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  1. Updates for Monday 27 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 28 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 a day which started in sunshine and ended up with snowflakes at our office window.

More news, sport, travel and that unique south of Scotland weather tomorrow from 9am.

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Massive snow flakes



tweets: @BBCSouthScot WOW!! Just started chucking down massive snow flakes!! (Who turned out the lights!

Icy night

Gritters are expected to be out and about across the south of Scotland tonight with temperatures set to drop.

Scotland Transerv has highlighted that its winter operations stretch until 15 May.

Snowing hard



tweets: @BBCScotWeather Just started snowing hard near Kirkcudbright & so cold!


Attempted murder charge

A Hawick man has made a private court appearance

charged with attempted murder.

Lee Adam Nichol made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination during a brief hearing at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

The 28-year-old was remanded in custody by Sheriff Valerie Johnston.

He is due to make his next appearance at Jedburgh Sheriff Court next week.

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After last week's soaring temperatures, it was snowing in Castle Douglas this afternoon.

Snowing in Castle Douglas

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Cold night in store

BBC Scotland Weather


Today's showers hold on into this evening and last for most of the night.

Winds also strengthen and will touch gale force around the exposed west coast.

The showers will be of rain but could lead to a risk of icy patches in shelter form the wind. A cold night in store, with lows around 0C to 2C.

Lochmaben crash - road reopens

The A709 has reopened at Lochmaben after a two-vehicle crash which left a number of people trapped.

Radio bulletins

Remember to tune in at 16:30 and again at 17:30 for our radio bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries.

All the news, sport, travel and weather coming up for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Fly-tipping plea

Dumfries and Galloway Council is urging people to use its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) rather than driving "miles out into the countryside" to fly-tip their rubbish.


There are 12 HWRCs located at Annan, Lockerbie, Beattock, Dumfries (Lochar Moss and Lincluden), Thornhill, Sanquhar, Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas, Whithorn, Newton Stewart, and Galdenoch (near Stranraer).

Lochmaben crash - bus delays



tweets: #DUMFRIES - All 81 + 381 services delayed due to RTA at Burnside farm Lochmaben Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Norovirus update

NHS Borders is still asking people not to visit relatives and friends at the Borders General Hospital because of the norovirus outbreak.

Borders General Hospital
Walter Baxter

They originally issued the request for the weekend.

The BGH's Department of Medicine for the Elderly is closed to admissions - as are two bays in ward four. Two bays at Haylodge Hospital in Peebles are also affected.

Lochmaben crash latest

A two car crash has closed the A709 Dumfries to Lockerbie road at Lochmaben.

Emergency services have been sent to the scene of the incident and police said there were people trapped in both vehicles.

The crash happened at about half past two this afternoon, close to Lochmaben hospital, and involved a Suzuki Swift and Ford Ranger pick-up.

Diversions were being put in place, however delays are likely in the meantime.

Crash closes A709

The A709 Dumfries to Lockerbie road is closed west of Lochmaben (the Dumfries side of the town) following a road traffic collision.

Diversions are being set up however delays are likely in the meantime.

'Credit to the club'


Melrose Rugby Club


Melrose Rugby Club
Melrose Rugby Club

Keeping well

NHS Borders is running a free information session in Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels, on 7 May to provide people with information on keeping well in later life.

The hour-long information evening (from 5.30pm to 6.30pm) will be run by Sinead Murray, Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology within NHS Borders Mental Health Service, and Gordon Elliott from NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council Joint Healthy Living Network.

'We concede too cheaply'

Annan Athletic have given themselves an outside chance of reaching the play-offs after their 5-4 victory at Elgin.

The Galabank side must now win their last game against Montrose and hope East Fife lose to be in with a shout.

Annan Athletic's Galabank stadium

But boss Jim Chapman believes they may have left themselves too much to do.

"I think our goal difference probably will prevent us making a challenge," he said.

"They're well ahead on goal difference but you can see why because we concede goals far too cheaply.

"To score five and concede four just kills you at times."

Patience appreciated


The Borders Railway

tweets: Thanks for your patience Galashiels while we work on the new station during evening hours

'Pick ourselves back up'

Bruce McKenzie

BBC Scotland

Stranraer's hopes of winning the League One title all but ended as they went down 2-0 at home to new leaders Morton on Saturday.

Stevie Aitken

Boss Stephen Aitken says they need to set aside their disappointment and refocus.

"They have been great and they are disappointed in there and it looks like the league will be going to Forfar or Morton," he said.

"I think we need to accept that is going to happen but we have to pick ourselves back up.

"We have to go to Brechin next week and try and win the game and then get ready for the play-offs and make sure we try and get through that way because they certainly deserve it."

'Alive and safe'

A journalist from the Scottish Borders and his family are said to be safe but stranded

after the earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.

David Knox was with his wife Aileen and young daughter Jess.

Mr Knox's family back home posted a message on Facebook to say they were "alive and safe".

'A wee bit nervy'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

A 2-1 win over Dumbarton finally secured a top four finish in the championship for Queen of the South and a place in the Premiership play-offs.

Queen of the South manager James Fowler

Manager James Fowler was pleased to eventually get over the line at the weekend.

"We're delighted to get there - it was a wee bit nervy at the end right enough when Dumbarton were coming back into the game and got the goal," he said.

"But I think the boys were excellent today and throughout the season and deserve to be there."

