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  1. Updates for Tuesday 10 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday 11 February

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    It's been another busy news day in the south of Scotland but that's it for our live page for today. We'll be back at 9am tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

  2. A little cooler

    BBC Scotland Weather


    This evening and tonight, there's not much change.

    It remains largely cloudy and dry. Some fog may develop over the high ground.

    Lows of around 3 celsius so a little cooler than last night. Winds will be light, from the south west.

  3. Jacket raid plea renewed

    Police in Hawick are making a fresh appeal for information following a robbery at the Johnston's of Elgin mill shop on Mansfield Road around 2.30am last Thursday, 5 February.

    Initial reports were that 11 Barbour jackets worth about £2,000 had been taken.

    Further enquiries have identified several other items were stolen at the time, including a variety of men's outdoor jackets made by Polarquilt, Beaufort and Corbridge.

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    Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

    @leonmccarron tweets: Winter #running is hard to beat- beautifully inviting trails here in the Scottish Borders...

    Winter trail
  5. Bulletin time

    Tune in again at 16:30 and 17:30 for our radio bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries.

    All the latest news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders coming up.

  6. Hockey launch

    More from the launch of the women's world championship ice hockey tournament countdown earlier today.

    Ice hockey

    GB ladies will be in action at the event at Dumfries Ice Bowl from 30 March to 5 April.

  7. Get involved

    Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

    @altar1306tweets: fun in Castle Street - thanks to all supporters and the media but mostly St Michaels P5! @FionaHyslop @BBCSouthScot

    Robert the Bruce
  8. Arts boost

    A total of 19 projects from across Dumfries and Galloway are set to share £110,000 from the Regional Arts Fund.

    Arts event

    More than 30 applications were made to the fund which is jointly financed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and Creative Scotland through the Place Partnership.

  9. Exhibit appeal

    The organisers of an exhibition on Kelso in World War One are appealing for artefacts.

    The exhibition during Kelso Civic Week in July will focus on Life at the Front - including the Battle of Gallipoli, the Home Front and the impact on the whole community.

  10. Get the app

    You can now read all the stories from the South of Scotland on the new BBC news app.

    App screen

    Download it and you can also follow our live page when you are away from your desk.

  11. Privacy protection


    Scottish Borders Council

    tweets: Did you know it's Safer Internet Day today? Find out how to keep safe and protect your privacy online #SID2015

  12. Student had indecent images

    A university student who had about 50,000 indecent images of children on his computer has been put on the sex offenders register.

    They were found following a search of a property in Fountainhall, Selkirkshire, last May, by Police Scotland's cyber crime unit.

    The images were discovered on a hard drive removed from the house.

    At Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Heriot-Watt student Christopher Murdanaigum, 25, admitted the offence.

  13. Council vote

    An election will be held for the Denholm and District Community Council on Wednesday 18 February.

    A total of 12 candidates are standing for the 10 seats on the community council.


    The vote will take place in Denholm Village Hall, between 12noon and 8pm, with voting forms available in the hall during this time.

  14. Fixture rearranged

    Queen of the South's away fixture at Raith Rovers, postponed in January due to a waterlogged pitch, has now been rearranged for Tuesday 24 March with a 7:45pm kick off.

  15. Pensioner's 'domino' fall

    An artist who died after hitting her head while leaving an ambulance at Borders General Hospital fell "like a domino", a fatal accident inquiry has been told.

    Fiona Barber

    Fiona Barber, 71, was going down the steps of the vehicle backwards when she lost her grip and fell on top of a health worker who was guiding her.

    He tried to break her fall but Mrs Barber hit the back of her head.

    She died two weeks later at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

  16. Ice hockey countdown

    The countdown is under way to the Women's World Championship Ice Hockey tournament at Dumfries Ice Bowl, which is being held from Monday 30 March to Sunday 5 April.

    The Great Britain Ladies team will compete against top seeds Kazakhstan, plus Korea, Poland, New Zealand and Croatia to try and earn promotion from the International Ice Hockey Federation's Group 2A.

