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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 6 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 7 May

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By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Quite a cold night

BBC Scotland Weather

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A bright end to the day with some evening sunshine, there will be a few showers around initially, they will die away.

The dry conditions continue overnight with clear spells.

This will lead to quite a cold night with overnight lows of around 3C, a light northwesterly breeze, with a fresh wind along the Galloway coast.

Doorstep caller warning

@dgcouncil

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: Beware of uninvited doorstep callers offering roofing and gardening work. Use one of our Trusted Traders instead.
http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Police promotions

Three more Police Scotland officers from Dumfries and Galloway have recently been promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Police sergeants
Police Scotland

Amy Ritchie, Andrea Stewart and Dale Graham have all reached that grade.

@traffiscotland

Traffic Scotland

Latest

tweets: #M74 S/B just before J15 Beattock - there's been an RTC & it's blocking a *live lane* - more details to follow #BeAware

AGM date

@SolwaySharks

@SolwaySharks

tweets: We would like to announce our AGM will take place on Friday 29th May at @dumfriesicebowl. All supporters are welcome to attend.

Charity game raises funds

ITV News

A charity football match organised in memory of a young Borders player who was killed in a car crash

has raised more than £6,000.

Dale Whillans died last month, three days after a car he was travelling in left the road on the A698.

Radio times

Don't forget to tune in for our last two radio bulletins of the day from Selkirk and Dumfries.

Radio desk
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All the news, sport, travel and weather coming up for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway at 16:30 and 17:30.

East of Scotland action

There's action in the East of Scotland First Division tonight.

Albert Park
Oliver Dixon

Peebles Rovers' Borders derby against Duns kicks off at 7.15pm - while at Albert Park, Hawick Royal Albert against Heriot Watt University starts at 7.30pm.

Game off

@ScotLowlndleagu

The Scottish Lowland Football League

tweets: GAME OFF: Tonights BSC Glasgow v Vale of Leithen games has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Funding boost

An arts project for people living with dementia is to run for at least the next three years thanks to a £230,000 funding boost.

The Heart For Art scheme sees staff from CrossReach, the Social Care Council of the Church of Scotland, leading creative arts groups in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Broughty Ferry, Stonehaven, Kirkcudbright, Bankfoot and Garelochhead.

Crash appeal

Police Scotland want to trace the driver of a silver Volvo estate motor car which failed to stop after a collision which happened on the A709 road at temporary traffic lights near Lockerbie at around 12:00 on Tuesday.

Red light
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The collision involved a grey VW Passat and a black Jeep Cherokee which were travelling towards Lockerbie. These vehicles were confronted by the Volvo car coming through the traffic lights heading towards Dumfries. No-one was injured in the collision.

Inquiry told of 'medical episode'

A fatal road accident in the Borders was probably caused by a "medical episode" experienced by a 75-year-old lorry driver,

a fatal accident inquiry has heard.

Witnesses saw the HGV driven by Ian Boyes plough into the back of a tractor pulling a trailer on the A7 near Galashiels.

Huw Jenkins, 54, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown through the rear window of the tractor.

The railway worker died on 1 May 2014.

Assistant manager steps down

Robbie Horn has resigned as assistant manager at Berwick Rangers.

Horn, who captained the Shielfield side to promotion during his playing career, had been number two to former boss Ian Little and lately to Colin Cameron.

The former Vale of Leithen manager says he wants to take time out of the game.

@KelsoRacecourse

@KelsoRacecourse

tweets: Another win for @NRichardsRacing with Isaactown Lad and a great turnout from owners Syndicate MS Borders Racing Club

Kelso Racecourse
Kelso Racecourse

Aid worker's TV role

Berwickshire News

Aid worker Gemma Gillie flew out to Nepal at the weekend as part of the Save the Children response to the devastating earthquake

and the One Show filmed her departure.

Gemma, who grew up in Coldstream and attended Berwickshire and Kelso high schools, works in Save the Children International's humanitarian information, communications and reporting team and had 48 hours notice that she would be flying to Kathmandu.

Safety message

Firefighters and police officers from Dumfries and Galloway staged a road safety event recently to help motorists reduce the chance they will be involved in a serious incident.

Safety event
SFRS

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were joined by their Police Scotland colleagues for the event at the Gretna Gateway centre on Sunday.

Carnival Queen named

Galloway Gazette

Port William's Carnival Queen for 2015 is

18-year-old Sabina Sobczak, who lives at Second Sands in the village.

Sabina says she is looking forward to her role very much saying it's a real thrill to get the chance to wear a special dress and walk around wearing a crown!

Money questions

Today's Border Telegraph leads with the story of Scottish Borders Council revealing £2m has been "washed down the drain".

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

A701 reopens

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

tweets: #A701 Dumfries to Moffat road is fully open again - it was closed to recover a lorry which came off the road earlier. T.T.

