturnal wildlife tours.

Bird shown in night vision
Nocturnal Wildlife Tours

Two keen naturalists are using the latest thermal imaging cameras to give people a glimpse of animals they might not otherwise see.

Watch the full report


Duns promotion agony

There was agony for Duns FC at the weekend, as they missed out on promotion from the East of Scotland First Division.


Carl Hudson's team beat Ormiston 4-2, but Heriot-Watt's late goal at Eyemouth United to win 3-2 denied Duns a top two finish by a single point.

The champions Peebles Rovers were held to a goalless draw at Burntisland.

Kelso United beat Hawick Royal Albert 2-1 to leapfrog the Woodside Park visitors and leave them bottom of the table.

Holt to Dundee


Dumfries and Galloway Standard reporter Andrew McNair

tweets: Queen of the South's impressive left back Kevin Holt will join Dundee on a three year deal according to Premiership club.

'The man to beat'

Sir Jackie Stewart has recalled how Jim Clark was "the man to beat" when he started his own Formula One career 50 years ago.

McNish and Sir Jackie
Allan McNish and Sir Jackie Stewart were in Duns for the event in tribute to Jim Clark

He was in the Borders at the weekend at an

event celebrating the Berwickshire farmer's achievements.

Sir Jackie said Clark had been a "very good friend" and would have been his second son's godfather but for the crash which claimed his life in 1968.

Fellow motor racer Allan McNish was also in Duns for the event.

Planned A75 closure

One of the region's main trunk roads will be closed at Dumfries next weekend.

The A75 will be shut between the Edinburgh Road roundabout and the Lockerbie Road roundabout from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday, for road improvement works.

Scotland TranServ will carry out more than £330,000 worth of work on the road, replacing and improving its surface.

Contract director Gordon Wilson said: "This vital improvement scheme will not only improve the road surface but also ensure Dumfries and Galloway's roads are in optimum condition ahead of the busy tourist season."

Kings of Sevens

The Kings of the Sevens series came to a climax at the customary end of season event at the weekend: the Jed-forest Sevens at Riverside Park.


And it was Jed who won their own tournament, beating already crowned champions Gala in the semi-final and then Hawick in the final, 21-17.

Jed-forest take second place, behind Gala, in the Kings of the Sevens table.

Police search 'shotgun' man

Police want to trace a man seen with a shotgun close to Lockerbie yesterday.

A police helicopter, an armed response vehicle and local officers searched the area after a motorist reported seeing the man near Corrielaw Lodge just after 10:00.

Superintendent Steven Lowther said "We have not yet traced anyone and I would ask that anyone who may have been on this road around 10:00 hours yesterday to get in touch if they can help identify him.

"I would also ask that the man himself comes forward and identifies himself to the police in order to provide an explanation as to the circumstances."

Football cup ties

Gretna lost 3-1 to East Kilbride in the final of the Lowland League Cup at Galashiels.

Mid Annandale booked their place in the final of the Potts Cup with a shock 6-2 win in extra time over league champions Wigtown. Newton Stewart beat Edusport Academy in the other semi-final.

In the South League, Creetown were 4-2 winners against Fleet Star.

Billboard award for DJ

DJ Calvin Harris, who grew up in Dumfries before achieving world-wide stardom, has scooped a prestigious music award.

Calvin Harris

The musician was named top dance/electronic artist at the Billboard Music Awards.

Earlier this year, he was

named on the Sunday Times Rich List of musicians for the first time.

Taylor Swift, who is rumoured to be dating the former Dumfries High School student,

took eight of the 14 awards for which she was nominated.

'Impressive win'

In cricket. Dumfries secured an impressive win over reigning Premier Division champions Ayr at Nunholm. The home side scored 199 for 6, before bowling out their visitors for 172 runs.

In the reserve league, Nunholm lost out to Whitehaugh by six wickets.

In the First Division, St Michael's match away to Weirs was abandoned, while in the reserves, Kingholm beat Weirs by 20 runs.

And in the Second Division, Galloway lost by three wickets at Helensburgh, while Langholm won by five wickets away to Threlkeld in the Eden Valley League.

