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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 10 June
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 11 June

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, enjoy the sunshine if you get the chance.

We'll be back tomorrow with more news, sport, travel and weather from across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

If you're out and about and spot a sunny scene, why not email us your pictures to dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

Crash death tributes

Berwickshire News

Tributes have been paid to the Duns woman

who died after a collision involving her car and a tractor and trailer near Chirnside last week.

Caroline Taylor-Smith, aged 18, suffered serious injuries when her Fiat Panda collided with the tractor and trailer on the A6105 near Chirnside, at 1.45pm on Monday, June 1.

She was attended by a trauma team and airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary but died from her injuries on Wednesday evening (June 3).

More sun to come

Looks like the weather could be set pretty fair for tomorrow...

Sunny forecast
BBC

Sunny evening

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry, warm and sunny evening with temperatures inland tying into the high teens, even after 6pm.

Always cooler around the coast but still pleasant with light winds. This evening and overnight, it stays dry with clear spells. Lows around 7 to 9 celsius in town.

Radio time

It is almost 16:30 so get your dial turned to Radio Scotland ready for our news opts for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

More to come at 17:30 and then we are back in the morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Annan summer football views

Annan Athletic chairman Henry McClelland has given his views of a potential switch to summer football.

He said the move could benefit the national side.

Henry McLelland
BBC

"We need to align a fixture calendar more with the international calendar," he said.

"That is maybe being driven by the top end of the game but I really think it is important that we try and get Scotland back up the table, up the league of coefficients."

Council debt written off

Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

Scottish Borders Council wrote off debts totalling £627,000 in the last financial year -

an increase on the £575,000 which was written off in 2013/14 but less than the £1.02m incurred the year before that.

The figure includes £239,900 in Council Tax, £14,500 in non-domestic business rates, £16,000 in overpayments of housing benefits and £357,200 in "sundry debt", much of which relates to unpaid charges for social work services.

Roadworks ongoing

@BBCTravelScot

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

tweets: Dumfries & Galloway the A711 Dundrennan to Kirkcarswell road is closed for roadworks between 8 & 5 each day until the end of the month. T.T

Porn jail warning

A Dumfries man who admitted being in possession of extreme pornographic images

has been told he could face a jail term.

Euan McKean, 28, of Broomlands Drive, heard guidelines indicated he should be given a prison sentence.

He committed the offence between April 2013 and January this year. He also admitted downloading indecent images of children during the same period.

Sheriff George Jamieson deferred sentence to 15 July.

Scottish title hopes

Border Telegraph

More than 1,000 young athletes will head for Grangemouth this week

looking to land a coveted Scottish Schools title.

And amongst them are around a dozen serious medals contenders from the Borders.

Indecency incident appeal

Police in Edinburgh have released CCTV images of a man

they want to trace in connection with a public indecency incident on a bus.

CCTV images
Police Scotland

The incident involving a young woman happened between 20:10 and 21:00 on a Stagecoach bus which travelled from Dumfries to Edinburgh on 20 May.

Summer at last?

Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

@conor3000

tweets: @BBCSouthScot There's a couple of clouds over Moffat, still too warm...

Bogus caller warning

Police have issued a bogus caller warning after an incident at about 11am yesterday in Earlston.

A man called at a house in the area stating that he was there to quote for some work to a tree.

He was approximately 30 years old, 5ft 8in tall with short black hair and was wearing a high visibility waistcoat and jeans.

He spoke with an eastern European accent. On being challenged the man immediately left in a white transit van.

Summer is here?

Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

@EyemouthHarbour

tweets: @BBCSouthScot It's great with us over on the east coast in #Eyemouth #summershere

Eyemouth Harbour
Eyemouth Harbour

Viking raid

One of the most important hoards of Viking treasure ever found in Scotland

could go on display in Kirkcudbright.

Treasure
BBC

Efforts are being made to secure the haul for exhibition in a planned "art gallery of national significance" in the town.

Summer football - your views

Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

@Jayne1919

tweets: @BBCSouthScot @OfficialQosFC agree with our chairman. Don't want summer football. Do other things in summer.

Missing woman update

Police have issued an up to date picture of Paula Devlin, the 23-year-old woman missing from Wanlockhead.

Paula Devlin
Police Scotland

Break-in witness appeal

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following a break-in in Hawick.

The incident happened around 2.30am today at a residential property in Mill Path.

Mill Path
Google

The occupants were disturbed and awoke to discover that entry had been forced to their property and various personal items, including jewellery, had been taken.

Carmichael banned

Melrose's Lewis Carmichael was yesterday handed a nine-week ban for foul play while playing for Scotland Under 20 in the Junior World Championship match against Ireland.

Lewis scored tries against Ireland and New Zealand at the event in Italy, but will take no further part in the competition.

3G pitch plans

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Plans for Peebles's new 3G pitch go on display in the town this Friday.

Three potential sites are being considered.

Victoria Park
Jim Barton

Originally, the preferred location for a 3G pitch was on the playing fields at Craigerne Lane, beside Peebles High School.

