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  1. Updates for Wednesday 27 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 28 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

It's looking pretty cold and wet out there as we sign off from another day's live coverage of events across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Join us tomorrow from 9am for more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

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HIV test kits welcomed



tweets: NHS Dumfries and Galloway welcomes the introduction of self-test kits for HIV

In his father's footsteps

Daily Record

Mark McGuigan will follow in his

father's footsteps after signing for Stranraer.

The 26-year-old, from Hairmyres, won the League Two title with Albion Rovers earlier this month but will now be playing against the Coatbridge side in League One next season after penning a deal with the Blues.

And the striker's career is mirroring that of his father Ian, who joined Stranraer from Albion Rovers in 1978 and went on to make 80 appearances during his four years at Stair Park.

Your views - Borders income rise

Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

People living in the Scottish Borders have seen the fastest rise in disposable incomes of anywhere in the UK, according to new figures.

Is that your experience?


tweets: in a word - no! No wage rises for several years and a low wage economy, don't know where they're getting those stats from :(


tweets: Don't know where those figures are made up! Definitely feeling worse off and jobs are hard to come by with very low wages too.

Increased spending power

People living in the Scottish Borders have seen

the fastest rise in disposable incomes of anywhere in the UK, according to new figures.

The Scottish Borders

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the highest level of income growth in 2013 was in rural areas, especially in Scotland.

Disposable incomes grew faster in the Borders, West Cumbria and the Western Isles than in Kensington and Chelsea.

But residents of central London remain easily the richest in the country.

Big puddles

BBC Scotland Weather


A wet end to the day with rain moving east. Expect spray on the roads with big puddles and poor visibility at times.

Clearer conditions and some bright spells should arrive across the west coast and Galloway before dusk - albeit with a further few showers.

This evening, the winds veer west to north westerly feeding in showers overnight. Lows around 5C to 7C.

Radio headlines

Tune into the local news on BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30, broadcast from our studios in Dumfries and Selkirk.

Here are some of the stories scheduled to feature in the bulletins.

  • A Stranraer teenager who suffers from a rare degenerative disease is vying to have a life-enhancing drug made available on the NHS.
  • A man and a woman are to stand trial on charges of sex trafficking and keeping a brothel, following a series of police raids in Scotland, including in Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Government regeneration cash will be used to help a Galashiels arts centre develop programmes and attract audiences.

MacMath: the Silent Page


Singer Emily Smith

tweets: Loved singing 'Macmath: the Silent Page' in Stranraer last night as part of @DGArtsFest. Onwards to @BuccleuchCentre in Langholm tonight.

Salmon sales leap

Scottish food exports reached £1.1bn for the first time last year,

according to new figures.


The Scottish government said a 3.5% rise in exports was largely driven by overseas sales of fish and seafood, which climbed by £38m to £613m.

'A degree of inevitability'

In a

statement Stranraer FC have said they are "naturally disappointed" to lose manager Stephen Aitken who helped make the Stair Park club "one of, if not the best, part-time club in the country".

Stranraer FC
Stranraer FC/ Twitter

They added: "Nevertheless, as an ambitious young manager we recognise that there was a degree of inevitability that Stephen would eventually be offered a challenge at a higher level that he would find too good to turn down and he has decided to take up the challenge with Dumbarton in the Championship.

"Stranraer Football club would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Stephen and his team for a memorable last couple of years or so and take this opportunity to wish him every success in his new venture and he moves on with our very best wishes as he furthers his career in the game."

They have invited applications for a successor from qualified applicants.

Aitken joins Sons


Dumbarton FC tweets: Sons management team pose for the press photographers as the #NewEra begins at DFC.

Stephen Aitken

'Top of our list'

Dumbarton's chief executive Gilbert Lawrie said they are delighted to have secured Stephen Aitken as their manager.

Stephen Aitken

He said: "He was top of our list to come to Dumbarton and he arrives at the club with a terrific reputation.

"We strongly believe Stephen has the qualities to help us build and develop for the future.