  17. Outlander bid?

    Amazon has declined to confirm reports that it has acquired the UK rights to the US TV series Outlander.


    Described as Scotland's answer to Game of Thrones, Outlander follows the story of Claire Randell, a nurse from 1946 who is swept back in time to 1743.

    The TV series, which features Doune Castle and Loch Ness, is based on novels by US author Diana Gabaldon and stars New Galloway actor Sam Heughan.

  18. President picked

    Fife farmer Allan Bowie has been elected the 61st President of NFU Scotland.

    Mr Bowie takes over one of the top jobs in Scottish agriculture from Borders farmer Nigel Miller, who steps down having served for four years.

    Rob Livesey, from the Borders, and Dumfriesshire farmer Andrew McCornick were successfully elected as vice presidents.

  19. School bid success

    Six Dumfries and Galloway schools have been successful with bids to Education Scotland's Access to Education Fund.

    Wallace Hall

    Auchencairn and Borgue Primary Schools (£8,460), Belmont Primary School (£4,640), Lochside Primary School (£1,600), Maxwelltown High School (£4,650), Penninghame Primary School (£2,000) and Wallace Hall Academy (£5,000) were the successful bidders.

    The Access to Education fund aims to reduce the barriers to learning experienced by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  20. Coastal call

    Berwickshire News

    A coalition of environmental charities says coastal communities such as Berwickshire will suffer if the government fails to properly manage Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

    Members of Scottish Environment LINK say a long-term approach to management will boost the viability and sustainability of Scotland's fisheries, by protecting precious inshore habitats.

    They criticised government plans which aim to protect only smaller patches of seabed from activities such as scallop dredging and bottom-trawling within some MPAs.

  21. Vandalism probe

    Police Scotland is investigating the report of a vandalism to a hydroelectric turbine which is sited at a house at Old Mill Cottage at Moffat.

    Sometime between 03:00 hours and 04:00 on Monday a wooden hut at the locus was entered and the "invertor" part of the turbine tampered with, causing it to fall and cause damage.

  22. Tour returns

    The Tour of Britain will return to Dumfries and Galloway in 2016.

    Tour of Britain
    Image caption: The Tour of Britain last visited the south of Scotland in 2013.

    A "high profile stage" of the cycle race will be held in the south-west of Scotland for the first time since 2013, according to the local council.

  23. Sunny spells

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A dry afternoon to come in the Borders, with some brightness and sunny spells, especially for more eastern parts.

    Highs of around 9 Celsius, with light south westerly winds.

    In Dumfries and Galloway, cloud may be thick enough, at times, to produce some drizzle over the Galloway hills.

  24. Tune in

    Remember our local radio bulletins are on air at 12:30 today from Dumfries and Selkirk.

    All the latest news, sport, travel and weather coming up.

  25. Bonfire appeal

    Fire crews were called out last night to put out a bonfire set alight near Kellwood Engineering on the Catherinefield Industrial Estate in Dumfries.

    Fire appliances

    Old pallets near the former Dumfries and Galloway College were set on fire at about 7.30pm.

    Four or five youths, one wearing a red hooded top, were seen at the fire.

  26. Ayr bound

    There is plenty of south of Scotland interest at Ayr races this afternoon.

    Langholm trainer James Ewart sends out Waky Highlander, Gilnockie, Quicuyo, Sa Suffit and Leading Score.

    Ayr racecourse

    Hawick handler Bruce Mactaggart has Queens Regatta, Selkirk's Stuart Coltherd runs Aye Well and Berwickshire's Sandy Thomson's Buckled will also race.

    Hawick jockeys Grant Cockburn and Craig Nichol are also in action.

  27. Cup draw delight

    Queen of the South boss James Fowler says he is happy to have landed a home tie with Falkirk at the quarter-final stage of the Scottish Cup.

    "I think probably everybody looked at Spartans and Berwick as possibly the easier teams," he said.

