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  1. Updates for Friday 17 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 20 April

Live Reporting

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 this week, best of luck to all the local sporting sides and runners in the Scottish Grand National this weekend.

If you're at one of the big games, why not send your pictures of the occasion to us

dumfries@bbc. or

Weekend weather

Met Office

tweets: Will the dry weather continue into the weekend? Here's a snapshot of your #weekendweather

Weather forecast
Met Office

Rat attack

A court has heard how a man whose wife took action to evict him from their Dumfries home

retaliated by putting rats in the attic.

Lee Thompson, 42, bought the animals at a pet shop knowing his wife had a phobia about them.

He admitted behaving in a manner likely to cause fear or alarm at the house in Caulstran Road in May last year.

Thompson, of Portling, near Dalbeattie, was fined £710 for the offence at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

Fine evening

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be a fine end to the day across the south of Scotland with some evening sunshine, followed by a dry night with a mixture of cloudy and clear spells.

It'll become chilly, with temperatures dipping close to freezing - even a degree or so below in the most sheltered spots, resulting in a touch of frost.

Some mist and fog patches will develop by dawn.

Broadcast times

Remember to tune in for the last two radio bulletins of the week from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios.

They're coming up at 16:30 and 17:30.

We're back on Monday morning with bulletins at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Textile boost

A Borders textile firm has said an investment in new equipment

will help it safeguard more than 100 jobs.

Lochcarron of Scotland

Lochcarron of Scotland is purchasing a warp mill which operates four times faster than current machinery.

Best of luck


Lauder Common Riding

tweets: Best of luck to @BoswellsRFC and @HawickRFC flying the flag for the Borders at Murrayfield tomorrow. @Scotlandteam

National challenge

The Borders has a couple of shots at the Scottish Grand National at Ayr tomorrow.

Lie Forrit versus Harry the Viking

Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson sends his Harry the Viking out at about 25/1 with Hawick owner John McNeill's Lie Forrit a 14/1 chance.

Amazing support


Hawick RFC

tweets: The support we are receiving is unbelievable the boys will appreciate all the messages hope to see as many of you there tomorrow as possible

Intruder concerns

The Annandale Observer is out today and leads on concerns over a number of intruder incidents in Annan.

Annandale Observer
Annandale Observer

Charity challenge progresses



tweets: Massive thanks to @reallorraine massive supporter of the @42in42JMA and @JMATrust

Charity challenge

Smugglers' tales

Dougie Vipond's trip to the Borders to take a walk along the stunning Berwickshire coastal path features

on Landward on BBC One Scotland tonight at 7.30pm.

Gunsgreen House

The trail runs from Berwick in the south to Cockburnspath in the north and has been rebranded to reflect the coastline's smuggling history.

Along the way he pops in past Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth - home to one of the area's most prolific smugglers.

Play-off push

Queen of the South's final push to clinch a promotion play-off place leads the back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Ayr triumph for Ewart

Langholm trainer James Ewart and jockey Dale Irving have enjoyed a fine win at Ayr's Grand National meeting.

Aristo du Plessis won the 2pm race at a price of 8/1.

Hip fracture efforts hailed

Berwickshire News

Despite the region's aging population,

the number of Borderers suffering hip fractures has "fallen substantially in recent years".

And that, according to Dr Andrew Pearson, is in no small way due to the work of the small specialist unit he leads at the Borders General Hospital.

Unemployment rises

Unemployment in Scotland rose by 9,000 in the three months to February and now stands at 167,000,

according to official statistics.

Job centre

It was the second rise in a row, following an increase of 6,000 in the previous set of figures.

Your views - Big Burns Supper

The Big Burns Supper festival has faced

further criticism over the time it has taken to pay its performers.

Organisers have promised outstanding payments will be made this week.

Michael Churm emails: I wonder if payments were delayed so that the money came out of a new financial years budget? If there is another Big Burns Supper (and who would come if they don't get paid!?) will that be paid for in next years budget? Oh how local government juggle finances! It's like Tesco but on a smaller scale.

Nightclub warning

Border Telegraph

A Kelso night spot could be forced out of business

if it is not allowed to stay open till 3am at weekends.

That warning comes from Ian Hastings, who has run The Vibe venue in The Square with his wife Margaret for the past 25 years.

Cricket warm-up

Dumfries Cricket Club continue their build up to the new season, with two games at Nunholm this weekend.