Soldiers 'probably' shot

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

A senior retired army officer has said

some soldiers were "probably" shot in mercy killings after Britain's deadliest rail disaster, 100 years ago during World War One.

Dumfries and Galloway Libraries
More than 200 people died in the crash near Gretna a century ago

The crash, at Quintinshill near Gretna, involved a military train filled with troops - most of them from Leith - two passenger trains and two goods trains.

It claimed an estimated 228 lives and left hundreds more injured.

Opposition to factory plans

Community leaders in Selkirk have opposed plans by a local factory to take over a former furniture superstore.

Co-op store
Walter Baxter

Oregon Timber Frame Ltd, which builds housing frames at a plant in Dunsdale Road,

wants to expand into the nearby Co-op NGT building.

But local councillor Gordon Edgar believes it will impact on neighbouring retail outlets, Carrs Billington and Leading Labels, and he said it could spell the end of the retail park.

Community councillor Ian King has also voiced his concerns.

Drop in benefits claimants

The number of people in the Borders claiming Job Seekers Allowance fell last month.

Job Centre Plus

A total of 1,138 people were out of work and claiming benefit in April - 76 fewer than in March.

The figure marks a drop of 30% on April last year.

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Death of Dumfries businessman

Dumfries businessman Douglas Barbour has died after a long illness.

Barbours department store was founded by the businessman's great-grandfather

The 88-year-old was associated with the family business store Barbours which was founded by his great-grandfather.

Mr Barbour, who was a keen rugby enthusiast, led the town's traditional Guid Nychburris celebrations as Cornet in 1950.

Slow-moving showers

BBC Scotland Weather


Skies will brighten across the region this afternoon, allowing some sunny spells to break through.

However, heavy showers will follow into many parts as the afternoon goes on. They'll be slow-moving, bringing a risk of hail and thunder and even some localised flooding.

South-westerly winds will be light. Temperatures will reach around 12C.

Tune in

Don't forget to tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 12:30 for the very latest news and sport, broadcast from our studios in Selkirk and Dumfries.

Cars vandalised

Three cars have been vandalised in Dumfries, Police Scotland have said.


About £800 worth of damage was caused to a grey Mazda 3 which was parked outside a house in Summerville Crescent on Thursday night or Friday morning.

A silver Nissan Micra suffered £1,000 worth of damage when it was parked outside a house in Aldermanhill Road between 17:00 on Friday and 14:00 on Saturday. Police want to trace a number of people who appeared to cause a disturbance in the area between 02:00 and 03:00 on Saturday.

Overnight on Friday or Saturday, a silver Skoda Fabia was vandalised while it was parked in Glebe Street. Police said a disturbance was heard in the street at about 02:30 hours on Saturday, near where the car was parked.

Living wage employers

Only 10 of the 50 biggest employers in Scotland said they pay all staff working for them the living wage,

according to a BBC investigation.

living wage

The living wage is a voluntary hourly rate that is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.

At £7.85 an hour, it is 21% higher than the legally-set minimum wage of £6.50.

The BBC research also showed that most Scottish Premiership football clubs were paying some of their off-pitch staff less than the living wage.

'Fantastic season'


Queen of the South's Gavin Reilly has taken to

Twitter this morning, after yesterday's play-off disappointment at Ibrox.

Marius Zaliukas and Gavin Reilly
Jeff Holmes
Rangers' Marius Zaliukas and Gavin Reilly (L) battled for the ball in the first leg of the play-off at Palmerston

In a series of posts on the social networking site, he said: "It's been a long night. Still haven't gathered the strength to watch it over again but suppose I'll have to at some point.

"Lads have gave their all, all season but just fell short yesterday. For a club of Queens size in a such a competitive league it's been a fantastic season and we deserve all the credit we have been given throughout the season.

"It's been a privilege to play this season with such a great bunch of lads. Also thanks to all the supporters. Home & away yous have been fantastic. Really appreciate it. Hope everyone enjoys their summer."

Award triumph for Calvin Harris


Dumfries-born DJ Calvin Harris

tweets: Wow I won top dance/electronic artist at Billboard Awards thank you!!!!!!!

'A big ask'

Queen's goal-scorer Derek Lyle paid tribute to his team-mates following yesterday's clash against Rangers.