    James Fowler

    "But you have got to give the teams that are in this stage of the competition respect.

    "Falkirk at home is one of the ones - when you see Celtic at Dundee United and Inverness and the Premiership teams still in there - we would have taken before the draw I am sure."

  28. Housebreaking probe

    Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following a housebreaking at Castle Dykes, Cockburnspath.

    The incident occurred between 8.30am on Tuesday, 3 February and 3.30pm on Wednesday, 4 February.

    Several high value items of jewellery were stolen along with a number of personal items.

  29. Stop and search 'ignorance'

    Rank and file police officers have accused politicians of "ignorance" over consensual stop and searches.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed last week that senior officers at Police Scotland are considering ending the controversial tactic.

    Stop and search

    But the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has now written to MSPs insisting the searches increase public safety.

  30. Missing woman found

    Missing Borders woman, Naomi Fawcett, has been found safe and well.

    She was last seen at Borders General Hospital on Monday.

    The 37-year-old was traced in the Earlston area at 10:00 today.

    Police Scotland thanked its partners, including the RAF Search and Rescue Team, whose assistance was "greatly appreciated".

  31. Turbine plea

    Peeblesshire News

    Renewable energy firms should pay compensation to householders whose lives are blighted - and properties devalued - by the proximity of wind turbines.

    That is the plea of the Lauderdale Preservation Group (LPG) in a submission to the Scottish Government which is considering new guidelines to improve public engagement when wind farm plans are unveiled.

  32. Bruce boost

    Debbie Muir

    BBC Scotland, Dumfries

    A campaign has been launched in Dumfries to develop a visitor centre on a site which played a pivotal role in Scottish history.

    Bruce plea

    A local trust wants to buy a former retail store which was built over a church where Robert the Bruce slayed John Comyn sparking the Wars of Independence.

  33. Hospital fall action call

    The family of a woman who died after falling from an ambulance has said action is needed to avoid any similar incidents.

    Borders General Hospital

    Fiona Barber, 71, was attending a routine appointment at Borders General Hospital in 2009 when she fell.

    She struck her head on the ground and died at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh two weeks later.

  34. Missing woman

    Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for assistance in tracing a woman from the Melrose area.

    Naomi Fawcett, who is 37 years old, was last seen at Borders General Hospital on Monday, at around 1.30pm.

    Police are concerned for her welfare and are appealing for anyone who may have information as to her whereabouts.

  35. Bruce bonus?

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    It is the spot where Robert the Bruce began his bloody bid for the throne of Scotland, but it is marked with little more than a plaque.

    Robert the Bruce

    Now a major campaign has been launched to recognise the freedom fighter's connections with Dumfries.

    There are plans to create an interactive visitor centre on the site where Bruce clashed with John Comyn.

  36. Travel news

    From 09:30 a convoy system will be in use on the A7 at Braxholme between Langholm and Hawick.

    There's further drainage work scheduled today on the A75 at Springholm and between Eastriggs and Gretna.

    Men at work

    There are also four-way traffic lights in use at the Newton Stewart roundabout.

    Temporary lights remain in place on the A76 for long term works at Enterkinfoot.

    On the A701, there's ongoing water mains work at the Quarry Road junction in Dumfries.

    And there are temporary traffic lights on the A77 at Carlock Hill between Cairnryan and Ballantrae.

    No problems to report at the moment with Irish Sea ferries or local rail travel.

  37. Cloudy but dry

    BBC Scotland Weather


    High pressure remains the dominant feature within the Dumfries and Galloway weather today.

    Another rather cloudy, though dry day, with the exception of some drizzle along the Galloway coast.

    A mild feel with highs of around 9 Celsius, with light south westerly winds.

    A dry and chilly start in the Borders, with a patchy frost and some fog.

    This will lift as we go through the morning, leaving another dry day, with some spells of sunshine, especially for more eastern part. Highs of around 11 Celsius, with light south westerly winds.