Tomorrow they host Ferguslie, with Keswick the visitors on Sunday. Both matches get under way at noon.

Lowland league clashes

In the Lowland League tomorrow, Selkirk welcome leaders Edinburgh City to Yarrow Park, while Vale of Leithen are at home to the University of Stirling and Gala Fairydean head up to Whitehill Welfare.

Gretna 2008 are away to BSC Glasgow, Dalbeattie Star are at home to Preston Athletic and Threave Rovers travel to Spartans.

Treat among the trees

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

The Big Lit festival is under way in Gatehouse of Fleet including this children's event in the Cally Woods.

Forest talk

The literary celebration continues throughout the weekend.

Alarm donation

A partnership between the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), gas provider SGN and charity D&G HandyVan is helping to protect Dumfries and Galloway residents from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide alarms offer a "vital warning where a leak occurs" and SGN has donated 100 of the potentially life-saving devices to SFRS and D&G HandyVan to help keep potentially vulnerable residents safe in their homes.

'Extremely tough'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South head to Alloa tomorrow knowing a win would secure them a top four finish in the Championship.

Striker Derek Lyle, who scored the vital goal against Falkirk last week, says they'll have to work hard for victory.

Derek Lyle
SNS Group

"They've got a new manager, Danny Lennon, and he will have them well organised," he said.

"We will need to play well - it is always tough going there.

"The pitch isn't great and they battle hard and they have got a wee lift from the new manager coming in so it will be extremely tough."

Sunny spells

BBC Scotland Weather


No change to the weather as we head through the afternoon remaining dry with spells of sunshine.

A little fair weather cloud may well develop over the Southern Uplands but certainly not spoiling things.

Easterly winds will be fresh at times around the Rhinns of Galloway, however with light winds elsewhere it will feel pleasant in the sunshine with temperatures reaching around 14 or 15 Celsius.

Bulletin times

Remember our radio bulletins in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders are switched to noon today.

A mix of international, national and local news from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios coming up.

Blue sky morning



tweets: A very good blue sky morning to you from #UWSLib ! #UWSDumfries #crichtonchurch #blossom


Last chance for Annan

In League Two tomorrow, anything other than a win for Annan at home to East Fife would end the very slim hope they have of making the play-offs.

Berwick Rangers, whose hopes are even more slender, are away at East Stirlingshire.

Family's pain

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and leads on the story of a baby who died just days after major heart surgery.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Title targeted

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Promotion-chasing Stranraer have their penultimate home fixture against struggling Stenhousemuir on Saturday.

The Blues lost their grip on the League One top spot last weekend, but midfielder Sean Winter isn't giving up on the title just yet.

"Right now I still want to win the league," he said.

"If the time comes when you need to think about the play-offs you just take each game as it comes."

Buzzing for Saturday


St Boswells RFC

tweets: Another great session tonight with @HawickRFC and the lads are buzzing for Saturday. #letsgetiton #SBBA #finalsday #hyper

Sunny south of Scotland

It is warming up across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders and Lesley Abernethy sent us this picture of Roxburgh Castle basking in the sunshine beside the Teviot near Kelso.

Roxburgh Castle
Lesley Abernethy

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Rugby showdowns

It is a huge weekend for Borders rugby with two teams heading to Murrayfield in the hope of bringing home silverware.

Rugby final
Scottish Rugby

Hawick take on Boroughmuir in the BT Cup and are looking for a hat-trick of wins in the competition.

St Boswells make a first appearance on finals day when they take on GHK in the final of the BT Shield - both sides unbeaten this season.

Big Burns pay concerns

The Big Burns Supper festival has encountered

fresh complaints about the time it has taken to pay some of the acts at this year's event.

Scots hip-hop act Hector Bizerk took to Twitter recently to voice frustration about the situation.

Colin Hattersley

Fellow performer Leopold Aleksander has contacted the BBC to say he has suffered similar problems.

Festival director Graham Main said outstanding payments should be made this week.

Bright start

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry bright start and quite chilly too with a frost in places early on.

It will be a fine spring day staying dry with spells of sunshine.

With light winds it will feel pleasant as the sun warms things up with temperatures reaching 14 Celsius.

Travel latest

BBC Scotland Travel


In Dumfries and Galloway you'll find road works on the go today on the A745 at Hardhills Smithy.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

It's Friday folks and a big weekend of sport to look forward to, especially for Borders rugby sides.

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