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Live Reporting

Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

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  1. Post update

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    Well that's it from the first day of our trial South of Scotland live page service.

    We'll be back again tomorrow from 09:00 to 17:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

    Send your comments, stories and pictures to us at or

  2. Tune in

    Remember to tune in for the local bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries at 06:30, 07:30, 08:30, 12:30, 16:30 and 17:30, Monday to Friday.

    Radio desk
  3. Temperatures set to creep up

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Temperatures falling below freezing yet again in the south west, with clear skies and lows of around -3C.

    As a weather front pushes in from the west, temperatures will creep up by the end of the evening - clouding over and heavy spells of rain.

    Another cold night in the Borders with temperatures falling as low as -2C further inland.

  4. Route relief

    A temporary one-way system in Galashiels town centre to allow for the safe construction of the new railway station has been lifted in time for peak Christmas trade.

    Remaining works will be required on Ladhope Vale between 5 and 26 January.

    The one-way system will be reinstated at that time.

  5. Gibson signs

    Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press tweets: Willie Gibson signs for Stranraer F.C. until the end of the season.

  6. For sale: ambulance

    Galloway Mountain Rescue Team is selling its old ambulance, after it was replaced by a purpose built rescue vehicle last month.

    The team has used the Volkswagen Caravelle Synchro 4x4 LWB since it was donated by St John Scotland in 2001.

    Team spokesman Mike Kneeshaw said the specially-adapted vehicle has been "much appreciated by many rescued souls".

    With a price tag of around £7,200, he expects it to appeal to outdoor enthusiasts looking for a rugged camper van, or a vehicle recovery firm.

    Galloway mountain rescue ambulance
  7. A76 reopens

    Police report that the A76 south of Mennock in Dumfries and Galloway has reopened after the fatal road crash this morning.

  8. Get in touch

    If you have a news story or a picture you would like to see on the South of Scotland Live page, let us know.

    You can email or or tweet @BBCSouthScot using the #southscotlandlive hashtag.

  9. Meals offer

    Parents of primary one to three pupils in the Borders can sign their child up for a free school meal as part of a new Scottish government initiative.

    School meal

    The scheme will start with the new term on Tuesday 6 January.

  10. A76 crash victim identified

    Police Scotland have identified the woman killed in a crash involving a car and an ambulance on the A76 south of Mennock this morning.

    Crash scene

    Zoe Clark, 24, of Carronbridge, died as a result of the collision.

    Two ambulance crew and two other people in the ambulance were taken to Dumfries Infirmary for treatment.

  11. Too late for Annan

    Arbroath maintained their three-point lead at the top of League Two at the weekend but were made to sweat against Annan Athletic.

    Two late goals were not quite enough to turn things around for the Galabank side.

  12. South of Scotland Live - Your views

    W Thomas Little: Excellent idea - long overdue, especially at this time of year providing updates on roads, weather conditions etc.

    Murray Hughan: This is a great addition, and compliments Tweet service well. I can see it hosting short video or photo segments sent in by the public from mobile devices. Good for public service messages like travel and weather too.

    John Cameron: Good to have some local news/weather/travel without having to sift through national items. Keep it up.

  13. Housing approved

    Richard Gordon

    BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

    The go ahead has been given for 20 homes on land next to Horsburgh Ford Cottages near Cardrona in Peeblesshire.

  14. Vital Spark

    A Selkirk-based company has entered the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league as the highest placed Scots firm.

    Gas rings

    Spark Energy features in the table at number 23.

  15. Grit expectations

    Scottish Borders Council tweets: Our gritters have been out overnight and today, focussing on priority routes initially. More info about #gritting:

  16. 'Suspicious behaviour'

    Police are trying to trace a man in relation to some "suspicious behaviour" on a Houston's bus between Lockerbie Academy and Boreland just after 15:30 on Friday.

    He took photographs of two girls aged 13 and 17 and also filmed them on a handheld tablet.

    The man is said to be about 50 years old with dark brown hair, of medium build, and was wearing a black and red woolly patterned hat and had a black rucksack with him.

  17. Stranraer shine

    Craig Malcolm scored a double to stretch Stranraer's unbeaten run to 15 matches at the weekend.

    Their 2-0 win over Morton at Stair Park moves the Blues into third place above Jim Duffy's side who started the day in top spot.

  18. You do the Macmath

    There are plans to breathe new life into a collection of long-forgotten Scottish folk songs, discovered 10 years ago in Kirkcudbright.


    Compiled by Galloway-born William Macmath at the turn of the last century, the document has around 80 traditional musical arrangements.

    A group of local musicians are to record and perform songs from the collection.

  19. Feeling bitter

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A bright and sunny afternoon for many with showers confined to the Rhins of Galloway and over the Galloway hills.

