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  1. Updates for Thursday 18 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday

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

Goodnight from another busy day in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Join us tomorrow morning from 09:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather from southern Scotland on the final day of our short trial service.

Don't miss the remaining radio bulletins of today at 17:30.

And let us know your thoughts of this service on or

Appeal fails

Andrew McNair

tweets: QoS defender Andy Dowie fails in bid to overturn two game ban for standing on Ian Black on Friday night #championship

'Great spectacle'

National Trust Scotland

tweets: It's a great spectacle to see these pink-footed geese coming into roost on Threave Estate

NAtional Trust Scotland

Radio bulletins

Remember to tune in for the last two radio bulletins of the day from Selkirk and Dumfries.

All the latest news for the south of Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30.

Great Tapestry in Tweedbank - Your views

James D, Galashiels: Great coup for the Borders but looking at the bigger picture it is the wrong place. The tapestry should be situated in a more central Scottish location.

Spending query

The Berwickshire News

tweets: How should SBC be spending public money?: Local residents are being given the chance again to have their say

Cricket boost

A Dumfries cricket club has received a pre-Christmas windfall to help establish a free coaching and fitness programme for schools.

St Michael's Cricket Club

St Michael's Cricket Club was awarded £2,500 as part of a community grant scheme run by Scottish Sea Farms.

Railway break

Borders Railway

tweets: Rail installation will begin again in January - read our latest update at #tracklaying

Track laying
Borders Railway

Your views

What do you think of our trial live news service for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders?

Let us know your views on or

Ward closed

A sickness bug has prompted the "precautionary" closure of ward 16 at Dumfries Infirmary to new admissions.

Dumfries Infirmary

NHS Dumfries and Galloway said norovirus had not been confirmed at this stage.

A total of five patients and one member of staff have been affected.

Flat fire

The Galloway Gazette

tweets: Incident on Victoria Street in #NewtonStewart as fire brigade deal with fire in flat next to Semi Chem which has been closed as a precaution

Strong winds

Traffic Scotland

tweets: *High Winds* remain on #M74 between J12 & J14 #LooseTheBrolly #DriveSafe #StaySafe

Traffic Scotland

Great Tapestry in Tweedbank - Your views

Michael, Edinburgh: The people who want the Tapestry exhibited in Edinburgh/Glasgow miss a number of points.

Are these cities to mirror the south east of England where Westminster neglects the rest of the UK?

If we have any hope of developing our WHOLE COUNTRY we must disperse our attractions.

Charles Pilgrim: It struck me that an ideal location would be in the mills of New Lanark.

It is a more central Scottish location than the Borders, shares a similar weaving heritage which has international fame, and already has the visitor infrastructure required for such an item.

Police probe lock-up raid

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Police are probing a £20,000 raid on lock-up units in Kirkcudbright.

Locked gate

The thieves struck in the early hours of Wednesday morning at the old Shell depot yard in Dee Walk.

Their haul included car diagnostic equipment and a hydraulic drill.

They also made off with a white Fiat Hymer camper van with the registration plate PN04 DLE.

Tapestry plan approved

Angela Soave

BBC Scottish Borders

Councillors in the Borders have agreed to provide funding to bring the Great Tapestry Of Scotland to Tweedbank.

Consultants forecast it will bring money to the local economy - and directly provide the equivalent of 17 full time jobs.

But Conservatives were unhappy no attempt was made to source private investment before, they said, public money was committed. They warned services would suffer.

Great Tapestry in Tweedbank - Your views

Alastair Bannerman: Tweedbank is a "new town" with no history and no heritage!

Ask 100 people outside the Borders where Tweedbank is, and 90 will say they don't know.

Hawick is the largest town in the Borders and has a proud heritage in the textile trade, and despite dwindling retail outlets and many promises from politicians at all levels of government to address the problems of Hawick, an opportunity to house the Tapestry in Hawick was torpedoed before it was considered!

Top baby names

National Records of Scotland (NRS) figures have revealed the

top babies names registered in Scotland for 2014.


The breakdown in Dumfries and Gallloway is as outlined below.

Boys: 1 Jack, 2= James & Logan, 4=Archie & Charlie, 6= Daniel & Oscar, 8= Connor, Ethan, John & William.

Girls: 1= Ava & Jessica, 3 Ellie, 4 Lucy, 5= Emily, Lexi, Molly, 8= Lacey & Sophie, 10= Amelia, Annan, Freya, Leah.

In the Scottish Borders it is as listed.

Boys: 1 Jack, 2 James, 3 Noah, 4 Lewis, 5 Archie, 6= Alexander, Finlay, Max & Oliver, 10= Harris, Logan & Thomas.

Girls: 1 Sophie, 2= Emily & Lily, 4= Ava & Olivia, 6= Charlotte, Chloe & Jessica, 9= Alice, Ellie, Elsie, Eva, Evie, Millie, Phoebe, Poppy & Ruby.

Great Tapestry in Tweedbank - Your views

Harry Rather: Moving the tapestry to Tweedbank is a ridiculous idea. There are many towns in the Borders dying because of ridiculous planning decisions.

Look at Galashiels for example where all roads lead to Tesco at the expense of local traders.

Why move the Tapestry to a housing estate? Because that's what Tweedbank is. Move it to more deserving place that's been around for hundreds of years. Selkirk, Gala or Hawick.

Sprint date

More than 30 of the fastest men and women from the Borders will compete for the world's oldest footrace at the end of this month.

Anne Burgess

Heats of the New Year Sprint, which dates back to 1870, take place on Musselburgh Racecourse on Hogmanay with the cross ties and finals the following day.

