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  1. Updates for Tuesday 14 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday 15 April

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By Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for today from the south of Scotland.

Make sure you join us again tomorrow from 9am for all the latest from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

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Tapestry charge 'unfair'

Border Telegraph

Plans to charge an admission fee to view the Great Tapestry of Scotland at its new home in Tweedbank

have been branded "unfair".

Judith Cleghorn, a community councillor in Galashiels, spoke out after it emerged that the touring attraction has been displayed for free in venues across the country.

Rain pushing in

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be cloudy but mainly dry this evening.

Overnight, rain will push in, heaviest and most persistent across the western Borders. Fresh or strong southwesterly winds will veer westerly later.

Temperatures will hold up around 8 Celsius.

Three agree new deals

Three players have agreed one-year extensions to their contracts with Queen of the South.

Derek Lyle
SNS Group

Captain Chris Higgins along with top scorer Derek Lyle and his fellow attacker Iain Russell have all committed to the club for another season.

Manager James Fowler said "I'm delighted that the players have pledged their future to the club for next season, they have been key players for us and are big characters within the squad.

"They have played a big part in the success that we have had so far this campaign and deserve the reward of an extension.

"Discussions with other players continue and I hope to get a few more tied up in the coming weeks."

Radio bulletins

Two more radio bulletins to come from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios today.

The first is coming up at 16:30 with another to follow at 17:30.

Then we are back in the morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Player of the season

Fans of Gretna 2008 are being urged to

vote for their player of the season.

The Lowland League side currently sits in third place and remains in two cup competitions.

Crash driver sought

Police are working to trace a hit and run driver involved in a weekend crash.

Accident sign

It happened on a narrow country road between Gretna Green and Chapelknowe shortly before 5pm on Saturday.

A Skoda Octavia, which was being driven by a 40-year-old woman, was involved in a collision with another car as they attempted to pass.

No one was injured but the driver of the other vehicle, thought to be white Renault, failed to stop.

Alzheimer's appointment

NHS Borders has made an appointment to the new role of Alzheimer's Dementia Nurse Consultant.

Peter Lerpiniere is currently a liaison nurse specialist in mental health older adult services with NHS Borders.

He has been nursing for 27 years and brings with him a "wealth of experience and knowledge".

Good neighbour

Nominations have opened

for the annual "Guid Nychbur" award in Dumfries.

As in previous years, and in conjunction with the Dumfries and Galloway Standard, the award is given to a person or persons who the judges feel has done their bit to be "good neighbourly" to others in the town.

There is also an award for the "Junior Guid Nychbur".

Queens trio shine

Three Queen of the South players have made

the team of the week on the SPFL website.

Goalkeeper Zander Clark, wing back and midfielder Lewis Kidd and winger Danny Carmichael all feature.


The Doonhamers managed three wins in eight days against Hibs, Rangers and Falkirk.

Renewed crash plea

A fresh appeal is being made for information in a bid to trace a potential witness

to a fatal crash in Dumfriesshire.

The man was spotted walking along on the A7 near to the scene of the accident just south of Langholm.

Writers gathering

An opportunity to learn from some of Scotland's leading writers is coming to Wigtown at the beginning of May.

The third Writers' Gathering kicks off events at the Spring Book Weekend in Scotland's national booktown with a day of workshops and networking for established writers and anyone who would like to take that first step.

Workshops will be led by novelist and poet Magi Gibson, crime writer Douglas Skelton, graphic novelist David Bishop, playwright and performer Alan Bissett and Ian MacPherson who combines writing with being an acclaimed stand-up comedian.

The day is being held on Friday, 1 May.

Carlisle goal

Hawick jockey Keiron Edgar is in action this afternoon at Carlisle racecourse.

Carlisle racecourse
Brian Norman

He is aboard Prince of Pirates in the 2.40pm race.

Bag a book


Dumfries and Galloway Libraries

tweets: Free Book Giveaway at Annan Library @WorldBookNight celebrations, join in 6-7pm, Thu 23rd April.

Book night
Dumfries and Galloway Libraries

Lorry limit


Traffic Scotland

tweets: Heading across the border? Do you know speed limit for HGV's has changed in England & Wales ONLY? More info

Festival announcements due


Wickerman Festival

tweets: More acts to be announced for Wickerman 2015 in the next few days so watch this space...

Wickerman Festival
Wickerman Festival

Flood drop-in sessions

Drop-in sessions are taking place across Dumfries and Galloway where you can talk to the council's flood risk team and get more information on its consultation and proposed actions.


The sessions will be from 15:00 to 18:00 at:

  • Monday 20 April / Stranraer Library
  • Wednesday 22 April / Kirkconnel Library
  • Thursday 23 April / Dalbeattie Library
  • Friday 24 April / Kirkcudbright Library
  • Monday 27 April / Ewart Library, Dumfries
  • Tuesday 28 April / Newton Stewart Library
  • Wednesday 29 April / Langholm Library
  • Thursday 30 April / Annan Library

Phone scam warning

Trading standards in Dumfries and Galloway has been alerted to a phone scam which is doing the rounds.

The calls appear to be from the Ministry of Justice and advise of money being taken from the call recipient's bank account.

