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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 26 March

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

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

    Join us again at 9am tomorrow for the latest from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

  2. Snow in the west

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    It will be a fine end to the day in the Borders and a clear start to the night with a touch of early frost. It will gradually cloud over with some rain, sleet and hill snow reaching most parts through the early hours. Temperatures, after an early dip to freezing, will level out to around 3C.

    In the south-west, late brightness will be replaced by cloud this evening, with rain, sleet and upland snow spreading across all parts overnight. Snow will settle above about 250m, leading to difficult conditions on higher level roads. There'll be some sleet and wet snow at lower levels. Temperatures will dip to around 3C, and winds will be fresh at times.

  3. Dog in filthy conditions

    An Annan woman who kept a dog in filthy conditions has been banned from keeping animals for 20 years.

    Dumfries Sheriff Court

    Dumfries Sheriff Court heard that the black and white collie cross suffered conjunctivitis, pressure sores and an infected cut.

    Sharon Davidson, 43, admitted being responsible for the dog last September and failing to ensure its needs.

    A solicitor said that the dog had belonged to Davidson's daughter who had moved and didn't take it with her. Davidson, who suffered from depression, was not in a position to take it out.

  4. Local talent for Youth Beatz

    Organisers of this year's Youth Beatz festival in Dumfries are searching for local talent to perform in front of 12,000 music fans.

    Conor Maynard

    In the past big-name acts like Professor Green, N Dubz and Conor Maynard have performed at the festival, which tackles subjects like drugs and domestic abuse.

    Thomas Nicoll, from Dumfries and Galloway Council's event team said it could be a "spring board" for new talent.

    If you're interested, email a video or photos and contact details to youth.work@dumgal.gov.uk

  5. Tune in

    Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 for the very latest local news bulletins, broadcast from our studios in Selkirk and Dumfries.

  6. Great Scott!

    The shortlist has been revealed for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction to be awarded at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose in June.

    Walter Scott
    Image caption: The Walter Scott Prize will be awarded in the Scottish Borders later this year

    Seven contenders remain from the original longlist of 15 for the event's sixth edition.

    The shortlist for the £30,000 award was announced at 50 Albermarle Street in London, the home of Scott's original publisher John Murray.

  7. Poultry farm bid backed

    Councillors have backed plans to construct four poultry breeding units near Lochmaben.

    The site earmarked is on land to the north west of Blackrig Farm.

    When completed, the facility will have the capacity to accommodate almost 40,000 chicks.

  8. Eyemouth fishing litter

    @RichardLochhead

    Ricahrd Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, tweets: In Eyemouth for great Fishing for Litter 10th anniversary - 800 tonnes sea litter collected by 212 vessels & 14 ports

    Richard Lochhead
  9. Car smoking ban

    The Scottish government has said it will support a bill to ban smoking in cars when a child under the age of 18 is present.

    Smoking in car

    South of Scotland Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume launched the members' bill in December.

    The government said it was "very supportive" of the principles of the bill, but changes could be needed to make it "workable".

    Motorists could potentially be fined £100 for breaching the rule if it becomes law.

  10. Sparrows 'most common'

    House sparrows were the most commonly spotted bird in gardens in Scotland, according to an RSPB survey.

    House sparrow
    Image caption: House sparrows are one of the UK's most threatened bird species

    More than 43,000 people across Scotland took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch held on 24-25 January.

    Starlings were the second most seen bird followed by chaffinches. Tree sparrows were ranked 16 - their highest position for 10 years.

    Coal tits had the biggest fall in the rankings, going from number nine last year to 13 in 2015.

  11. 'Fishing for Litter'

    Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead has been visiting Eyemouth to mark 800 tonnes of rubbish being removed from Scotland's seas over the last 10 years.

    Eyemouth
    Image caption: Eyemouth harbour has been part of the scheme for the past 10 years

    It has been carried out through the Fishing for Litter project.

    The voluntary scheme allows boats to land marine litter they have caught in their nets.

    It also "aims to change practices to prevent litter reaching the marine environment in the first place".

  12. Unbeaten record maintained

    Selkirk defended their unbeaten record in National League Division 1 last night, with a 35-26 victory over Watsonians in Edinburgh.

  13. 'Hard Way Round'

    An ultra-marathon runner who has circumnavigated the world on foot, is in Dumfries and Galloway today.

    Kevin Carr

    Kevin Carr runs the equivalent of between a marathon-and-a-half and two marathons every day in his 'Hard Way Round' journey across five continents.

    He is expected to run 80km (50miles) today between Gatehouse and Annan, carrying all his own running, camping, first aid and tracking kit.

    He is raising money for mental health charity SANE and for the British Red Cross. Follow his progress here.

  14. School closure consultations

    Two schools in Dumfries and Galloway are being earmarked for potential closure in the face of dwindling pupil numbers.

    The education authority has recommended formal consultations are held on proposals to shut both Mousewald Primary, near Dumfries, and St Peters Roman Catholic Primary in Dalbeattie.

    The combined attendance of the two schools is just six.

  15. Post update

    @NithsdalePolice

    Police Scotland in Nithsdaletweets: Dumfries CPU officers and Trading Standards Officers currently at Gardenwise in Dumfries giving advice about rogue traders and bogus callers

  16. Promising prospect

    Ten Trees, owned and bred by Lockerbie sheep farmer James Nelson, was an impressive winner at Hexham yesterday.

    The 7-4 favourite stormed clear for an eight length victory at the Northumberland track.

