17 December 2014 Last updated at 18:39

Waving witness to A7 crash soughtCrash

Police want to trace a woman seen waving her arms to try to stop a lorry driver involved in an accident in which a pensioner was seriously hurt.

Black GrouseBlack grouse survival action call

A new report calls for "greater and more sustained co-operative action" to help threatened black grouse populations in the south of Scotland.

Black eye'Black Eye Friday' warning issued

Police in Dumfries and Galloway urge the public not to turn the night when many people start their Christmas holidays into "Black Eye Friday".

South of Scotland Live

    17:00: Nichola Rutherford BBC Scotland

    Goodnight from the Live team here in the south of Scotland. Please get in touch with us with your stories and your views on this short trial by emailing us on dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

    We'll be back with more live updates from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway from 9am tomorrow.

    16:56: Patchy rain BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    It will remain cloudy this evening and overnight with patchy rain and drizzle.

    More persistent rain arrives into the southwest later on in the night, turning heavier through Galloway at times. Lows of around 8 Celsius.

    Tomorrow it will be cloudy with some outbreaks of rain.

    16:47: Christmas refuse collection

    Scottish Borders Council tweets: No household waste collections on Xmas Day/NY Day; some changes on Boxing Day/2 Jan. Enter your postcode to check http://ow.ly/G2Cdm

    16:38: Big Burns Supper

    Event Scotland News tweets: @barnardos & @BigBurnsSupper team up for first ever charity partnership http://bit.ly/1DLRwD0 #BurnsNight #Dumfries

    Hairy haggis
    16:29: Borders thefts: police appeal

    Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses to a number of thefts.

    Two nail guns were stolen from a van in Lauder between 3.30pm on Monday and 12.30pm yesterday, when the van was parked in West High Street.

    In Dalatho Street, Peebles, a number of tools were taken from a shed and there was an attempted break-in to a garage sometime between 4.30pm on Friday and 8.15am on Yesterday.

    Inspector Carol Wood said: "We are appealing for anybody with information into these thefts and break-ins to come forward to police. I would also advise people to ensure that their property and vehicles are secure, and where possible, CCTV installed to deter thieves."

    16:15: Radio bulletins

    Don't forget to tune into your local news bulletins, broadcast live from Dumfries and Selkirk, on BBC Radio Scotland at 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

    16:04: QoS suspension latest

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard reporter Andrew McNair tweets: James Fowler says QoS to appeal Andy Dowie's 2 game suspension as player adamant he did not intend to stamp on Rangers midfielder Ian Black

    15:54: Eyemouth man on rape charge

    A Berwickshire man has appeared in private at Selkirk Sheriff Court on two rape charges.

    One of the allegations against John Michael Hutchison dates back to before the introduction of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.

    The 41-year-old from Eyemouth made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination.

    He was released on bail by Sheriff Peter Paterson.

    Selkirk MBE medal 15:41: ITV News Border

    A year after receiving the news that she was to be awarded the MBE for her services to the world of cardiology Selkirk's Wilma Gunn has at last received her medal.

    Wilma Gunn

    Wilma Gunn, from Selkirk, has spent years campaigning for heart screening for young athletes, following the death of her son.

    15:28: QoS to appeal ban.

    Queen of the South are to appeal against a two match ban for defender Andy Dowie.

    Lewis Stevenson and Andy Dowie

    He was issued with a notice of complaint by the SFA following an incident at Friday night's match against Rangers.

    He is accused of violent conduct by standing on an opposing player's leg.

    15:17: Selkirk RFC accolade

    Selkirk RFC have been named November's club of the month by Scottish Rugby.

    Selkirk RFC

    The Borders team was recognised for its continued success on the field, their ability to engage with the community and their desire to remain sustainable off the pitch.

    The first XV has won all 13 of their league division one matches to date and they are currently sitting at the top of the table on 60 points.

    Doug Ward, a representative on the Scottish Rugby Union Council, said: "The Selkirk club encapsulates the community spirit of their town and the surrounding area. On the playing side of things, they have invested time and effort in their youth and are, deservedly, reaping the rewards."

