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  1. Updates for 9 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 12 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Thanks for your company at BBC South of Scotland Live this week. Stay warm and dry over the weekend and we'll be back at 9am on Monday with the latest, news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

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A windy night

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be a windy night, with heavy rain sweeping across the region through the early hours. Winds will strengthen to gale force again. The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning, expecting gusts of 60mph.

Driving conditions will be poor, particularly over higher level roads like the M74.

'Tremendous pressure'

Borders General Hospital's accident and emergency department has been under "tremendous pressure" over the festive period, according to NHS bosses.

Borders General Hospital
Walter Baxter

They say it continues to be "very busy" and they are urging people to consider which service is best for their illness or injury, as going to the emergency department might not be right course of action.

More information and guidance is available


A spokesman said: "Our staff continue to work exceptionally hard to care for our patients and we thank them for their tremendous dedication."

Solway Sharks

The Solway Sharks are at home to Sutton Sting tomorrow in the national ice hockey league, before they travel to face Peterborough Phantoms in the first leg of their cup tie on Sunday.

Edinburgh Capitals lost at home to Cardiff
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Local bulletins

For the very latest news from the south of Scotland, tune into the last local news bulletins of the week on BBC Radio Scotland FM at 16:30 and 17:30.


Met Office warning

A yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued by the Met Office for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

Weather map
Met Office

Heavy showers falling as snow at low levels are expected across the region from 06:00 on Saturday until 12:00 on Sunday.

Occasional accumulations of up to 4cm are likely, with more than 8cm on high ground.

A warning for winds of between 50-60mph has been issued for

later today.

Rangers on the road

Berwick Rangers will be aiming to push their way into the League 2 play-off places this weekend.

They travel to Clyde for a game which could help them to push clear of their opponents in the tight mid-table pack.

Quintinshill remembered

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has revealed the schedule of

World War One centenary commemorations to be held in Scotland this year.

Kim Traynor
An event is planned to mark the Quintinshill disaster in which more than 200 soldiers died

Activities are planned in Gretna, Leith, Stirling and Dundee.

A7 cleared

Traffic Scotland


tweets: A7 Selkirk(A708)-VMS B3(Sth of Gala) - Closure, All lanes closed Southbound for up to 30 minutes has been cleared. #TSIncident

Borders 'battered'

Berwickshire News

tweets: Gales batter the Borders: Winds of over 70mph battered the Borders and north Northumberland last night.

Borders gritting

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Gritters won't be out tonight as it's still mild (and windy). Temps set to drop overnight - priority routes will be treated at 6am #sbtravel

A7 accident update

Traffic Scotland


The A7 southbound, a mile south of Galashiels, is

partially blocked by an accident, according to Traffic Scotland.

The road is passable under police control.

Ski centre weathers storm

Lowther Hills Ski Club

tweets: The past 2 weeks' work strengthening the engine hut has paid off: it survived last night's hurricane gusts of 100mph.

Ski club engine hut
Lowther Hills Ski Club

Jedburgh fraud

A number of shops in Jedburgh have been targeted by a "ringing the changes" fraud, police say.

Jedburgh high street
Liz 'n' Jim

Two men of Asian appearance asked for £200 to be changed from £20 notes into £10 notes on Thursday afternoon.

They attempted to confuse the shop assistants into returning more money than originally tendered.

Police said the shops refused the request.

Rail problems


tweets: Only a small number of services running at the moment. Please remember to check for info on your route. #scotstorm

A7 accident

Traffic Scotland

tweets: #A7 South of #Galashiels - there's been an RTC. Police en-route. More info to follow #TakeCare #BeAware

Annan aim to bounce back

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

After their disappointing result against Albion Rovers last week, Annan boss Jim Chapman will be looking for a vastly improved performance from his side tomorrow.

Bottom club Elgin City visit Galabank and he will be keen to get a home win to keep play-off hopes alive.

Kelso cold callers

Police in the Borders have issued a warning about cold callers after a Kelso householder was targeted.


Two men called at the house at 4pm yesterday claiming they were from British Gas and wanted to fit a smart meter.

A police spokesman said: "The homeowner didn't open the door and contacted British Gas who stated that the phone number provided by the two males didn't relate to British Gas."

They left in a dark green vehicle, which was possibly an estate car with a square back.

Traffic Scotland

tweets: M74 Junction 12-16 - Weather, Drivers are advised to exercise caution due to surface water causing... #TSIncident

Stranraer FC

tweets: Stranraer FC have signed striker Jon McShane on loan from East Fife til the end of the season. Welcome Jon! #newblue

Jon McShane
Stranraer FC

Table-top clash

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

There's a top of the table clash at Stair Park tomorrow, when leaders Stranraer host second placed Forfar Athletic.

Stranraer manager Stephen Aitken

As he looks forward to the game, Blues boss Stephen Aitken admits many will be surprised that it's these two sides who occupy the league positions.

"There are two full-time teams, Morton and Dunfermline, and people expected them to go on and win the league," he said.

"But Forfar have Dick Campbell, an experienced manager, it will be difficult.

"They got a disappointing result against Brechin, so I am sure they will come down here trying to put that right."

War hero dies

Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

A Selkirk war veteran

has died just a month after Russia awarded him the Ushakov Medal for bravery in defending Arctic convoys during World War Two.

Bill Laing
Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

The Reverend Bill Laing, 92, died suddenly in his Selkirk manse, where he had lived with his wife, Shelia, since 1963.