Operatic hopes

Dumfriesshire-born tenor Nicky Spence has been shortlisted for the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Breakthrough Artist.

Flying the flag for opera, Nicky, originally from Thornhill, is the only Scot to make this year's list.

Amateur clashes

In last night's Border Amateur League A Division Greenlaw and Hawick Waverley drew 1-1, whilst Leithen Rovers lost 3-2 at home to Gordon and Stow versus Jed Legion was postponed.

The B league fixture between Earlston Rhymers and Langholm Legion was also postponed.

In Division C Peebles lost 3-2 at home to Lauder and hosts St Boswells defeated Selkirk Victoria 3-0.

Aerial view

@DSM888

@DSM888

tweets: lots of high level survey work at present which means we get great shots like this of Caerlaverock @welovehistory

Caerlaverock
David Mitchell

Resilience day

Earlston High School has been preparing for emergencies in a resilience planning day held at the school yesterday.

Resilience day
Scottish Borders Council

Third year pupils, teachers and representatives from Scottish Borders Council (SBC), Police Scotland, Borders Search and Rescue Team, Salvation Army, British Red Cross and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service took part in the event.

Cracker at Kelso

There is huge south of Scotland interest in the racing at Kelso later on today.

Every single race has a Dumfries and Galloway or Borders trainer or jockey interest.

Some brightness

BBC Scotland Weather

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Some brightness will develop across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway this afternoon, and showers will become fewer and lighter.

It'll be breezy, with freshening northwesterly winds, and cool for early May, at 10 to 12 Celsius.

Tune in

Remember the local radio bulletins are coming up soon for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Tune in at 12:30 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

Road blocked

BBC Scotland Travel

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tweets: #A701 Dumfries to Moffat road CLOSEDBOTH WAYS @ Locharbriggs to recover HGV which came off road. Police directing traffic. Delays. T.T.

Play-off preparations

The back page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard today concentrates on Queen of the South's Premiership play-off preparations.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Head teacher struck off

A head teacher who lost his job after he was caught with cocaine

has been struck off.

Mark Turner, the head of Dumfries High School, was found in possession of the Class A drug in a pub in Carlisle last June.

He was cautioned for the offence and never returned to his post.

A701 partially blocked

BBC Scotland Travel

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The A701 Dumfries to Moffat road is partially blocked just four miles north of Dumfries by an accident.

Alcohol price case made

The European Court of Justice is to hear evidence from the Scottish government

on its case for introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol.

Wine glass
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The hearing in Luxembourg will enable the court to produce its preliminary ruling on the policy.

Legislation to bring in a minimum unit price of 50p was passed by the Scottish Parliament in May 2012.

But a legal challenge was brought by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), which argued it breached European law.

Longridge returns

BBC Sport

Scotland

Stranraer will have Frank McKeown and Jackson Longridge available

for tonight's play-off clash with Forfar after they missed out against Brechin at the weekend.

But a knee injury sees Grant Gallagher miss out, Chris Aitken is suspended and Craig Malcolm is struggling.

Special feature

Border Telegraph

tweets: A special two page feature on @RowansTrust fun run features inside this week's @bordertelegraph with @MelroseRugby

Telegraph back page
Border Telegraph

Vehicles vandalised

Some time between 18:30 on Thursday and 12:00 on Friday a silver Volvo estate car was vandalised while it was parked in a no through lane in the village of Lochfoot, Dumfries.

A similar incident happened between 19:30 and 20:30 on 23 April to another vehicle which was visiting the area.

A blue Skoda Rapid car was also vandalised while it was parked in a lane to the rear of London Road in Stranraer some time between Saturday and Monday.

Brightening up

@HazelPeplinski

Clerk of the course Hazel Peplinski

tweets: Dry overnight @KelsoRacecourse - Good to Soft. Brightening up nicely now; hope the rain stays away #firstrace1.50pm

Kelso Racecourse
Hazel Peplinski

Woman, 90, confronts intruder

An elderly woman confronted an intruder after he broke into her home

and stole hundreds of pounds worth of jewellery.

The 90-year-old was sleeping when the thief targeted her home in Eastriggs, Dumfries and Galloway, at about 00:45.

Norovirus outbreak

A ward has been closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

after 11 patients fell ill with norovirus.

Dumfries Infirmary
NHS Dumfries and Galloway

The NHS board has shut ward 18 for care of the elderly to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

Farewell to Ryan

Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads on the death of Internet sensation Ryan McHenry.

Standard front page
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Top banana

An outfit made of a fabric produced from bananas and waste plastic

is to feature at Heriot-Watt University's graduate fashion show.

Fashion show garment
Heriot-Watt University

It is part of a collection of "sustainable garments" which will be showcased at the event.