    15:03: Festive blood donation

    NHS Dumfries and Galloway tweets: @givebloodscot in #Dumfries today & tomorrow at St Georges Church Hall see website for more detail http://www.scotblood.co.uk #FestiveDonation

    14:48: Red diesel theft

    About 300 litres of red diesel have been stolen from the grounds of an industrial estate in Lauder, according to police in the Borders.

    The fuel was taken from insecure vehicles and a storage tank on the estate in Edinburgh Road at about 02:30 on Tuesday.

    A grey BMW was seen in the area at the time and police are keen to trace anyone who has observed a similar car in the area over the last couple of days.

    14:44: Unemployment low Colin Colthart BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

    Unemployment in Dumfries and Galloway has hit a new low, according to the latest figures.

    The number of people out of work and claiming job seekers allowance has dropped to 1,732.

    It equates to 1.9% of the local workforce - the first time the figure has dipped below 2% in more than eight years.

    Youth unemployment is also at an historic low, with 410 in the 18 to 24 age category currently looking for work.

    14:22: Borders wards reopen

    Part of a ward at Borders General Hospital which was closed by a flu outbreak, has reopened.

    Borders General Hospital

    Three bays in ward 10, the department of medicine for the elderly, were closed to admissions last week.

    NHS Borders said the move was a precaution after confirming the presence of influenza A.

    They said anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms should not consider visiting the hospital.

    14:06: Superb comeback

    SPFL tweets: Stranraer secure superb comeback victory at snowy Balmoor | @pfcofficial 1-4 @StranraerFC | Watch here http://spfl.co/PFCvSTR #SPFL

    13:53: Lorry crash victim 'serious'

    Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses to a road accident in which an 84-year-old woman was hit by a lorry.

    Lorry crash

    Marion Fair, from Selkirk, is in a serious but stable condition at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, following the collision on Monday.

    She was struck by an articulated lorry at about 03:15 in Market Place, Selkirk.

    13:38: Football food bank

    Selkirk Football Club are asking fans to make a donation to a local food bank before they watch the match this Saturday.

    Instead of paying the £5 entrance fee, they are being asked to hand over items like UHT milk, tinned vegetables, tinned meat, pasta, tea and coffee.

    The Souters face Gretna in a Lowland League encounter at Yarrow Park.

    13:22: Retirement costs £200,000

    Six staff seeking voluntary severance or early retirement from Scottish Borders Council would cost the authority a one-off payment of nearly £200,000.

    However, a report says recurring savings of £176,819 would be delivered annually by granting the requests.

    It means the move would pay for itself in little over a year making it an "attractive proposition" for the authority.

    13:05: 'Black Eye Friday'

    Police in Dumfries and Galloway have urged the public not to turn the night when many people start their Christmas holidays into "Black Eye Friday".

    Black eye Police Scotland said it wanted to "keep people safe" over the Christmas party season

    They have issued a list of advice in a bid to "keep people safe" over the party season.

    It also highlights the consequences of consuming excessive alcohol.

    12:51: Laughing gas warning

    Police in the Stewartry are increasingly concerned about the use of nitrous oxide by young people in the region.

    Laughing gas

    They believe youngsters are experimenting with the substance, known as "laughing gas", without being aware of the potential side effects.

    When inhaled it can make people feel euphoric and relaxed but police are warning that using it inappropriately can be fatal.

    They issued the warning after finding several distinctive small metal canisters discarded in the area.

    12:36: Quilt-maker honour Colin Colthart BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

    A Dumfriesshire woman has won recognition from Downing Street for her work in creating quilts designed to stimulate memories in people with Alzheimers.

    Quilts at Hampden

    Ann Hill, of Mouswald, is to receive a Points of Light Award, an accolade put in place by the Prime Minister to recognise people making a difference to their communities and who inspire others.

    She spearheaded a project which saw Scotland's national stadium covered in more than 5,000 quilts to raise awareness of dementia.

    Sales of the garments have have raised £50,000 for Alzheimer Scotland.

