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  1. Pupil return is 'moving in the right direction'

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

    Jeff Leaver, who chairs the education committee on Dumfries and Galloway Council, says everything possible has been done to prepare for the first group of pupils going back to school in the region.

    "Across the council our teams have been putting plans in place to make sure that when our schools re-open parents can be confident that all arrangements are in place for the safe reintroduction to learning," he said.

    "Bringing our youngest and oldest pupils back to school is such a positive step where we begin to see some light towards the re-opening of our school buildings.

    "There will be a lot of challenges ahead but we are moving in the right direction."

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    Video caption: Covid in Scotland: Police confront rules breach partygoers

    A BBC team spent a night alongside police as they responded to reports of illegal lockdown gatherings.

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    Video caption: Swan rescued after hours on frozen loch

    Rescuers have come the aid of a swan trapped for hours on a frozen Scottish loch.

  5. Nationwide move to level 4 an 'over-reaction' says Dumfries and Galloway Council leader

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

    Dumfries and Galloway Council leader Elaine Murray says she feels taking the region from level one to level four on 26 December is too extreme.

    "In my personal view placing the whole of mainland Scotland in level four on Boxing Day is an over-reaction," she says.

    "Dumfries and Galloway will have been in level one for 15 days by then and so far we have continued to meet the criteria for that level.

    "It feels as if businesses in Dumfries and Galloway are being penalised for problems elsewhere in the country - many businesses must be despairing now."