Cycling boost

Three cycling and walking projects in the Scottish Borders are to benefit from more than £55,000 from Sustrans Scotland.

Cycle path

In Clovenfords, an existing cycling and walking path extended into the centre of the village will also provide a direct link to Galashiels Railway Station.

The final section of the Peebles to Innerleithen route will be surfaced and money will be directed to explore, design and develop cycle-friendly links to the new Kelso High School and help develop the town as a cycling hub.

Proxy vote deadline


Scottish Borders Council

tweets: If you're hoping to vote by proxy you must return your completed application by tomorrow #GE2015 -

Wigtownshire cling on

In rugby's regional leagues, Wigtownshire hold on to fifth spot in West three, despite losing their re-arranged game 32-19 away at Millbrae at the weekend.

Bandstand dedication

Wilton Lodge Park's new bandstand has been officially opened, and named after Hawick's former Honorary Provost Zandra Elliot.

Scottish Borders Council

Current provost Stuart Marshall dedicated the new facility to his predecessor, who served three terms as provost and was a serving councillor for Hawick and Denholm when she passed away last year.

Berwick slump

BBC Sport


East Fife almost sealed their promotion play-off place in Scottish League Two

with victory over Berwick Rangers on Saturday.

Kevin Smith's low angled shot gave the Fifers the advantage 10 minutes before the break.

Housing plans approved

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Proposals to build 54 homes in the village of Gavinton near Duns in Berwickshire have been given the go-ahead by members of Scottish Borders Council's planning committee.

There had been strong local opposition to the scale of the development with claims it was disproportionate to the scale of the existing village.

Bright beginning

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry bright beginning to the afternoon with some sunshine.

Showers will start to spread in from the west, falling as snow over the hills.

A cold feel with highs of 9 celsius. Winds will freshen during the latter part of the afternoon.

Tune in

Remember our radio bulletins for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway are broadcast at 12:30 today.

More from the Selkirk and Dumfries studios at 16:30 and 17:30.

Melrose miss out

Melrose saw their chances of retaining their club title go in the final move of their game at Goldenacre at the weekend.

Rugby final
Scottish Rugby

Heriots snatched the match-winning try for a 22-20 win to clinch the BT Premiership.

Supermarket access concerns

Border Telegraph

Concerns have been raised over

a supermarket's plans to open a new store in Melrose.

The Co-operative has resubmitted plans to redevelop the former petrol station at St Dunstans.

It confirmed it is also driving ahead with plans to relocate its store in Earlston to the former filling station site on the A68.

But community councillors in Melrose have raised some concerns over access to the new store there.

Housing plan approval advised

Plans for a sizeable housing development on the edge of the Berwickshire village of Gavinton

are being recommended for approval.

Richard Webb

There have been a number of objections received to the plan described as a "disproportionate expansion".

The RM and JS Partnership wants to build 54 homes on land south of the Old Manse in Gavinton near Duns.

Map volunteers needed

Peeblesshire News

It is believed to be the only map of its kind in the world.

Mapa Scotland has just completed its first full year of works to restore a giant three-dimensional map of Scotland in the grounds of the Barony Castle Hotel in Eddleston.

However, despite six years of planning, fundraising and site clearance,

it revealed it needs more volunteers to complete the project.

Nine-goal thriller

BBC Sport


Annan Athletic got the better of Elgin City in

a thrilling nine-goal Scottish League Two encounter at the weekend.

Andrew Mitchell pulled Annan level after Jamie Duff had opened the scoring and Junior Ogen put the visitors ahead.

Road works under way



tweets: #A75 Cree Bridge works get underway today. For more info please click on link.

Stranraer stumble

BBC Sport


Greenock Morton moved top of Scottish League One

and knocked opponents Stranraer down to third by winning at Stair Park.

Morton took the lead from the penalty spot after Steven Bell had fouled Peter MacDonald, Declan McManus converting.

Declan McManus scores for Greenock Morton against Stranraer

And McManus headed his second from Ross Forbes' cross before the break.

House cost-cutting bid

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway Council

spends more than £2m-a-year sending people with learning disabilities to live in supported accommodation outwith the region, according to new report.

A total of 14 local adults with learning disabilities are currently on placements outside the south-west of Scotland, due to a lack of resources.

Each placement costs between £156,000 and £205,000 a year.

However, council officers hope a new housing project could ease the problem.

Play-off spot clinched

BBC Sport


Queen of the South

clinched the final promotion play-off spot in the Scottish Championship after beating Dumbarton.

Kevin Holt (right) celebrates after putting Queen of the South ahead

A Derek Lyle header that was saved by Sons goalkeeper Danny Rogers was one of few first-half chances.

Kevin Holt opened the scoring for Queens after the break with a close-range tap-in.

Sevens successes

Hawick edged Gala 24-19 in the final of the Langholm Sevens on Saturday, while at Peebles yesterday Gala picked up their third win from five.

They beat Watsonians 29-24 in the final after extra time with Graeme Speirs being named player of the tournament. It was Gala's first win at Peebles for 54 years.

Fatal crash victim identified

A man has died following a one-vehicle crash

involving a van near Lauder in the Borders.

He has been named by police as 47-year-old Ian James Whyte from Peebles.

Police Accident sign

The incident took place on the B6362 Lauder to Stow Road at about 19:30 on Friday, after the black Vauxhall Vivaro van came off the road.

Emergency crews were called, but the driver was pronounced dead the scene. Police have appealed for information into the circumstances of the crash.