Derek Lyle headed Queen of the South into a first half lead and level on aggregate
Derek Lyle headed Queen of the South into a first half lead and level on aggregate

He said: "It was always going to be a big ask. Rangers were always going to come out flying and that was the case with the crowd behind them, it was a great atmosphere.

"I thought the boys battled well. It was an uphill task but I think we've done well."

St Abbs crew back to work

The crew of the closure-threatened St Abbs lifeboat station in the Borders have

agreed to take back their emergency pagers and respond to RNLI call outs.

St Abbs lifeboat
RNLI/Richard Smith

The volunteers were angry at the RNLI's decision to shut down the station later this year.

They had said they would no longer use the lifeboat to respond to emergencies, and would instead use their own boats.

But the crew agreed to take back their pagers at a meeting on Friday night.

On the right track

A couple who met while helping to publicise the Borders railway have given

their daughter a name inspired by the landmark project.

Odell-May Waverley Black
Peter Devlin
Natasha and Daniel said the name had a "nice ring" but also had "real meaning" for them

Odell-May Waverley Black's middle name is a tribute to the old name of the Borders to Edinburgh line.

Her parents, Natasha and Daniel, met while giving out leaflets about the scheme seven years ago.

The new line between Tweedbank and the capital is set to open on 5 September this year.

Kelpies in Kelso

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: The Kelpies will be leaving Kelso Square at 11am this morning after attracting a lot of attention over the weekend -

Kelpies in Kelso

Fowler proud of team

BBC Sport


Queen of the South manager James Fowler paid

tribute to his side for standing up to Rangers in their 1-1 play-off draw at Ibrox.

Queen of the South manager James Fowler

Derek Lyle headed the Doonhamers in front in the first half to level the tie at 2-2, but Lee Wallace found a second half goal to put Rangers through to the Scottish Premiership play-off semi-final.

"The players were excellent. When Rangers had us under the cosh, we stood up," Fowler told BBC Scotland.

"We tweaked the shape and the players take on everything you ask of them and towards the end they were really unfortunate not to get another goal."

Play-off disappointment

BBC Sport


Queen of the South's promotion dream is over, after they drew 1-1 against Rangers at Ibrox yesterday.

However the Dumfries side won plaudits for their battling performance over the two legs of the play-off. They lost 3-2 on aggregate.

Read the full match report


Lee Wallace drew Rangers level at Ibrox, 3-2 ahead in the tie
Lee Wallace drew Rangers level at Ibrox, 3-2 ahead in the tie

'Shotgun' man search

Police in the Borders are trying to

trace a man seen carrying what appeared to be a shotgun in woods near Melrose.


An armed response team and dog handlers were sent to the town at about 12:45 on Friday after he was spotted in woods behind Harleyburn Court.

Insp John Scott said it was "not clear" what the man had been doing but they were concerned by the reports.

He said there might be a "reasonable explanation" and they were keen to speak to him.

Wind farm appeal lost

A developer has

lost an appeal against a decision to refuse permission for a controversial wind farm.

Science Photo Library

Both Dumfries and Galloway Council and a Scottish government reporter rejected the plan to build 11 turbines on land north-east of St John's Town of Dalry.

However 2020 Renewables lodged a legal challenge at Scotland's highest civil court to the reporter's decision.

At the Court of Session,

Lord Menzie, Lord Bracadale and Lord Malcolm refused the appeal.

Travel news

Traffic controls remain in use on the A76 at Enterkinfoot and the A77 north of Cairnryan.

From 09:30, three-way signals will be in use on the A701 at the Ae Village junction.

And in Dumfries, there will be potential peak time delays through temporary traffic lights on the Moffat Road near to the roundabout onto the Edinburgh Road.

A wet start

BBC Scotland Weather


It's a wet start across the south-west, with poor conditions on the roads due to surface water and spray. Rain will clear eastwards during the morning, allowing sunny spells.

It'll be a cloudy morning across the Borders with outbreaks of rain.

Across the south of Scotland this afternoon, there will be heavy showers, bringing a risk of hail and thunder. South-westerly winds will be light. Temperatures will reach around 13C.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

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