"We are grateful to the committee at Stranraer FC whose co-operation was well received."

Aitken leaves Stranraer

Dumbarton Football Club have announced the appointment of Stephen Aitken as their new manager.

He joins after a successful period as manager at Stranraer FC.

Stephen Aitken led Stranraer to second place in League One this season
SNS Group
Stephen Aitken led Stranraer to second place in League One this season

Aitken said: "It is a great honour to be manager of Dumbarton. I can't wait to get started and I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

Stephen was unveiled this afternoon at a press conference at the Dumbarton Football Stadium and starts his new job immediately.

'Sex trafficking' trial

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

A man and a woman are to stand trial on sex trafficking and brothel keeping charges.

They were detained after a series of police raids at addresses across Scotland including Dumfries and Galloway.

Eight alleged victims were rescued during the operation.

Jose Barbosa, 44, and Ana Calder, 35, appeared in private at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court. Neither made made any plea or declaration.

Path opened

A new link path connecting Blainslie to Lauder has been officially opened.

Path opening
Scottish Borders Council

The path has been funded by Scottish Borders Council, following a feasibility study in 2013 which identified the need to improve off road links between the Lauderdale communities.


Traffic Scotland


tweets: UPDATE 14:32 Traffic is now *open* on the #A74M N/B @ J14 Crawford. Helimed has left the scene. S/B remains *CLOSED* due to RTC.


Traffic Scotland


tweets: UPDATE 14:26 Traffic is being held on the #A74M N/B @ J14 Crawford while a Helimed attends to a multi-vehicle RTC. More info to follow.


Traffic Scotland


tweets: UPDATE 14:01 #A74M S/B J14 Crawford - The road is *CLOSED* due to a multi-vehicle RTC. Police directing traffic. Awaiting div route #BeAware


Traffic Scotland


tweets: #A74M S/B J14 Crawford - Reports of a multi-vehicle RTC. Awaiting more info so please #BeAware

Railway economics

Berwickshire News

A report on the economic benefits to the Borders from the construction of the new £354m railway linking Tweedbank to Edinburgh

is to be presented to councillors.

Learmonth's season underway

Berwickshire's Guy Learmonth began his outdoor track season last night in the Czech Republic.

The 21-year-old finished fifth in the 600 metres behind Adam Kszczot, of Poland, at the World Challenge meeting in Ostrava.

McShane heads north

The Standard's back page reports on Queen's star Ian McShane's move to Ross County.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
D&G Standard

Pupils' drug petition

A Stranraer Academy student has set up

a petition to ensure a life-enhancing drug is made available to a fellow pupil with an extremely rare disease.

Katie Milby, 13, has Morquio A, a degenerative syndrome which affects about 105 people in the UK.

It leads to the progressive deterioration of mobility, health and stamina.

Her friend Kyle Pirrie has started a petition seeking to see the medicine Vimizim made available on the NHS.

Roux 'adopts' Borders school

A Kelso primary school has become the first in the Borders to be adopted by chef Albert Roux through his Chefs Adopt a School initiative.

Albert Roux with two children

The national charity aims to make food fun, giving children a real culinary experience as they get hands-on in the kitchen with their skilled mentors.

Children at Sprouston Primary welcomed the chef to the school on Tuesday.

Mr Roux, who has recently launched a restaurant in the region, said: "It is a great opportunity for us to inspire the next generation of culinary talent in a region famous for its excellent local produce. "

Cloud thickening

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry start to the afternoon in the Borders.

Cloud will continue to thicken up from the west with patchy rain following on, the rain steadily becoming more widespread and persistent as we head towards evening.

A dull and wet look to this afternoon in Dumfries and Galloway as outbreaks of rain spread to all parts.

Temperatures still on the cool side with highs of around 12 celsius with an occasionally fresh southwesterly wind.

Radio Times

Tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 12:30 to hear the latest news from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders. Here is a summary of the top stories making the local bulletins.

