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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 13 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 14 May

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for today, join us again tomorrow from 9am with more news, sport, travel and weather from across the south of Scotland.

Enjoy the early evening sunshine if there is some where you are.

'No evidence' pothole caused fall

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A police collision investigator has told an inquiry

that a cyclist fatally injured in an accident in Dumfries is unlikely to have hit a pothole.

PC Stephen Kerr said he could find no evidence that Sheila Hyslop cycled through the hole before the fall.

The 50-year-old died four days after falling from her bike in March 2014.

£40,000 Range Rover theft

A metallic blue Overfinch Range Rover, registration number M99 HTW has been stolen from Albany Place in Dumfries some time overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.

The car is valued at £40,000.

It appears that the home of the owner of the vehicle was also broken into at this time.

Perth bound

Plenty of south of Scotland interest at Perth racecourse tonight.

Perth Racecourse
lis burke

Sandy Thomson, Alistair Whillans, Wilson Renwick, Stuart Coltherd, Grant Cockburn, Tom Hamilton, Craig Nichol, and Robert and Callum Bewley are among those in action.

Late bright spells

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry end to the day with some late bright spells.

Tonight, it stays dry with a mix of cloud and clear spells.

However, winds from the south east do pick up meaning temperatures shouldn't fall too far. It will become quite breezy along the Solway. Overnight lows of 5 or 6 celsius.

Radio time

Our local radio news bulletins are coming up at 16:30 and 17:30 from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

Tune in for the latest from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Online initiative

A groundbreaking project to get deaf and blind people online is coming to Dumfries.

Online Today is a UK-wide initiative and is aimed at people of all ages who have sensory loss who may feel sidelined by technology.

Ewart Library
Rose and Trev Clough

The first session will be held on 21 May at the Ewart Cyber Centre in Dumfries.

Celebration opportunity

@ScottishYT

The Scottish Youth Theatre

tweets: P6, P7 & S1 pupils from Midlothian & Borders can now apply to take part in the celebrations for the @BordersRailway.
http://bit.ly/1bPd1pI

Pothole evidence at inquiry

An accident in which a cyclist was fatally injured may have been caused by a pothole,

an inquiry has been told.

Dumfries Sheriff Court
BBC

Sheila Hyslop, 50, died four days after falling from her bike in Dumfries in March 2014.

At a fatal accident inquiry at Dumfries Sheriff Court, PC Martin Grasson said he saw a pothole a foot wide and one to two inches deep at the scene.

He said it was a "possibility" that Ms Hyslop either hit the hole or swerved to avoid it before she fell.

Waiting time improvement

Berwickshire News

NHS Borders A&E performance figures are improving and in the first week of May

95% of people were seen within four hours.

A&E performance figures across Scotland have improved to 93.5% of patients being seen within the required four hours, but while welcoming the improvements, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that there was still much more work to do.

Man 'critical' after crash

A pensioner is in a critical condition in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

after being struck by a car in the Scottish Borders.

The accident happened at about 17:15 on Tuesday on Newtown Street in the village of Duns.

Newtown Road
Google

The 68-year-old man was transferred to the Edinburgh hospital for treatment after being hit.

Dumfries and Galloway unemployment

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Unemployment in Dumfries and Galloway has hit its lowest point this year, according to newly published figures.

The number of people out of work and claiming jobseekers allowance fell 113 in April to stand at 1,783.

Road closed

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: A7 south of Boleside closed until May 15 btw 7.30pm & 6.30am for resurfacing and sign improvement. More info -
http://ow.ly/MT7er

Nepal aid worker safe

Southern Reporter

Coldstream aid worker Gemma Gillie was caught up in Nepal's second major earthquake in three weeks

having flown as part of the emergency response to the first one.

At around lunchtime on Tuesday an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck 47 miles of Kathmandu where Gemma, who is a humanitarian information and communications manager with Save the Children, was working.

Fortunately she was able to send a message home immediately, before the news started breaking back in the UK of the latest blow to hit an already devastated Nepal.

"I'm safe. Terrified but safe," she said. "I was on the top floor when it happened - have never been so scared in all my life."

Craft show

Glasswork and jewellery created by nine young people under the guidance of two leading craft makers is going on show at a special exhibition.

Craft works
Colin Tennant

The event is the climax of this year's Modern Heritage Crafts (MHC) initiative, which is run by Spring Fling, to help maintain Dumfries and Galloway's position as a "vibrant centre for traditional and contemporary craft".

It takes place at Designs Gallery and Cafe, Castle Douglas, from 16 May to 13 June, with a special public preview on Friday, 15 May from 2-5pm when the new MHC film will also be premiered.

Gretna seek second cup final

Gretna aim to make it through to their second cup final when they travel to face Lothian Thistle tonight in the semi-final of the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup.

The Raydale Park side are already in the final of the Lowland League Cup.

Meanwhile, there are also two Tweedie Cup semi-finals this evening, Fleet Star are the visitors to New Abbey to face Abbey Vale, while Newton Stewart make the trip to Hamilton to face Edusport Academy. Both ties have a 7.30pm kick off.

Duathlon date

Around 180 competitors of all ages will head to the Galloway Forest this weekend for two days of trail running and mountain biking.

Kirroughtree trail
Iain Thompson

The Kirroughtree Duathlon - organised by the local Galloway Hillbillies mountain bike club - follows a highly successful inaugural event last year.

On Saturday the junior competitors - aged from eight to 15 - will tackle a shortened race route, while on Sunday the adults will face a 10 kilometre run, followed by an 18 kilometre mountain bike ride on part of the famed 7Stanes network.

