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  1. Updates for Thursday 15 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 16 January 2015

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

That's it for a wet and windy day in the south of Scotland.

Tune in for our radio bulletins at 17:30 and then tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Email your stories, pictures and views on this service to or

Gritters out

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Our gritters will be out to presalt all routes from 6pm this evening and will monitor conditions first thing tomorrow #sbctravel

More snow due

Lowther Hills Ski Club

tweets: View of Lowther Hill from Wanlockhead today. More snow on the way. Members will receive an update by email on Friday.

Lowther Hill
Lowther Hills Ski Club

Wet and windy evening

BBC Scotland Weather


In the south west it will be wet and windy this evening, with gusts of 60mph or more along the Galloway coast.

Overnight there will be some drier, clearer spells but also increasingly wintry showers and a risk of ice

Snow will settle above about 150m, and the very strong winds will lead to drifting on high ground, and difficult conditions over higher level routes.

In the Borders, rain will pull away southwards this evening, leaving clear spells, a risk of ice, and a scattering of increasingly wintry showers. Winds will be gale force for a time, easing back towards morning.

Temperatures will be about freezing across the region.

Portpatrick storm

via Facebook

Portpatrick Lifeboat have shared a photograph on Facebook of a very stormy Portpatrick, which is feeling the full force of today's weather.

Portpatrick lifeboat

Ice attraction

Tickets have gone on sale for the Women's World Championship (Division 2) ice hockey in Dumfries.

Ice hockey

The six-team tournament runs from 30 March to 5 April.

Radio bulletins

For a full round up of how the weather is affecting our region, tune into BBC Radio Scotland for the local news bulletins at 16:30 and 17:30.


The latest news, sport, weather and travel will also be broadcast from our studios in Dumfries and Selkirk at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow.

Power cuts

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

Around 2,000 properties are without electricity in Dumfries and Galloway, according to Scottish Power.

Homes in the Stewartry and Wigtownshire are worst affected as the region is hit by stormy weather.

World Hurdle bid prepared

Borders trainer Sandy Thomson has revealed his build-up plans for Seeyouatmidnight ahead of Cheltenham.

"The plan at the moment is to go to the Morebattle Hurdle (at Kelso on 12 February) or the Rendlesham Hurdle (14 February) and then go on to the World Hurdle.

"He is not a flashy work horse.

"He just works away, albeit quite nicely, and we knew when he won at Hexham that we might have something quite good."

M74 slip road re-opens

Traffic Scotland


tweets: #A74(M) S/B @ J20 Eaglesfield, the on-slip is now *open* & overturned lorry has been recovered. #BeAware & PLEASE #SlowDown

Wind repairs

BT Scotland

tweets: Here's a photo of a pole brought down by wind near Duns - Scottish Borders. All customers reconnected quickly.

Poles down
BT Scotland

Inquiry delayed

An inquiry into the death of a cyclist who fell off her bike while delivering phone books in Dumfries

has been delayed until May.

Dumfries Sheriff Court

Sheila Hyslop, 50, died of her injuries four days after the fall on Albert Road in Dumfries in March last year.

Nithsdale Police

tweets: Assisted @scotfire_west to close English Street, Dumfries while they removed a loose roof tile.

Roads closed

A number of minor roads are reported to have been shut due to the bad weather in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Drummore area has been worst affected but problems are also being experienced at Gatehouse-of-Fleet.

Winds close Caerlaverock

WWT Caerlaverock

tweets: For the safety of all visitors WWT Caerlaverock will now be closed until the end of the day due to strong winds.

Overturned lorry

Traffic Scotland


tweets: #A74(M) S/B @ J20 Eaglesfield, the on-slip is closed due to overturned lorry. Police there. #BeAware & PLEASE #SlowDown

Mini massage

Border Telegraph

Children have been

enjoying a massage during lessons at a Peebles nursery.

Teacher Diane Allanson believes it is already helping the youngsters at Priorsford Primary School Nursery to concentrate in class.

Carsphairn flooding

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

Eight homes in Carsphairn were evacuated last night, when the village was hit by serious flooding.

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 23:30 yesterday following heavy rain and high winds.

Crews isolated electrical supplies before working for several hours to pump about six inches of flood water from each property.

Ferry cancelled

The 15:30 StenaLine sailing from Cairnryan to Belfast has been cancelled due to adverse weather.

Later sailings at 19:30 and 23:30 are also in doubt.

