26 January 2015 Last updated at 16:56

Scottish cabinet comes to DumfriesScottish cabinet

The Scottish cabinet meets in Dumfries as it takes its proceedings around the country in a bid to be more "open and accessible".

L/Bombardier Parkinson with members of the Yeoman of the Guard after receiving his MBE medalOxygen therapy for injured soldier

An injured paratrooper from Doncaster starts an oxygen treatment to help his speech and memory at a clinic in the Borders.

WhitsandsFlooding plans put under scrutiny

A life-size model of an embankment planned to protect part of Dumfries from flooding goes on display in the town.

South of Scotland Live

    17:00: Giancarlo Rinaldi South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    That's it for a busy day with the Scottish cabinet in town in Dumfries.

    Join us again tomorrow from 9am for more news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

    @gallgaz 16:49: Curling triumph Galloway Gazette

    tweets: Congratulations to Stoneykirk curler Naomi Brown after her rink won the Scottish Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen yesterday.

    16:38: Chilly end to the day BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A chilly end to the day, with the fresh west or northwesterly winds continuing to bring the odd isolated shower in from the west; these mainly affecting Galloway, and perhaps wintry over the hills.

    Otherwise it'll be dry with some clear spells this evening.

    An early dip in temperatures, but then cloud will steadily increase overnight, and it'll become milder, with some light rain filtering in through the early hours.

    Temperatures by the early hours of around 3 Celsius.

    16:34: Oxygen treatment

    A soldier who suffered devastating injuries in Afghanistan has started oxygen treatment to help his speech and memory.

    Ben Parkinson in an oxygen chamber

    Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, 30, from Doncaster, was left brain damaged and lost both his legs after a bomb attack in 2006.

    He is undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment at Castle Craig Hospital in Peeblesshire.

    16:29: Game in good health Phil Goodlad BBC Scotland

    Scottish Rugby is in a better shape at all levels than it was when Mark Dodson became chief executive in 2011, according to the man himself.

    Scotland against New Zealand

    Dodson pointed out that the national body's debt, which once stood at around £25m, is now down to "£9m-10m".

    16:13: Radio bulletins

    Remember to tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for our last radio bulletins of the day.

    More to come from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

    15:59: Milk price action call

    Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead is to call for action at a European level to help dairy farmers who have been hit by falling milk prices.


    Mr Lochhead will discuss the issue at a meeting of the Council of Ministers in Brussels.

    15:47: Case deserted

    The case against an 81-year-old woman accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist by driving carelessly has been deserted.

    Dumfries Sheriff Court

    Roberta Kirk, of Thornhill, had previously denied the charge at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

    Her car hit a motorbike driven by Michael Blair, 41, of Auchinleck, on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road near Drumlanrig Castle in July 2013.

    He later died of his injuries in the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

    15:37: Sedgefield success

    Langholm trainer James Ewart enjoyed success at Sedgefield at the weekend winning the showpiece race on Sunday with his veteran chaser Sa Suffit - a 12/1 winner.


    There was also success for Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick at the meeting aboard Sir Mangan.

    15:21: Galashiels rail works

    A temporary one-way system in Galashiels town centre to allow for the safe construction of a new railway station has ended.

    laying the track

    The traffic arrangements were needed to allow the railway track formation to be installed, a new retaining wall to be built and the station platform to be installed.

    15:06: New theatre opened

    Humza Yousaf, the Scottish government's minister for external affairs, and Dumfries Provost Ted Thompson officially opened the newest performance space in Dumfries last night.

    Humza Yousaf and Ted Thompson open theatre space

    Studio 1 will be used initially as a venue for shows and events during the Big Burns Supper festival.

    The space in the centre of Dumfries will then be made available to the community as a legacy of the event.

    Before the official opening, Mr Yousaf and Mr Thompson led the carnival procession through the town.

    14:52: Flood barrier Willie Johnston BBC Scotland

    A life-size model of an embankment planned to protect part of Dumfries from flooding has gone on display.

    Flood barrier

    The five-metre mound has been built at the Whitesands, which is regularly inundated by the River Nith.

    @peeblesnews 14:38: Crew conquers Peeblesshire News

    tweets: Carnethy crew conquer the Burns http://bit.ly/1z12Rdh

    14:25: Weather warning

    The Met Office has issued a weather warning for snow for much of Scotland in the week ahead.

    Met Office
    @GallowayNews 14:09: Successful campaign Galloway News

    tweets: A Stewartry campaign to gather clothes for people in Iraq has had huge success. fb.me/71NPc63Wn

    13:56: Scottish cabinet visit

    The Scottish cabinet is in Dumfries today and has been visiting a number of locations in the area.

    Scottish cabinet

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil were taken a tour of a below market rent house development in the town.

    13:46: Dumfries and Galloway rugby Sandra Brown BBC Scotland

    It was a good weekend for Dumfries Saints and Annan who both picked up valuable wins in their respective leagues.

    Dumfries remain second, one point behind National League Division three leaders Lasswade, following their 24-7 win over Perthshire at Park Farm.

    In the regional leagues, Annan remain in the West One danger zone but picked up a surprising and much needed 29-12 victory over fourth placed Allan Glens.

    In the same division, Newton Stewart dropped one place to sixth as they swapped places with hosts Helensburgh, who moved up following their 37-20 win.

    It was a tighter game in West 3, where Wigtownshire picked up a bonus point, but lost out 18-17 at home to Cumnock who moved into second spot.

    @russellbrownmp 13:30: Russell Brown MP

    Russell Brown MP tweets: Visit to the Jane Haining memorial in Dunscore with Dfs Academy pupils @louise_ailsa and @frazer_mclean #MemoryMakers

    Russell Brown
    13:14: Borders rugby round-up

    All three BT Premiership Borders rugby sides were away from home at the weekend - and all three recorded wins.