But thanks to feedback from a public exhibition in February, the council is now proposing three possible sites: two in the Craigerne Lane area, one in nearby Victoria Park.

Another exhibition is being held in the High School on Friday between 3pm and 7pm.

Fans set for festival

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Up to 7,500 people are expected for this year's Eden Music Festival in Dumfriesshire.

The four-day event which opens tomorrow features some 250 acts including headliners Miss Dynamite and Grand Master Flash.

Set in the Raehills Meadows near Beattock, the stages and other attractions have been crafted out of timber from trees felled on the estate.

Funding approved

Two Borders projects are to receive cash from the Landfill Communities Fund.

Rock UK will get just under £29,000 to help pay for a £90,000 bike skills and pump track near Newcastleton.

Kirkhope Hall
Oliver Dixon

And, up the Ettrick Valley, £16,000 has been awarded to Kirkhope Parish Hall for an extension. Both grants were agreed by members of the Scottish Borders Council executive.

Plenty of sunshine

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry day with plenty of sunshine across the area.

However, a few patchy clouds will form in the afternoon over high ground. It will feel warm in the sunshine with the temperature climbing up to around 20 Celsius in Kelso.

It will be somewhat cooler along the east coast with light onshore breezes developing.

Tune in

Don't miss our local radio bulletins at 12:30 today from Dumfries and Selkirk.

Tune in for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from our region.

On a clear day...

@EyemouthHarbour

@EyemouthHarbour

tweets: Good morning MS Hanseatic - welcome to #Eyemouth #cruise

Cruise ship
Eyemouth Harbour

Transport consultation

A comprehensive three-month consultation exercise is about to get under way as Scottish Borders Council looks to shape its transport and access strategy for the coming years.

Bike tyre
Thinkstock

The questions asked are wide-ranging, but the aim is to ensure that the Borders has the right focus when it comes to everything from walking and cycling to road and rail infrastructure.

Rugby role

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard covers a rugby call-up for a local police officer.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Learning town designs on show

Dumfries Learning Town designs are going on show over the next few days.

Dumfries and Galloway Council
Dumfries and Galloway Council

The plans would see the redevelopment of four secondary schools, the delivery of a "learning hub", provision of accommodation for children with additional needs and property issues addressed at four primary schools.

The proposals are on show at:

  • Saturday 13 June - The Stove, High Street
  • Monday 15 June - Maxwelltown High School
  • Tuesday 16 June - St Joseph's College
  • Wednesday 17 June - Dumfries Academy
  • Thursday 18 June - Dumfries High School

Missing woman plea

Family and police are growing concerned for the welfare of 23-year-old Paula Rebecca Devlin who has gone missing from New Row in Wanlockhead.

She hasn't been seen since May.

She is described as of slim build, about 5ft 5in tall with long, jet black, dyed hair and wears dark fake tan and make up.

Swan rescue

A swan rescued by two police officers

was taken to safety in the back of a patrol car.

Swan in a van
Police Scotland

PC Lisa Ritchie and her colleague PC Ryan Campbell spotted the swan on a road in Tongland near Kirkcudbright.

Unhappy area?

The happiest people in Scotland are women aged over 65 who live in the Highlands,

according to a report.

The Bank of Scotland's new happiness index attempts to quantify how happy people are in the communities in which they live.

The south of Scotland features 8th out of 11 regions - below the Scottish average.

Carers event

A special event at Tweed Horizons in Newtown St Boswells today aims to offer help and support to carers.

Tweed Horizons
Graham Ellis

The event, called "The Scottish Borders - A Carer Friendly Community?", is open to unpaid carers, service users, and health and social care providers.

Golf plan bunkered?

Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads on potential problems for a £60m golf hotel project in Dumfries.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Drugs arrest

@NithsdalePolice

Nithsdale Police

tweets: Male arrested after a quantity of drugs were recovered in Dumfries yesterday. #keepingpeoplesafe

'Don't see the benefit'

Queen of the South chairman Billy Hewitson has voiced his doubts about any move to summer football.

He told the BBC: "I don't see the benefit of summer football as far as the financial position of the clubs would be concerned.

Billy Hewitson
BBC

"There are so many other things happening in the summer that would compete against football.

"And it is the busiest holiday period."

Summer switch?

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Scotland

Three-quarters of Scotland's top-flight clubs

have told BBC Scotland they would consider a move to summer football.

A survey of all 42 senior clubs found 27 would be in favour of examining the possibility, including nine from the 12-team Premiership.

'Embrace the railway'

A report on the economic opportunities of the train line between the Borders and Edinburgh

has urged businesses to "embrace the railway".

Train
Borders Railway

The 118-page Midlothian and Borders Tourism Destination Audit identified a string of strengths and weaknesses.

Bridge inspection

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

A74(M) - there will be lane closures both ways today between Junction 16 Johnstonebridge and Junction 17 Lockerbie North - that's for bridge inspection work.

Restrictions on the A75 in both directions between A714 Wigtown Road and A712.

And on the A76, Enterkinfoot, temporary lights still in place at Hell's Cauldron.