Building repairs

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Advice on building repairs is available today in Selkirk - drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm

School closed

Borgue Primary has been closed due to extremely high winds, a power cut and door safety, Dumfries and Galloway Council has said.

It is due to reopen at 9am tomorrow.

Met Office warning

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow and ice in south-west Scotland.

winter car

From the early hours of tomorrow, snow accumulations are likely to mount up on hills.

There will be smaller accumulations at lower levels, away from immediate coasts. Ice will be an additional hazard on untreated surfaces.

They warned that there may be travel disruption.

Part 'did not fall' from turbine

A component found near a Scottish Borders wind farm

did not fall from its turbine, investigations have revealed.

wind turbine component
Graeme Steel

EDF Energy Renewables shut down its Longpark site near Stow this week after the discovery of the three-metre piece of fibreglass.

However, it has now emerged that the "spoiler" was being stored at ground level.

Maintenance work was being carried out and a number of them had been detached.

Whitesands re-opens

The Whitesands has been opened to traffic following flooding this morning, according to Police Scotland.

They are warning that further flooding may occur later this afternoon and more road closures are expected at around 5pm.

The car parks will remain closed.

Rasen hopes

Hawick jockeys Wilson Renwick and Kieron Edgar look to add to their winners totals at Market Rasen this afternoon.

Market Rasen
John Firth

Renwick is aboard Bertie Moon in the 13:10 race and Roxyfet in the 14:50.

Edgar rides Himalayan Peak in the opener and Wayward Frolic in the John Deere Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

Gale force gusts

BBC Scotland Weather


A very windy afternoon with gale force gusts from the south.

A dry start to the afternoon, but turning wet later as rain moves in from the north.

This could give a spell of snow across the highest hills but rain to lower levels.

A cold afternoon with temperatures around 4 or 5 degrees.

Power problems affect region

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

Hundred of properties in mainly coastal areas in the region are without power.

Scottish Power say they hope to have them back on by mid afternoon or early evening.

The areas affected include Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Newton Stewart and Portpatrick.

Flooding impact

Have you been affected by the heavy downpours and flooding which have hit southern Scotland?

If so, send your stories and images to or

More wind problems

Scottish Power Energy Networks

tweets: Strong winds in #Dumfries are impacting efforts to work at height, we have additional resource ready to commence work when winds subside.

Power cuts

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: A number of properties across D&G are currently without power. Scottish Power are working to restore power supplies as soon as possible.

Tool thefts appeal

A number of tools have been stolen during a series of thefts from the Eaglesfield area.


They were taken from vans which were parked and unattended outside their owners' homes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A number of similar thefts have occurred across Dumfries and Galloway.

Police have urged anyone who spots any suspicious activity to report it immediately.

Selkirk library refurbishment

Selkirk library is to close for seven weeks from 9 February, for refurbishment and reorganisation.


A mobile library will be set up outside the Victoria Hall.

A full service will be available at libraries in Galashiels, Melrose and the computer suite at Philiphaugh community school during the closure.

Bus changes

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: Alternative bus arrangements have been put in place in Dumfries as a result of flooding.

Restaurant boss guilty

A Dumfries restaurateur has been found guilty of

sexually assaulting four former waitresses.


Robert McAleese, 38, who runs Little Italy, was placed on the sex offenders' register following the verdict at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

R&D Construction petition

The Scottish Parliament will be urged to investigate

a multi-million housing and repairs contract awarded to a Dumfries firm which subsequently went bust.


Building company R&D Construction won the £77m Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership contract in April 2009.

The firm went into administration in April 2011, forcing more than 200 workers into redundancy.

Dumfries Trades Union Council (TUC) will launch a petition on Monday.

Selkirk Baxters plans

Permission has been granted for an agricultural merchants to move into the former Baxters building near Selkirk.

Walter Baxter

Community leaders had criticised the plans by Carrs Billington to convert the former visitor centre and cafe into a farm supply outlet.

But change of use permission has been granted by Scottish Borders Council.

Carrs Billington will move its current operation in Selkirk to the new premises later this year.

The Southern Reporter

The Southern Reporter leads with news that a Kelso solicitors has had its control and management taken over by the Law Society of Scotland.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Galloway News

Today's Galloway News leads with a story about a Crossmichael woman, who feared her wedding singer would cancel her booking after she saw him perform on BBC One talent show The Voice.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Catstrand flooded

A New Galloway arts venue has suffered a major flooding following a night of "unprecedented rainfall".

Billy McCrorie

The CatStrand has lost power and all scheduled and activities have been cancelled in the meantime.