  • Plans to modernise the overhead power line network across Dumfries and Galloway are to go to consultation.
  • Scottish Borders Council will tell the Boundary Commission that Hornshole should remain part of Hawick.
  • A Maori flag will go on display in Hawick museum before it returns to New Zealand for good.

Pensioners' charity to shut

A Borders charity which campaigned for the elderly is to close down.

Scottish Borders Elder Voice championed local over 50s from its offices in Galashiels by canvassing politicians and producing a popular monthly newsletter.

It is expected to close by the beginning of August, blaming the pressures of attracting funding and a lack of new volunteers for the decision.

'Peter Pan' book launched

A new children's book based on the childhood adventures of Peter Pan Author JM Barrie has been launched at the house and garden in Dumfries which inspired his famed novel.

Sixteen String Jack

Sixteen String Jack and the Garden of Adventure tells the tale of Daisy, whose grandmother takes her to an overgrown patch at Moat Brae where many years before the Gordon family played with a young James Barrie.

It was written by Tom Pow and illustrated by Ian Andrew, whose original artwork is on display at Moat Brae after being bought by the Trust which is working to turn the building into a national centre for children's literature.

Maori flag on display

A Maori war flag will be displayed in Hawick Museum for two days next month, before it goes back to New Zealand for good.

Maori war flag
Scottish Borders Council

The banner hasn't been exhibited and is in a fragile condition.

Councillors agreed in March it should be repatriated to Wairoa Museum who are currently trying to raise the money to bring it home.

Children's care report welcomed

Public agencies responsible for safeguarding youngsters in Dumfries and Galloway have welcomed a report which found that

weaknesses in local child care services have been tackled "quickly and constructively".

Children playing

Colin Grant, chairman of the Children's Services Executive Group, said, "We're all clear that we have much work still to do in order to deliver the best outcomes for all of our children. Nonetheless, this report reflects a major turnaround and I believe that frontline staff should be encouraged.

"There is a strong commitment to continue to develop our joint working and build on the effective improvement plan that was led by Patrick Shearer.

"The collaborative approach across our agencies needs now to ensure that children and families feel the impact of positive change."

Have your say: GP shortages



tweets: @BBCSouthScot gp shortages in dumfries and Galloway, why not provide them with free houses, new car. What an incentive to live in this area.

Funding for MacArts

Scottish government funding of £24,500 will be used to help a Galashiels arts centre develop programmes and attract audiences.

Some of the grant for MacArts will be used to fund vital administrations like a three-year business plan and health and safety policy, while some will help refurbish their back room.

But there will also be money to put together events to bring in visitors and generate a sustainable income.

The funding was announced yesterday during a visit to the centre by Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi.

'I don't know why we bother'

Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads with the story of a town orchard destroyed by vandals.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
D&G Standard

Hornshole 'tweak'

Scottish Borders Council is to "tweak" its

submission to the boundary commission to include the famous battle site at Hornshole in a Hawick ward.

Hornshole monument
Billy McCrorie

There had been local opposition and a petition launched to oppose the loss of the area as part of wider changes.

The local authority had initially accepted the historic site would move outside Hawick ward boundaries.

However, it has now decided to oppose the move in its submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission.

Richard Arkless, SNP MP for Dumfries and Galloway


Richard Arkless MP

tweets: Human Rights Act repeal now to only be a consultation. If true are we seeing the first effects of SNP MPs influence in Westminster? #the56

New power line plans

A major project has been unveiled to

modernise the overhead power line network stretching from Ayrshire across Dumfries and Galloway and into Cumbria.


Scottish Power Energy Networks says it needs to replace much of the ageing system with a new higher voltage line.

A document is being circulated to residents outlining the background to the project with a map of proposed pylons and sub-stations.

It comes ahead of a first round of public consultation on the plans.

Travel news

Traffic lights will be in use from 09:30 this morning for telecoms work on the A75 between Kildarroch and Crossroads at Newton Stewart.

On the same route stop/go boards are in operation at Creetown for lining work today.

And in Dumfries, resurfacing work is continuing today on Queen Street - with traffic diversions in place.