    Rugby ball

    For Melrose it was the challenge of runaway league leaders Heriots at Goldenacre, and they triumphed 14-12.

    At Meggetland, Gala edged out Boroughmuir 5-3 while Hawick beat hosts Stirling 22-15 to hoist themselves to fifth place.

    It was not so good for Kelso in the National League though, suffering a 47-15 defeat from Stewarts/Melville.

    Selkirk and Jed-forest saw their away games called off, but Peebles recorded a handy 35-22 win over guests Marr.

    12:58: Bus crash driver avoids jail Berwickshire News

    A Cockburnspath man whose careless driving caused the death of an elderly ex-serviceman in a traffic accident has avoided prison.

    Colin Snell,69, failed to stop at a give way sign at a junction on the A1087 road near Dunbar on September 18, 2013.

    12:44: Hearing loss impact

    Nine of Scotland's 14 health boards have said they are facing increased demand from people with hearing loss.


    Five NHS boards said that there was an increase in waiting times in the past two years as a result.

    Among the audiology services which replied saying that increased demand had impacted on their service in the past two years was NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

    12:28: Isolated showers BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A chilly but bright afternoon to come, with some good spells of sunshine.

    Fresh west or northwesterly winds may bring an isolated shower in from the west.

    12:14: Bulletin time

    Tune it at 12:30 for all the latest in our radio bulletins from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios.

    Radio desk

    More to come at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

    @bordertelegraph 12:01: Award winner Border Telegraph

    tweets: Weir's way to speaker's award http://bit.ly/1yktSo0

    @BBCSouthScot 11:47: Get involved

    Graham Keir tweeted us his pictures of the Big Burns Supper carnival on Sunday night.

    Big Burns Supper

    If you were at the event, why not tweet us your images from the occasion?

    11:44: Radio move

    TD1 Radio, the community radio station based in Galashiels, could be available on FM in and around the town by the end of March.

    Established in December 2008, the non-profit making company has been broadcasting on-line, but was granted a full FM licence some time ago.

    11:29: Youth appointment

    Councillors in the Borders have agreed, in principle, to pupils being represented on meetings of the executive committee which oversees education.

    Scottish Borders Council

    The move was unopposed at a meeting of the executive, although how the young people should be appointed has still to be determined.

    @scotborders 11:14: Registration scheme Scottish Borders Council

    tweets: 100 days until #GE2015. The registration system changed recently. Check if you are registered under the new system - http://ow.ly/HVGD6

    11:03: Youth leader honoured Nichola Rutherford BBC Scotland

    A youth leader could be honoured in his home town of Dumfries, more than 40 years after he died.

    John "Stoney" Smith ran clubs for young people from the 1940s until his death in 1973.

    Stoney Smith

    Hundreds of girls and boys went to the Bordereaux Health and Strength clubs to learn gymnastics, athletics and boxing.

    Now plans are under way to put up a plaque in memory of the legendary local figure.

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot 10:50: Get in touch

    Let us know what is happening where you are and your thoughts of this live page service.

    You can email dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or tweet us on @BBCSouthScot.

    10:37: Stranraer's lead cut BBC Sport Scotland

    Stranraer's lead over Forfar Athletic at the top of Scottish League One was cut to just one point at the weekend following a draw with Airdrieonians.

    Jon McShane headed the visitors ahead with just three minutes of regulation time remaining.

    However, James Lister nodded in to level the game in the second-last minute.

    @ScotGovFM 10:23: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweets: FM @NicolaSturgeon picking songs on @WestSoundFM Breakfast with Tommy Jardine. #DJFM #DGCab

    First Minister
    10:05: Annan regain play-off spot BBC Sport Scotland

    Annan Athletic beat Berwick Rangers on Saturday and replaced them in Scottish League Two's top four.

    Stuart McColm converted David Hopkirk's cross to give Annan the lead and Josh Todd slotted in their second.

    09:53: Town routes closed

    Motorists in two Borders towns are facing route diversions for the next few weeks.

    Road closed sign

    Closures and diversions will be in place in Peebles and Galashiels to allow for water and gas works.

    09:38: Queens drop down BBC Sport Scotland

    Dylan McGeouch and Scott Robertson were on target as Hibernian secured victory at Queen of the South at the weekend.

    Hibernian players celebrating

    Results elsewhere also went against the Doonhamers as Falkirk beat Hearts to leapfrog the Dumfries side into the last play-off spot.

    09:25: Cabinet in Dumfries

    The Scottish cabinet is meeting in Dumfries as it takes its proceedings around the country.

    Scottish cabinet 2014

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says it is to give ministers an insight into the issues affecting local areas and to let the public question them.

    09:13: Travel news

    Traffic controls remain in place on the A75 at Glenluce. And there are on-going roadworks between Stranraer and Dunragit.

    Temporary lights also in use on the A76 at Enterkinfoot and on the A77 between Cairnryan and Innermessan.

    No problems at the moment with Irish Sea Ferry services or local rail travel.

    09:06: Brighter day BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A much brighter but colder day to come across the south, with some sunshine.

    Fresh west or northwesterly winds will bring scattered showers in from the west, these mainly affecting Galloway, and turning wintry over the hills.

    Showers are most likely during the morning; the afternoon will be mainly dry and bright. It'll be noticeably colder than yesterday, at 5 to 7 Celsius.

    09:00: Giancarlo Rinaldi South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    Good morning and welcome to another day of live news from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

    Stay with us until 17:00 for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from the area.




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