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  1. Updates for Friday 27 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 2 March

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it for the South of Scotland Live page for another week.

Enjoy your weekend and join us against for live updates from across the region at 09:00 on Monday.

Rain tonight

BBC Scotland Weather


Cloud continues to thicken and increase from the west as we end the day, bringing with it outbreaks of rain and hill snow to all parts during the evening.

The rain is likely to turn heavy at times, and accompanied with southerly gales, especially across the Southern Uplands.

Lows tonight of around 2C.

Selkirk bogus callers

Bogus callers have targeted elderly people in the Selkirk area, according to police in the Borders.

They received a report of a man who offered to buy broken or old jewellery and war memorabilia from people living in the Kingsland Avenue area yesterday.

He was between 55 and 65, 5ft6 tall, of stocky build, with short grey hair and he was wearing blue jeans and a light coloured jacket.

Police Scotland has advised that anyone who has concerns about cold callers should contact them on 101.

Crime gang used Scots holiday parks

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

A GANG of prolific burglars used holiday parks in the south of Scotland as a base while they carried out a

£100,000 crime spree south of the border.

The six-strong gang from Wythenshawe mounted raids on shops and garages across Cumbria, County Durham and North Wales, stealing £60,000 worth of mobile phones, cigarettes, and cash, plus a £25,000 Mercedes.

Traffic Scotland


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Hometown gig

Dumfries band Finding Albert will launch their new single A Chemical Memory in their hometown tonight.

Finding Albert
Finding Albert

They will play a one-off gig at The Venue in Church Street.

Peeblesshire News

The Peeblesshire News hits the shops today.

Peebleshire News
Peebleshire News

On the radio

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

Sunset over Luce Bay

A picture of the sunset over Luce Bay, near Stranraer, features in our

gallery of photographs from around Scotland this week.

Luce Bay
Douglas Brawls
Sunset over Luce Bay. Douglas Brawls, from Stranraer, was at Second Sands, Portwilliam.

A flying visit

Event organisers will visit Dumfries and Galloway next week to sample the range of venues and facilities on offer in the region.

Laggan zip wire

During the trip organised by VisitScotland and Conference Dumfries, they will get to grips with one of Europe's longest zip wires at Laggan Outdoors.

They will also tour Drumlanrig Castle and The Crichton Church and eat at Marco Pierre White's Wheeler's of St James's Restaurant at the Holiday Inn.

Organisers hope the trip will bring extra business to the area.

International rugby

There will be international rugby in the Borders tonight when Scotland under 20s play their Italian counterparts at Netherdale.

Kick off is at 19:30.

Dogs rescued in farm fire

Firefighters have prevented the total destruction of a farm building and rescued two pet dogs

in a blaze in southern Scotland.

Fire appliance

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from Annan were sent to the incident in Kirtlebridge at 20:30 on Thursday.

Missing pup survives freeze

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

A missing puppy which survived 12 days in freezing temperatures has been

reunited with his owners thanks to Facebook.

Missing dog
D&G Standard

Fergie, an 11-month-old Jackahuahua, went missing in Mabie Forest earlier this month and was found nine miles away at Milton on Friday.

Jedburgh roadworks

Work has begun to stabilise a retaining wall and restore the road surface on the A68 at Lintalee, south of Jedburgh.

Road closed sign

The road has been reduced to one lane for almost two years because of a landslip threat.

The A68 will remain open to single lane traffic using a convoy system, with traffic lights used overnight.

Transport Scotland say there will be a need to totally close the A68 at Lintalee to allow resurfacing over one or two weekends in April.

During the closures traffic will follow a signed diversion via the A6088 and A698. The work should be complete by 10 April.

Racing at Kelso

Stuart Coltherd's veteran chaser Aye Well, who is blind in his right eye, will be aiming to make it a hat-trick of victories at Kelso tomorrow, after impressive wins at both Wetherby and Ayr in his last two outings.

A total of £96,500 in prize money is on offer at Kelso tomorrow. Racing starts at 13:55.

Specialist dementia care

Berwickshire News

Scottish Borders Council has put out to tender specialist dementia care based on a model of support which will be the

first of its kind in Scotland.

The tender seeks 27 dedicated bed spaces - with nine in three units across the Borders - with specialist nurses to be recruited through the Council and NHS Borders to provide 'in-reach' support and care.

Galloway Gazette

Today's Galloway Gazette leads with the criticisms of a Stranraer hospital by inspectors.

Galloway Gazette
Galloway Gazette

Outlander on Amazon

Amazon has acquired the UK rights to the

US TV series Outlander.

Nick Briggs
Based on a series of bestselling books, Outlander was filmed across various Scottish locations

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 is based on the novels by US author Diana Gabaldon and it stars New Galloway actor Sam Heughan.

Borders football

In SPFL 2, Berwick Rangers will welcome Albion Rovers to Shielfield.


In the Lowland League, Gala Fairydean host Threave Rovers, Vale of Leithen journey to BSC Glasgow and Selkirk travel to Edinburgh University.

Purple Friday

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: Happy Purple Friday from @dgcouncil .Find out more information on Purple Friday at:

Council headquarters purple
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Snow day


Lowther Hills Ski Club

posts: We enjoyed fantastic conditions on Lowther Hill yesterday. It really deserves a few photos...