  17. 'Cultural conversations'

    Scottish Borders Council will hold a series of four "cultural conversations" focused on taking forward a cultural strategy for the region.

    paintbrush

    The events are open to anyone interested in and working in arts and culture in the Borders, including heritage and tourism.

    The first takes place the Heart of Hawick at 19:00 tonight. The next will be at MacArts in Galashiels on 1 April.

  18. 'Lovely Spring Day'

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Staying dry with good sunny spells this afternoon. There will be a small chance of light showers in the Borders.

    A lovely spring day with plenty of sunshine, combined with light winds it will feel pleasant with highs of 9C or 10C. Towards dusk we will see cloud increasing across the far west by dusk turning the sunshine a little more hazy.

    South-easterly winds freshen later this afternoon along the Galloway coast.

  19. On the radio

    Don't forget to tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 12:30 for the very latest news broadcast from our studios in Selkirk and Dumfries.

  20. Golf buggy stolen

    A golf buggy has been stolen in a break-in at Lockerbie Golf Course early on Wednesday morning.

    Police officer

    It was later found abandoned in Sydney Place, Lockerbie, by police.

    Officers want to speak to man in a grey hooded top who was seen with the buggy in the town.

    He was white, of average height and medium build.

  21. Hep C tests for blood patients

    Anyone who had a blood transfusion before 1991 should be tested for Hepatitis C, a Scottish inquiry into contaminated NHS blood supplies has said.

    blood

    Thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV through NHS blood products in the 1970s and 80s.

    It has been described as the worst treatment disaster in NHS history.

  22. Devolution in the Borders

    Scottish Borders Council is seeking to devolve some of its own decision-making closer to local communities.

    SBC

    A scheme to be trialled in the Cheviot area, which covers Jedburgh and Kelso, will see the local area forum having more say over local services.

    Council leader David Parker said: "Cheviot is a very good area forum and that's why we are piloting it in this area first.

    "And if it works I can envisage area forums meeting twice a month in the future but taking many decisions for the council about local issues in that local area."

  23. 'Worst' performance of season

    Sandra Brown

    BBC Scotland

    Queen of the South boss James Fowler said the team's performance against Raith Rovers last night was "probably the worst we've played all season".

    James Fowler

    He added: "I'm disappointed, obviously we never really got going at all. The goals we lost were really poor. Everybody just had an off night, I think, tonight.

    "When a team plays that bad I'll probably take the blame for that. Sometimes it's one or two individual but when it's everybody in the team who plays that bad, that's down to me."

  24. Poultry farm application

    A decision is expected later today on plans to build four poultry breeding units near Lochmaben.

    hens

    The site earmarked is on land to the north west of Blackrig Farm.

    It would have the capacity to accommodate almost 40,000 chicks.

    The application has attracted more than 140 objections but planning officials are recommending approval.

  25. Back page

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    The Standard's back page looks at football, curling and motorsport.

    D&G Standard
  26. Education budget shortfall

    A package of measures is being lined up to address an estimated £606,000 shortfall in the education budget in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Pupils in classroom
    Image caption: The Scottish government has pledged to maintain teacher numbers

    The shortfall stems from a requirement to maintain existing teacher levels.

    It comes after the council's Labour administration dropped savings plans to cut 37 teaching posts.

    They were shelved when the Scottish government made maintaining teacher-pupil ratios a condition of the local government grant settlement.

  27. Sweets 'bribe'

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    Today's Standard leads with the story of a man jailed for sexually assaulting two six-year-old girls.

    Standard front page
  28. QoS lose to Raith Rovers

    Mark Stewart's double helped Raith Rovers to a comfortable 3-0 win over play-off hopefuls Queen of the South.

    Raith Rovers made it back-to-back wins and are eight points off a play-off place

    Mark Millar had gone close before Stewart's 23rd-minute opener when he fired into the top corner.

    Ian McShane had two near things for the visitors before Stewart netted with another strike on 78 minutes.

    Lewis Vaughan then wrapped up the win when he found the bottom corner from 14 yards, leaving fourth-placed Queens just one point ahead of Falkirk.

  29. Travel news

    Temporary lights are in operation on the A75 at Dunragit. The A751 link road in Wigtownshire remains closed for resurfacing and there are traffic signals on the A77 north of Cairnryan.

    Lights are also in operation today on the A76 at Enterkinfoot and north of Kirkconnel. And it's a similar picture on the A701 at Locharbriggs in Dumfries where cabling work is continuing.

    Elsewhere, traffic controls will be in use all this week on the A709 Dumfries to Lockerbie Road near to Burnside Farm at Lochmaben. No problems to report at the moment with local rail services or Irish Sea ferries.

  30. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    In the Borders, there will be a little light rain at first towards the Berwickshire coast. This will clear to leave a fine spring day, being dry with good sunny spells. A cold start with a frost, possibly some mist patches around initially and a risk of icy patches. Temperatures will rise to around 9C or 10C.

    It will be a cold start in the south-west with a widespread frost and a risk of icy patches. There will be a few mist patches. But it will become a lovely spring day with plenty of sunshine, combined with light winds it will feel pleasant with highs of 9C or 10C. Cloud will start to increase across the far west by dusk turning the sunshine a little more hazy. South-easterly winds freshen later this afternoon along the Galloway coast.

  31. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning. It's another beautiful, sunny day in this part of the region.

    Stick with us until 5pm for the very latest news, sport and weather from across the south of Scotland.