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Giancarlo Rinaldi

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  1. Quad bikes stolen

    Police Scotland is investigating the theft of another two quad bikes from the west of Dumfries and Galloway overnight.

    Quad bike tyre

    In the latest thefts, a red Suzuki quad was stolen from a farm at Drummore and a red Honda quad from a farm at Stoneykirk.

    These quads are valued at around £3,000 each. The latest crimes follow the theft of two quads and a Landrover Defender from the Stewartry area last week.

  2. Dog owner plea

    As lambing in Scotland's hills and uplands gets into full swing, NFU Scotland is urging dog owners and dog walkers to keep their pets under control around livestock.

    Incidents of sheep worrying are growing with more farmers across the country seeing their livestock distressed, hurt or killed by dogs.

  3. Mild night

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It'll be cloudy across the south of Scotland tonight with a little rain at times - it'll be generally light and patchy, with some drier spells too.

    Some heavier, more persistent rain will reach Galloway by morning.

    It'll be a breezy night, with brisk southwesterly winds, and it'll be mild, with temperatures holding up around 8 Celsius.

  4. Radio bulletins

    Remember to tune in for our radio news bulletins for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway coming up soon.

    There are at 16:30 and 17:30 and then back tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

  5. Wishes wins

    A win for Langholm trainer James Ewart at Kelso Races this afternoon.

    Lord Wishes took the 4.00pm race at a price of 11/2.

  6. Military manoeuvres

    A major military exercise - involving naval landings, aircraft and combat troops - is getting under way in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Local motorists are being advised that military vehicles will be on the move on the region's roads - in particular the A75.

  7. Police station opens doors

    Police Scotland is opening its doors to the public at Loreburn Street Police Station in Dumfries on Saturday 25 April.

    Police station

    Between 12:00 and 16:00 staff in the station will welcome the public in to have a look around the "busy operational police station".

    The public will be able to view areas such as the cell block, the fingerprint room, the museum, CCTV control room and the Identification Parade Room.

  8. A7 fatal crash latest

    Police are trying to trace a man seen walking near to the scene of a fatal crash on the A7 near Langholm at the weekend.

    He is described as being about 35 years of age and was wearing a green anorak and green wellington boots.

    He may also have been carrying a backpack.

    PC Callum Kingstree said: "We would like to trace this man in case he may have any information which would help us piece together the circumstances surrounding this crash."

  9. Dumfries and Galloway rugby

    In West One, bottom side Annan lost out 19-12 away to Garnock at the weekend; while in West Two, Stewartry made home advantage count with a 24-15 victory over McLaren.

    In West Three, Wigtownshire pipped Loch Lomond 11-10, and in West Four, Moffat continued their promotion push with a 38-15 win against Cowal.

  10. Kelso opener


    Kelso racecourse tweets: 101st win for Brian Hughes on Apachee Prince in the Duncan Sinclair Memorial Race

    First winner
  11. Other football

    In the East of Scotland first division at the weekend, leaders Peebles Rovers won 3-0 at home to Hawick Royal Albert, but there was defeat again for Coldstream in the premier division, by 3-2 at Easthouses Lily.

    Both Duns and Eyemouth suffered heavy defeats, Kelso also losing at Ormiston.

    In the South of Scotland League, there were wins for St Cuthbert Wanderers, Crichton, Lochar Thistle, Mid-Annandale and Nithsdale Wanderers while Wigtown & Bladnoch and Upper Annandale drew 0-0.

    In the Juniors, Kello Rovers were 1-0 winners away to Darvel in the Ayrshire District League.

  12. Election debates

    Fancy being part of the audience at our radio debates ahead of the General Election in Galashiels and Moffat?

    Just sign up here and you could question the people seeking your vote.

  13. Books are back

    Selkirk Library has reopened to the public.


    As well as being redecorated, the library has a new layout with mobile shelving to maximise the available space for events and activities.

    It also has a new service desk, more space for the junior library and a dedicated IT space.

  14. Moped set alight

    A blue Yamaha Aerox 50cc moped was stolen from the car park in the Margaret Walk/Elizabeth Walk area of Lincluden in Dumfries some time overnight between Friday and Saturday.

    It was found burning in a field behind Criffel Avenue in the early hours of Saturday morning.

  15. Fantastic day


    Historic Scotland tweets: A fantastic day at Smailholm Tower last Friday, easy to see why it inspired Sir Walter Scott!

    Smailholm Tower
  16. Tree plea

    A Hawick councillor is urging the local authority, housing associations and others to ensure trees on their land aren't posing a nuisance, or even a risk, to nearby residents.


    Stuart Marshall said that, while they undoubtedly added beauty to the landscape, trees could also cause problems.

  17. The chips are down

    Scottish Borders Council has teamed up with two charities to offer free microchipping for dogs.


    The events are being held ahead of the Scottish Government introducing compulsory microchipping in April 2016, which will aim to help reunite lost or stolen dogs with their owners.

    The two events are on 24 April at Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick and 15 May at Linkim Court, Eyemouth - both from 10am to 2pm.

  18. Polar rugby challenge

    Willie Johnston

    BBC Scotland

    Dumfries-born polar adventurer Jock Wishart is about to embark on his latest Arctic challenge.