School move plans

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

A Dumfries school for children with severe and complex needs

could be relocated to a new "learning campus" under new council plans.

Langlands school
Google

The existing Langlands School building, which is based at Loreburn Park, is in a poor condition, according to the education department.

St Abbs closure - your views

Email: selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk

Andrew Hood emails: This is just a bad idea. With the number of divers all year round the need for a lifeboat in St. Abbs is paramount to ensure life is protected. Add to that the fact that Eyemouth is miles away even by sea and if there is a strong tide or swell anyone caught in trouble around the harbour (tourists...divers.....fishermen...general public) will die. The currents are that treacherous........Is this an austerity measure???? I would hope not.

Weather update

What does the weather hold this afternoon? Here is the forecast for Hawick for the rest of the day.

Hawick weather
BBC

Fire probe continues

Investigations

are continuing into a blaze at a hotel near Selkirk.

Gordon Arms
Rob Gray

The fire broke out in the roof of the Gordon Arms Inn in the Yarrow Valley shortly after 14:00 on Tuesday.

Economic goals

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

An ambitious strategy to boost Dumfries and Galloway's economy, which includes a target of having the highest number of young people in work in Scotland by 2020, has been approved by the local authority.

Other aims include reducing the wages gap by 20% between the local and national average and to see businesses grow faster than anywhere in the country.

Chair of the economy, environment and infrastructure committee, Colin Smyth, said they were going to be working with the thousands of small businesses across the region to try and boost jobs.

Goal of the month contenders

Four players with south of Scotland sides

are among the contenders for the SPFL goal of the month for April.

Queen of the South's Derek Lyle, Craig Pettigrew of Stranraer and Annan Athletic's Peter Weatherson and Ryan McStay are all in the running.

Athletes selected

Two Borders athletes have been selected for the Scottish Universities team to face Northern Ireland later this month.

West Linton's Stacey Downie will compete in the 100m and 200m at the Mary Peters Stadium in Belfast on 31 May.

Dolphinton's Jordan Charters will compete in the long jump.

Play-off dream alive

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard is dedicated to Queen of the South's hopes of turning around a 2-1 first leg play-off defeat against Rangers.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Railway cash plan formed

Peeblesshire News

Innerleithen is keen to

grab a slice of the cash available to promote the Borders railway.

Scottish Borders Council is offering up to £2,500 to each community to spend on something connected to the new railway. Community councillor Neil Cummings has got together with Innerleithen Civic Trust chairman Ross McGhin to ensure the town uses its share of the money.

Hen harrier sightings sought

Sightings of one of Britain's rarest birds of prey

have been sought by a Scottish conservation organisation.

Hen Harrier
RSPB Images

Hen harriers are large raptors found mainly in moorland areas of Scotland.

Border Amateur scores

In last night's Border Amateur Football A League, hosts Greenlaw went down 4-1 to Leithen Rovers and Stow 2-1 to their visitors, Gordon.

In the B league Earlston Rhymers were thrashed 9-1 at home by Langholm Legion. And it was another away victory - at Melrose - in Division C: Peebles won 5-2.

Tonight sees Vale of Leithen complete their Lowland League programme at BSC Glasgow. Meanwhile, in the East of Scotland First Division, Duns play Peebles Rovers, and Hawick Royal Albert host Burntisland Shipyard.

Stock car racer tributes

Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads on tributes to young stock car racer Keir Millar who died after a crash in Lochgelly.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Flood defence speed warning

Lorry drivers carrying clay to build Selkirk's flood defences are to be warned to watch their speed.

Community leaders claim some are ignoring speed limits.

The fleet of six trucks are making around 15 runs a day each from the extraction site near Midlem down through the town centre down to the River Ettrick - almost a hundred runs in total. Construction won't be finished before the autumn.

Waiting time targets

Eleanor Bradford

BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

The Scottish government

has revealed another action plan to tackle long waits in Accident and Emergency departments.

A&E
BBC

It follows a difficult winter when thousands of people waited over eight hours to be treated and discharged.

St Abbs closure - your views

Email: selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk

Cath Petrie emails: Really bad idea to close St.Abbs lifeboat station. A kick in the teeth to the volunteers past and present. Given the increase of leisure activities on and off shore it seems to be a really bad idea.

Andy Colls emails: Decision to close was based on the cost of £85,000 pa. St Abbs is extremely popular with divers and although there has been a shift of boats to Eyemouth, many of those boats take divers to St Abbs. The cost increase at Eyemouth has not been quoted by the RNLI however one life not saved as a result of the time delay and reduced local knowledge will mean this "operational" decision was extremely poorly made from afar.

David Ferguson emails: The RNLI should not be reducing any boats as the divers that use the area need a quick response and waiting for the Eyemouth boats will cost lives. I support a lot of money each year to the RNLI and would like to think all stations would remain open.

Dry day

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry day ahead across the region, with some spells of brightness and sunshine.

A pleasant feel inland, with light winds and highs of around 14 celsius.

Weather forecast
BBC

Towards the Borders coast, an easterly breeze will develop during the day, pegging temperatures back to around 11 celsius.

Slow convoy system

@gallgaz

Galloway Gazette

tweets: Very slow convoy system for roadworks on A75 between Creetown and Carsluith. Allow a few extra minutes!

Stop-go boards

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In Dumfries and Galloway - A75 E/B Crocketford - Stop/go boards controlling the flow from 08:00 17:00- all this week...

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

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