In order to receive a refund, the person is requested to pay around £300 in cash to a courier in exchange for a cheque.

Anyone being approached has been advised to contact trading standards.

Waterloo celebration

A special celebration to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

is being planned at a monument in the Scottish Borders.

Walter Baxter

Scotland's part in the significant moment in European history will be recognised at Peniel Heugh on 28 June.

Castle conservation challenge


Historic Scotland

tweets: Join us at Caerlaverock Castle on 5 May to hear about the challenges of conserving our castles

Historic Scotland

Some brightness

BBC Scotland Weather


A mostly cloudy afternoon to come, though outbreaks of rain across Galloway and the Solway Coast should clear away.

The cloud will thin and break, resulting in some brightness and sunshine.

In the sunshine, temperatures will peak around 14 celsius. Winds from the south west will be fresh to strong.

Tune in

Don't miss our local radio news bulletins for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders coming up at 12:30.

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

Question the parties

Would you like to put your questions to your local politicians?

Radio desk

The UK general election is taking place on 7 May and as polling day approaches Scotland is taking centre stage.

As well as national leaders' debates, BBC Scotland is holding regional radio debates

in Galashiels, Inverness and Moffat.

Contract clinched

Border Telegraph

After joining Edinburgh Rugby from Gala at the start of the season as a BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy player, prop Rory Sutherland

will become a full time pro player on 1 June on a two-year contract to the club.

Racking up ten starts in the number 1 shirt and eight from the bench this season it's been easy to forget that the 22-year-old from Hawick is still technically an Academy player.

Funds raised

The annual fundraising lunch for the Borders Carers Centre held at Kelso racecourse yesterday proved a great success.

Kelso racecourse
Richard Webb

It raised £16,000 for the locally-based charity.

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Pathway plea

Organisations and businesses are being urged to follow the lead of a new community initiative and adopt of mile of pathway.

Riverside path
Oliver Dixon

It's being launched by the Dumfries Rotary Club which is making a commitment to clean litter from the walk and cycle route between Nunholm Road and Hardthorn Road and the town.

Amateur clashes

There are matches tonight in all three divisions of the Border Amateur League.

Bottom side Ancrum travel to Gala Fairydean Rovers, whilst table-toppers Leithen Rovers head for Stow. Other A league encounters see Gordon host Chirnside whilst Greenlaw are at home to Jed Legion.

There are two fixtures in the B division - Hawick United entertain Earlston Rhymers and Tweeddale Rovers are at home to Gala Hotspur.

In the C division runaway leaders Tweedmouth travel to Duns and second-placed Biggar United host Selkirk Victoria. Other fixtures see CFC Bowholm at home to Hawick Legion Rovers, Lauder entertain Melrose and St Boswells have home advantage over Kelso Thistle.

Selkirk festival date change

A festival celebrating the life and times of Sir Walter Scott which was in danger of being dropped

has been moved to a new date.

Scott's Selkirk has traditionally been held in the run-up to Christmas but a lack of volunteers put it under threat.

Scott's Selkirk

However, it will now be moved to the first weekend in October to coincide with the Selkirk Sessions traditional music festival.

South football clashes

There are four South of Scotland games this evening.

In the league, leaders Wigtown and Bladnoch head to Creetown while fellow title challengers Newton Stewart, who are under investigation for failing to field a team at the weekend, host Fleet Star.

In the one other league game, Lochar Thistle head to Moffat to play Upper Annandale. There's also one Tweedie Cup second round tie, when Abbey Vale have home advantage against Heston Rovers.

Dale's double

Langholm jockey Dale Irving landed a double at Kelso races yesterday afternoon.

He was aboard winners Lord Wishes in the 4pm race and Gurkha Brave at 5.30pm.

Murrayfield goal

It's a big week for two Borders clubs as they prepare for cup finals day on Saturday.

For Hawick it will be a meeting with Boroughmuir for the BT Cup. But before that St Boswells square up to GHK in the final of the BT Shield.

MJ Richardson

St Boswells captain Ryan Hogg is looking forward to the biggest day in the club's history.

"It is great, a great achievement to get there," he said.

"We are there, Hawick's there, my home town, and away from that Selkirk has done well - they are back up into the premier league next year and unbeaten this season in the league.

"Borders rugby is thriving and it is great to see. Hopefully we can take this game at Murrayfield and bring the silverware home."

Travel latest

No problems to report with Irish Sea ferry services or local rail travel.

On the roads a convoy system will again be in use today on the A75 for patching work just west of Halfway House between Newton Stewart and Glenluce. There are also temporary lights at Mossyard near Gatehouse.

On the A74(M) there are north and southbound lane closures for works between Junction 18 Lockerbie and Junction 19 Ecclefechan.

And a reminder that the A701 at the Grove in Dumfries will be closed again tonight from 8pm until 6am tomorrow morning as resurfacing work continues.

Cloud thinning

BBC Scotland Weather


A mostly cloudy, mild and breezy day to come across the region.

The cloud will, perhaps, thin and break during the afternoon period, allowing some brighter spells and some sunshine to develop. In the sunshine, temperatures will rise to around 14 celsius.

Winds will be fresh to strong from the south west.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome once more to our live service with news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

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