Lowther Hills
Lowther Hills Ski Club

Arrest over Galashiels housebreakings

A man disturbed in a private garden in Lawyers Brae in Galashiels has been arrested.


The 24-year-old was charged in connection with three local housebreakings, police said.

Insp Tony Hodges said: "The area in question has seen a number of thefts from private properties in recent weeks and thanks to the vigilance of this homeowner we have apprehended a man in connection with these incidents.

"Following his arrest we have now established evidence to report him for an addition three thefts from local properties, which occurred earlier this month."

Convoy system


Traffic Scotland


tweets: #A68 Lintalee (South of Jedburgh) will have convoy in place btwn 8am-5pm Mon-Fri until April 10th. For info:

Care home criticised

A care home near Dumfries has been told to make improvements

after its quality of care and support for residents was rated "weak" by inspectors.

Care service

The Care Inspectorate visited the Cargenholm Care Centre in December.

It found that the quality of care and support provided was "weak", the second lowest possible grade.

Annandale Observer

The Annandale Observer is out today and leads on fears for a traditional fishing method.

Annandale Observer
Annandale Observer

Spells of sunshine

BBC Scotland Weather


It will remain dry this afternoon with spells of sunshine across the eastern Borders. In the west cloud will gradually start to increase turning the sunshine a little more hazy.

Quite a breezy afternoon with a fresh south westerly wind. Highs of 7C.

News bulletins

Don't forget to tune into BBC Radio Scotland for the latest local, national and international news at 12:00.

Rugby round-up

In National One, Selkirk have won all of their 18 games this season. They will take their unbeaten record to Aberdeen this weekend.

rugby ball

Kelso will travel to GHA and Jed-Forest head to Edinburgh to play second-placed Stewart-Melvilles.

In National Three, Dumfries Saints travel to East Kilbride.

Hand ba' in Jedburgh

The people of the Scottish Borders town of Jedburgh have taken to the streets for their

traditional hand ba' matches.

Hand ba' game

The event sees the Uppies, from the higher part of the town take on the Doonies, from the lower part.

Lowland League preview

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

In the Lowland League, Dalbeattie Star, Threave Rovers and Gretna are all away from home. Second placed Gretna head to Univeristy of Stirling, while Star make the journey to Spartans and in the Borders, it's the battle of the rovers as bottom of the table Threave play Gala Fairydean.

In the South League, it's top against bottom as leaders St Cuthbert Wanderers visit Dumfries YMCA. Second placed Newton Stewart are also away - they travel to Maxwelltown High School to play Lochar Thistle.

Business confidence falls

Business confidence in Scotland has fallen to its

lowest level in more than two years, according to a report.


Lower oil prices, weak growth across Europe, the upcoming general election and political unrest in parts of the world have been identified as contributing factors.

Weekend football round-up

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South will look to return to winning ways when they make the trip to Dumbarton in the Championship tomorrow.

In League One, leaders Stranraer face Dunfermline Athletic at Stair Park.

And in League Two fourth placed Annan head to East Fife looking to further strengthen their grip on the final play-off place.

Nightclub verdict

Southern Reporter

A nightclub must stop selling alcohol until 3am at weekends following

a small increase in antisocial behaviour within a 200-metre radius of the premises during a trial period of the extended hours.

After considering complaints from nine local residents and the owners of a nearby sheltered housing complex, Scottish Borders Licensing Board voted on Friday to restrict the sale of drink at the Base nightspot in Hawick to 2am on Friday and Saturday.

The extension had been granted last May on a temporary basis with incidents around the Baker Street venue monitored.

Wonderful Weatherson

The back page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard pays tribute to Annan's evergreen Peter Weatherson today.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Front page

Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads with a story about hospital bed-blocking.

D&G Standard
D&G Standard

School meals prove popular

About three quarters of children in the early years of primary school are now taking school dinners,

according to figures seen by BBC Scotland.

school meal
Science Photo Library

Since January, all children in Primaries 1, 2 and 3 have been entitled to a free school lunch.

As expected, in most places the number of children eating a school meal has increased significantly.

But some councils are disappointed the rise has not been even greater.

The whole of the tune

The Waterboys have been announced

as one of the headline acts at this year's Wickerman Festival.

The event will be held on 24 and 25 July at East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan, in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Waterboys
catherine lyst

Singer songwriter Tom Odell has also been lined up to perform at the festival.

Travel latest

On the A75 temporary lights just west of Newton Stewart as well as at Cree Bridge, Springholm and the Eastriggs junction.

Stop-Go boards will also be in use for studding works between Dumfries and Castle Douglas.

On the A76 there are temporary lights just north of Thornhill and at Enterkinfoot.

You'll also encounter Stop-Go boards at Auldgirth Bridge.

Bright day

BBC Scotland Weather


There will be a risk of ice this morning on untreated surfaces.

A number of showers around at first, especially over Galloway.

But a mainly dry bright day with any showers dying away this morning.

Good spells of sunshine for the eastern Borders. A windy day with a fresh to strong south-westerly. Highs of 7 or 8C.