A former Church of Scotland minister, he began his career as a navigator with the Royal Navy in 1941.

He helped shepherd the Arctic convoys of supply ships from the UK to the USSR in 1944, and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for sinking a Nazi U-boat.

Annan 'bomb' scare

Part of Annan town centre was sealed off for almost five hours last night, following the

discovery of a suspicious package.

Fraser Waddell

A total of 35 people were evacuated from nearby homes and the Queensbury Arms Hotel in the High Street as a precaution.

Fire fighters were on standby at the scene and army bomb disposal officers were call in.

The package was later found to pose no risk to the public. Police say inquiries into the incident are continuing.

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Park progress

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Work on a a new bandstand for Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick continues this month, ahead of its expected completion in April.

Wilton Lodge Park
Mark Hope

It is part of a £3.64m regeneration of the 107 acre public space.

Landscaping works and improvements to the walled garden are also being undertaken.

And building work on a new cafe is expected to get underway in the summer.

School closed

Galloway Gazette

tweets: Drummore Primary has been closed for the day due to having no power.

Rain sweeps in

BBC Scotland Weather


Heavy rain has already start to arrive in Dumfries and Galloway. It will start in the Borders this afternoon and it's expected to last for the rest of the day.

Winds also increase again after lunch from the south west - gusting to gale force. Through the afternoon, the temperature will rise markedly, with the thermometer climbing to around 11 or 12 Celsius towards Stranraer as we reach dusk.

'Massive' matches

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South travel to Raith Rovers tomorrow, looking to extend their advantage over the Kirkcaldy side.

Derek Lyle scores for Queen of the South against Livingston

Striker Derek Lyle knows this game and next week's match at Falkirk are crucial in their push to make the play-offs.

"Hopefully in the next two games we can still be sitting fourth or third in the league and that is where we want to be," he said.

"They will be looking to get into the play-offs like us and Falkirk.

"But I think we've got a good squad and good, good boys in the dressing room - we are all together - so hopefully we can keep on going and get there."

Radio news bulletin

Tune into BBC Radio Scotland at noon for the latest international, national and local news.

radio desk

Tremendous card

Kelso's first Veteran's Chase will be staged this Sunday and it has attracted a tremendous entry of 20 horses.

Kelso racecourse
Walter Baxter

Racing starts at the Borders track at 12:40.

Fell runner rescued

A fell runner and his dog have been

rescued from the Galloway hills after becoming disorientated with stormy weather closing in.

Search scene
Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

Galloway Mountain Rescue Team (GMRT) was called out to the incident on the Merrick at about 15:20 on Thursday.

School closure

Brydekirk Primary near Annan is closed today due to a lack of power in the village.

Brydekirk Primary School
Richard Dorrell

Dumfries and Galloway Council said it will reopen at 08:30 on Monday.

Borders rugby action

The BT Premiership campaign resumes for Borders side Gala this weekend and they will be looking to turn around their poor form on an away trip to Stirling County.

Rugby ball

Melrose are also on the road as they visit Currie. And Hawick welcome Glasgow Hawks to Mansfield Park.

Selkirk, still setting the pace in National League One, travel to Watsonians. Jed-Forest, who triumphed 88-0 against Hillhead-Jordanhill last weekend, face a tougher task as they visit Stewart's-Melville.

Peebles welcome GHA to the Gytes whilst Kelso travel to play Dundee High School.

Peeblesshire News

The Peeblesshire News is out this morning, with a front page story about Borders council chiefs.

Peebsleshire News
Peebleshire News

Millar snapped up

BBC Sport


Queen of the South

have completed a deal for Mark Millar that will keep the midfielder at Palmerston Park until the end of the season.

Mark Millar has signed for Queen of the South

The 26-year-old former Dundee United and Falkirk player arrives from Peterhead, having played 11 games for the League One side.

He replaces Mark Kerr, who was allowed to join Championship rivals Falkirk.

Borders escapes disruption

The Borders appears to have escaped the worst effects of last night's stormy weather .

Earlston High School in the Borders has been closed for the day, due to a power failure.

Earlier some roads were closed at Stow, Romanno Bridge, Clovenfords and West Linton, due to fallen trees but they have no been cleared.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and it leads on a story about beleaguered leisure centre DG One.

D&G Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Travel news

Scotrail earlier suspended all domestic train services on safety grounds. Some services are now running but passengers should check ahead.

Irish Sea Ferry operators are also urging passengers to check ahead.

And motorists are being urged to take extra care, with a risk of fallen trees, branches and other debris being blown onto the roads.

Bus operator Stagecoach is also warning of potential delays to its services because of the conditions.

Lane one of the M74 northbound between Beattoock and Paddy's Rickle Bridge is closed because of a damaged lorry. A tree has been blown over on the B725 near Hoddom.

A dry morning

BBC Scotland Weather


It will be a dry morning across the south of Scotland - but it doesn't last. Heavy rain will arrive in Dumfries and Galloway by late morning and in the Borders by early to mid afternoon.

Winds also increase again after lunch from the south west - gusting gale force. Through the afternoon, the temperature will also rise markedly, with the thermometer climbing to around 11 or 12 celsius as we reach dusk.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning from a blowy Dumfries. We'll be here until 5pm to bring you the all-important weather and travel updates, as well as the latest news, from across the south of Scotland.

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