Great Tapestry in Tweedbank - Your views

Frances Rankin: Sorry, but I think it should be found a home more centrally situated.

Wanda Gillespie: I would be very disappointed if the Tapestry were housed permanently in the Borders as I think it should be kept in the central belt where it will be much easier for visitors to have access to it.

Probably Stirling is a good place as it is so central or Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Moore joins hospital campaign

Borders MP Michael Moore has joined a campaign against

any threat of closure of local community hospitals.

Hawick hospital
Walter Baxter

NHS Borders is currently carrying out a review of four hospitals in Peebles, Hawick, Duns and Kelso.

Mr Moore has written to the health board to urge them to keep the facilities open.

Rain becoming patchier

BBC Scotland Weather


Remaining rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain or drizzle, some of it heavier and more persistent for a time, especially for western upslopes.

The rain becoming patchier and more showery as we head through the rest of the afternoon.

Some brighter spells developing for the Lothians and eastern Borders. Still on the mild side with highs of 10 or 11 Celsius.

Great Tapestry in Tweedbank - Your views

Ms T Jack, Edinburgh: Housing the Tapestry at Tweedbank is a great idea.  Why don't Borders Council launch an appeal to raise funds to assist towards the cost of a new building?

W Cumming, stitcher on two panels: I think Borders council should go ahead with the proposal for the tapestry. It is an imaginative decision. Others who might want the tapestry on a permanent basis should stand up and be counted.

Ashley Fraser: Tweedbank! really. No I don't think so, what's wrong with the Textile Tower House in Hawick, would save costs on building another building and Hawick is known world wide for its quality textiles.

Great Tapestry latest

Angela Soave

BBC Scottish Borders

Siting the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank could provide the equivalent of 17 full time jobs, according to a consultant's report

Jura Consultants are delivering their study to the council right now.

They also consider the project would return a "modest...but robust" surplus.

Radio news

Tune in at 12:30 for all the latest from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders in our local radio bulletins.

Radio desk

Asbestos dumped

The Peeblesshire News

tweets: Plea to public after asbestos dumped on local road

New rules

The Border Telegraph

tweets: Council unveils new rules for public deputations

Great Tapestry in Tweedbank - Your views

Anonymous: Having studied at Heriot Watt in the 1980s I don't remember Tweedbank being a particularly picturesque place to visit! 

Anonymous: No way is Tweedbank right place unless serious double up for transport with Abbotsford. Could it not be at Abbotsford? There are no other tourist attractions at Tweedbank. Hawick is a good idea.

Anonymous: It is a case of making this wonderful national piece of art available for view to the greatest number of people. It is obvious that a far greater number of Scots and foreigners will have the opportunity to see the tapestry if housed in either Edinburgh or Glasgow, may also quickly recover costs.

Budget savings tabled

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

Proposed budget savings tabled to Dumfries and Galloway Council at its full meeting today.

£6.543m in 2015/16, £11.348m for 2016/17 and £10.964m in 2017/18.

No other parties have put forward alternative budgets to the Labour administration.

Galloway News

Today's front page of the Galloway News features a warning to teenagers risking inhaling laughing gas.

Galloway news
Galloway news

Great Tapestry in Tweedbank - Your views

B Craxton: Good Lord! Yes by all means if you wish to throw away money at an astronomical rate then by all means feel free.

To spend a cumulative £5m with such a low return in the hopes that people will travel to such a remote location in the hope that it will create a hub is in my opinion insane ... financial suicide.

I was born in Scotland and live in Vancouver BC Canada, have no clue where this town you wish to place the tapestry is and the likelihood of me making the journey there is zero.

Strong winds

BBC Scotland Travel


A74(M) between J14 Moffat and J13 Abington- Police suggest strong winds are causing difficult driving conditions.

'Not spot' action

An agreement has been reached between the government and the country's biggest mobile networks

to improve mobile coverage across the UK.

Mobile phone

EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have agreed to invest £5bn and guarantee coverage across 90% of the UK by 2017.

The move should reduce the number of "not-spots", areas of patchy coverage.

Great Tapestry in Tweedbank - Your views

Alison: Sorry. But where is Tweedbank?

Majella Fergus: In fact I believe the best home for the tapestry should be in Inverness and certainly NOT the Border region which has, throughout most of Scotland's history, changed hands from Scotland to England and back.

The tapestry should reside in the Northern region of Scotland as this remains the most intrinsically Scottish part.

Shirley: Yes I think the Scottish Borders should be the home for The Scottish Tapestry.

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Protesters gather

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Protesters have gathered outside Dumfries and Galloway Council

to demonstrate against proposed cuts to education in the region.


They are concerned over moves which could see 52 full-time posts go including specialist teachers and classroom assistants.

Dowie appeal

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South defender Andy Dowie will find out later today if his appeal against a two-match ban has been successful.

He is facing the suspension over allegations that he deliberately stood on an opponent's leg during the match with Rangers on Friday night.

Tapestry talks

Borders councillors are to decide whether to go ahead with building

a permanent home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland, at Tweedbank.

Tapestry Bannockburn
Alex Hewitt

The Scottish government has pledged £2.5m towards the scheme.

However, that still means Scottish Borders Council would have to allocate up to £3.5m.

The Southern Reporter

The Southern Reporter is out today and leads on the story of a former Borders police officer who has been jailed for a string of sex crimes.

Front page
Southern Reporter

Travel latest

On the A75 there's on-going cabling operations between Newton Stewart and Glenluce.

You'll also encounter roadworks today between Creetown and Gatehouse.

Temporary lights on the A76 at Enterkinfoot. And on the A701 Dumfries to Beattock Road, stop-go boards will be in use between Parkgate and St Ann's.