    If it all goes to plan, a game of rugby will be played at the North Pole.

    Jock Wishart

    The team will haul 60kg sleds with all their kit, players will trek 12 hours a day for six days, on a 100-mile trek from Resolute Bay to the magnetic pole.

  19. Final preparations


    Scottish Rugby tweets: Gr8 to see shops of Hawick getting behind @HawickRFC ahead of Sat's #BTCupFinalsDay! They face @BmuirSports at 5.45pm

    Shop window
  20. Lowland league round-up

    Gala Fairydean Rovers and Vale of Leithen fought out a 2-2 draw in the Lowland League at the weekend where Selkirk won 3-2 away to Preston Athletic.

    League table

    Connor Graham scored in each half to give Gretna a 2-0 over Dalbeattie Star, while bottom side Threave Rovers earned a point in a 1-1 draw against BSC Glasgow.

  21. Empty property action

    Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

    Property owners, developers and professionals from across the Borders are invited to attend a free event organised by Scottish Borders Council and Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

    The gathering at the Victoria Halls, on April 21, will include a series of short informative talks by leading experts on subjects including assessing alternative uses for an empty property, working with traditional buildings, creative marketing of empty properties and empty homes funding.

  22. Patchy rain

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A rather cloudy look to the afternoon and damp too with outbreaks of patchy rain spreading to all parts.

    Winds will continue to pick up as the rain moves in with a freshening southerly. Milder with a late high today of around 11 celsius.

  23. Tune in

    Don't forget our local radio bulletins are on air from Selkirk and Dumfries at 12:30.

    More news, sport, travel and weather at 16:30 and 17:30.

  24. Grand slam success

    BBC Sport


    Eve Muirhead's rink secured their second grand slam triumph of the season by winning the Players' Championship in Toronto.

    Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead
    Image caption: Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead

    Muirhead, along with Dumfries and Galloway's Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams as well as Sarah Reid, defeated Russian skip Anna Sidorova's rink 4-2 in Sunday's final.

    "It's been a season of inconsistencies but we just really dug in," said Sloan.

    "It showed that we are a strong side and that we're here to compete."

  25. Warriors win

    Glasgow Warriors won the Melrose 7s at the weekend, retaining their trophy in the final with a win against the surprise package of Germany, who made their first visit to the world famous event.

    Melrose and Jed-forest were the pick of the Borders sides - going out to Germany and Glasgow Warriors - at the semi-final stage.

  26. Literary preparations

    Final preparations are under way for the Big Lit book festival in Gatehouse of Fleet from 16 to 19 April.

    Rally and Broad

    Among the highlights will be Rally and Broad's lyrical cabaret.

    Acclaimed duo Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum provide Sunday afternoon's finale.

  27. Stranraer slip to second

    BBC Sport


    Stranraer slipped off the top of Scottish League One after losing to Dunfermline at the weekend.

    Substitute Fayssal El Bakhtaoui broke clear and coolly fired in a low drive to decide the game.

  28. Assault appeal

    Witnesses are being sought to a "serious assault" outside a pub in a Dumfries and Galloway town in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    The incident happened shortly before 01:00 near the Thornhill Inn on Drumlanrig Street in Thornhill.

    Thornhill Inn

    Police said a 27-year-old man had been found with serious facial injuries as a result of the attack.

  29. Going good at Kelso


    Clerk of Kelso racecourse Hazel Peplinski tweets: Dry overnight @KelsoRacecourse after 4mm rain yesterday. Going: Good (Watered). A cold bright start to raceday, may catch a shower later.

  30. Drink-drive impact

    The lowering of the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland has affected business in the hospitality sector, according to a new report.


    The Bank of Scotland said restaurants and bars were seeing "a changing pattern of spending" because of the new law, which came into force in December.

  31. Birthday bash


    Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    tweets: 90-yr-old Dumfries man hits nightclub with pals to celebrate birthday #Dumfries #Galloway #Scotland #legend

  32. Del delivers for Doonhamers

    BBC Sport


    Queen of the South took a grip on fourth place in the Championship with a narrow win over nearest rivals Falkirk on Sunday.

    Derek Lyle

    Derek Lyle pounced on a Will Vaulks' error to volley in the only goal after 22 minutes at Palmerston.

  33. Travel latest

    The weekend closure of the A701 at the Grove in Dumfries should now be over, however, it's scheduled be shut again from 8pm tonight until 6am tomorrow morning for further resurfacing.

    On the A75, a convoy system is in use today for patching work just west of Halfway House between Newton Stewart and Glenluce. There are also temporary lights at Mossyard near Gatehouse. Traffic signals also remain in use on the A77 north of Cairnryan and on the A76 north of Thornhill at Enterkinfoot.

    On the ferries, P&O are warning of revised sailings between Cairnryan and Larne due to a technical problem - passengers should check ahead. No problems to report with local rail travel.

  34. Bright start

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A chilly start with an early frost in places.

    Dry and bright with some hazy sunshine.

    Cloud will increase from the west introducing some patchy rain this afternoon.

    Southerly winds will freshen as the rain moves in. It will be mild with a late high of 12 Celsius.

  35. Post update

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

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