    12:31: Mild temperatures BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A largely cloudy day with outbreaks of some light rain and drizzle on and off, but patchier this afternoon.

    Mild with highs into double digits as temperatures reach 10 or 11 Celsius and winds from the west moderate in strength, fresh at times around the coasts.

    Remaining cloudy this evening and overnight with patchy rain and drizzle.

    12:16: Tune in

    Don't miss the remaining radio bulletins for today from our Selkirk and Dumfries offices.

    Radio desk

    All the latest news, sport, travel and weather coming up at 12:30, 16:30 and 17:30.

    Then we are back tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

    12:08: Your views

    Let us know what you think of this trial live page service for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

    Send your views to dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

    New food bank 11:55: The Peebleshire News

    Families struggling to make ends meet have been offered a lifeline with the launch of a new food bank service in the Borders.

    food bank

    The initiative has been set up principally for the parishes of West Linton, Carlops and Kirkurd and Newlands.

    11:38: Mixed reports

    A home care service for people with additional needs in the Scottish Borders has received mixed reports on two of its areas of operation.


    The Care Inspectorate praised Todlaw Housing Support's work in Jedburgh as having "clear evidence of a very good service".

    However, there were "serious concerns" about its operations in Duns with care and management branded weak.

    11:22: Youth team success

    Queens Trust tweets: Well done to the Queens U20s last night: Clyde 1 Queens 7

    Queen of the South team
    11:09: Plough boost Angela Soave BBC Scottish Borders

    Oxton has its own snow plough - not a moment too soon!

    Snow plough

    The tiny tractor - with snow clearing attachment - arrived just in time for this month's wintry weather.

    It comes courtesy of a windfarm windfall. SSE who run nearby Toddleburn contributed £11,500.

    10:56: Budget challenge

    People are being given the chance to have their say on how Scottish Borders Council should prioritise its budget over the next four years with the launch of a budget simulator.

    Scottish Borders Council

    The online tool at https://scotborders.budgetsimulator.com gives Borderers the challenge of balancing the books, with a budget of just over £252m per year to be distributed across the council's main areas, covering services such as education, social work and roads.

    10:41: The Border Telegraph

    A road accident in Selkirk in which a woman was hit by a lorry makes the front page of The Border Telegraph today.

    Border Telegraph
    10:25: Council Q&A

    Scottish Borders Council tweets: We host another Q&A from 11am to 12noon today on our winter service. Submit a question using the #sbcwinter hashtag http://ow.ly/G1KDx

    10:11: Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    No prizes for guessing what game takes centre stage on the back page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard today.

    Standard back page
    09:57: Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    A vandal attack at a Dumfries school takes up the front page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard today.

    Standard front page
    09:42: No pool death charges

    No criminal charges will be brought over the death of a three-year-old girl who drowned in a hotel swimming pool in Lancashire.

    Jane Bell, from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, got into difficulty at the Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade in St Annes on 14 August.

    09:25: Grouse protection call

    A new report has called for "greater and more sustained co-operative action" to help save threatened black grouse populations in the south of Scotland.

    Black Grouse

    Scottish Natural Heritage said the birds faced "continued pressures" across the area.

    09:07: A75 accident

    A motorist has suffered a head injury in a two car crash on the A75 Gretna to Stranraer Euroroute.

    The collision happened shortly before 7am near to the Eastriggs turn-off between Annan at Gretna.

    The road is partly blocked and police are directing traffic.

    09:03: Cloudy day BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A predominately cloudy day and rather dull at times, with outbreaks of patchy light rain and drizzle on and off.

    Some bright moments in the eastern Borders perhaps.

    The morning will likely be drier than the afternoon, but it's mild.

    Highs by mid-afternoon into double digits, with temperatures reaching 10 or 11 Celsius and winds from the west moderate in strength, fresh at times around the coasts.

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

    Good morning and welcome once more to our trial south of Scotland live page.

    Stay here for all the news from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders throughout the day.

    Email us your views on our coverage to selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or dumfries@bbc.co.uk.




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