    Despite any sunshine, it'll be cold with highs of 4 or 5 Celsius and feeling bitter in exposure to the fresh to strong north westerly wind.

    A cold but largely dry and bright afternoon across the Borders with some decent spells of sunshine.

  20. National triumph

    Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson was celebrating in the Scottish Borders National at Kelso on Sunday.

    Winning trainer

    Neptune Equester won with Derek Fox in the saddle and fellow Borders trainer Harriet Graham's Scotswell finished second for the second year in a row.

  21. Hard to digest

    Richard Gordon

    BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

    Councillors have voted 4-3 to refuse permission for an anaerobic digestion sustainable energy plant at Ravelaw Farm near Whitsome in Berwickshire.

    Planning officials had recommended approval but some members were concerned about possible odour nuisance for local residents.

  22. At the scene

    Willie Johnston

    BBC Scotland

    There have been a spate of crashes across Dumfries and Galloway this morning including the fatal accident near Enterkinfoot on the A76.

    Other incidents have been reported in Moffat, Canonbie and Annan due to difficult driving conditions.

    The fatal accident was a head-on collision between a car and an ambulance.

  23. Wind warning

    Met Office tweets: Yellow Alert of Wind for SW Scotland, Lothian Borders : Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlot...

  24. Flying high in Dubai

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    A sports fanatic from the Stewartry has finished 46th in the Flyboarding World Cup in Dubai.

    It is a great achievement for Sonnie Bean, 22, who only took up the dramatic sport about six months ago.

    Sonnie Bean flyboarding

    A flyboard is a type of water jet pack which propels the rider up to 15 metres into the air.

    He said he hopes to return to the event next year and he is aiming to finish in the top 20.

  25. Injury relief

    Annan Athletic tweets: Delighted & relieved to inform every1 that @davidhopkirk foot is not broken, just badly bruised. Still a sore one & hope it heals quickly.

  26. Tune in

    Don't forget to listen to our local radio bulletins throughout the day from our Dumfries and Selkirk offices.

    They are broadcast at 06:30, 07:30, 08:30, 12:30, 16:30 and 17:30 from Monday to Friday.

  27. A76 diversion

    Traffic Scotland tweets: Diversion due to closure of #A76 @ #Mennock - N/B #A702, #M74, #B7078, #A70. Reverse for S/B #planahead #takecare

  28. Galashiels crash

    All three emergency services are in attendance at a crash in central Galashiels.

    Two cars and a bus were involved in the accident at the junction of Tweed Road and Nether Road just before 09:30.

    Fire crews from Galashiels and Selkirk are cutting one of the drivers free from the wreckage.

  29. Credit for Queens

    "I would say Queens are the best away side we've had here at Tynecastle this season, so enormous credit to them."

    Queens v Hearts

    Hearts boss Robbie Nielson gives Queen of the South recognition after their weekend 4-1 defeat at Tynecastle.

  30. A76 crash update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    tweets: A76 RTC 2 ambulances/ car btwn A70 Holmhead and A702 Carronbridge. Originally reported as South of Sanquhar. Diversion is 50 miles long.

  31. Turbine expansion

    Councillors are to decide whether to allow plans to extend a wind farm in the Borders.


    Two community councils as well as walker and hill-runner organisations have objected to proposals to increase the size of the 11-turbine Glenkerie wind farm.

    But Scottish Borders Council officials have advised that there are no planning grounds to refuse the application.

  32. Mennock crash

    Traffic Scotland tweets: #A76 both ways @ #Mennock just south of #Sanquhar - closed due to RTC involving 3 vehicles. More details to follow.

  33. Beattock blast

    BBC Scotland Weather


    tweets: Wintry on higher parts of the #M74 this morning. This was the scene at Beattock in last 10mins. Via @trafficscotland

  34. Fatal crash

    Two people died in a crash on Friday involving car and a lorry on the A6105 Duns to Greenlaw road.

    The 24-year-old driver and a 23-year-old passenger of a Toyota Corolla car died at the scene of the smash less than a mile west of Duns.

  35. Winter chill

    BBC Scotland Weather


    In Dumfries and Galloway it will be a cold, windy morning with frequent showers at first - wintry on the hills and high road routes and the occasional rumble of thunder mixed in too. Icy in places.

    Through the course of the day, the showers become confined to the coast and a lot of dry and sunny weather develops.

    A cold but largely dry morning across the Borders.

    There's the risk of a few showers across more western areas and these continue to be wintry on hills and high road routes.

    Through the morning and day ahead, it's mostly dry and bright but cold with some decent spells of sunshine by the afternoon.

  36. Good morning

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    Welcome to a short trial of a new way of delivering all the news, sport, weather and travel from across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

    Let us know what you think at or or on Twitter via @BBCSouthScot with the hashtag #southscotlandlive.