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  1. Updates for Monday 15 June
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 16 June

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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  1. Chance of a shower

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A cloudy end to the day with the chance of a light shower. This evening and overnight, cloud slowly thickens with some light rain or drizzle around the coast and moving east through Galloway towards Dumfries and the western Borders.

    The coastline may be a little murky around the Rhins of Galloway with some patches of low cloudy. Temperatures hold in double digits overnight with lows around 10 to 12C.

  2. Police taxi plea

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    A postman convicted of stealing packages worth £4,000 should have his taxi driver's licence suspended, according to Police Scotland.

    Chief Inspector Andrew Mclean has written to Scottish Borders Council's licensing committee, asking them to suspend Kevan Millar's licence immediately.

    Millar, of Hawick, was jailed for four months on May 5 after he admitted taking the packages between January 2010 and December last year.

    Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard that he committed the crimes to pay for his gambling addiction.

  3. Handbag theft

    A handbag containing about £1,000 was stolen from a stall at a car boot sale on Sunday.

    Police Scotland is investigating the theft in the grounds of the Dumfries Rugby Football Club in New Abbey Road, Dumfries.

    It was taken at about 11:20 and also contained a driving licence and bank cards.

  4. Leather on willow

    Kelso retained top spot in the East of Scotland cricket league Division 1 with a 159-run win over local rivals St Boswells.


    Gala kept in second place after a win over Musselburgh at Meigle Park by 130 runs.

    In Division 3, Selkirk lost by 112 runs to Drummond Trinity and Preston Village conceded their Division 5 match to Peebles.

    And in Division 6 Hawick and Wilton beat Boroughmuir by 181 runs while Melrose beat SMRH by 71 runs.

  5. One small step


    The Scots Magazine

    tweets: Our #MondayBigRead captures the day the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, was given the freedom of Langholm.

  6. 'Sorry' for ticket problems


    Borders Railway ‏tweets: Sorry to everyone who tried to make reservations this w/e for services in Sep. @ScotRail aims to show correct fares by the end of the week.

  7. League restructure

    The East of Scotland football league will become one league from next season.

    Following the resignation of Easthouses Lily, the 16 remaining teams will compete in a single Premier Division.

    A vote held at the league's AGM was split eight-eight, but a casting vote went for the single league as opposed to two divisions of eight. The new season will kick off on 1 August.

  8. Get in touch: Tickets glitch


    @mrmissmtweets: @BBCSouthScot @BordersRailway Still trying to book tickets but it's still same outrageous prices and @ScotRail don't even reply to you #poor

  9. Golf latest

    Southerness golfer Scott Gibson has finished his round at two over par in the 120th Amateur Golf Championship at Carnoustie and Panmure.

    Dumfries and County's Liam Johnston sits on one over after 12 holes with Thornhill's Greig Marchbank already in the clubhouse at level par.

  10. Unusual donations

    Southern Reporter

    Generous to a fault, Souters once donated a tombstone and a burnt fry-up to a Selkirk charity shop, according to one volunteer being praised for her 20 years' service.

    Ann Taylor, a 79-year-old great grandmother from Selkirk, has been volunteering in the Barnardo's Scotland shop down the West Port for two decades - putting in 10,000 hours of her own time to help the children's charity.

  11. Speeding fine for boxer Fury

    Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has been fined and banned after admitting driving at 90mph in southern Scotland.

    Tyson Fury

    He had previously admitted the charge by letter at Dumfries Justice of the Peace Court but failed to turn up after being ordered to appear personally.

    That led to a warrant being issued for his arrest and a weekend in police custody.

    He received a two-month driving ban and £400 fine for the offence committed near Carrutherstown in November.

  12. Erratic driving

    Police are investigating reports of a car being driven erratically on the A76 between Auldgirth and Dumfries on Saturday.

    The green Citroen Saxo was travelling on the road between 7pm and 7.30pm.

  13. 'Absolutely fantastic'

    Literary giants and political heavyweights mixed with television personalities at the annual Borders Book Festival at the weekend.

    Borders Book Festival

    Among them was comedy screen writer and author David Nobbs, whose credits include The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and the Two Ronnies, who was delighted to make his first appearance at Melrose.

    "So far I think it's absolutely fantastic," he said.

    "Melrose is a lovely place. The Eildon hills are beautiful, set in the background and there's a sense of warmth and excitement. The whole of the Borders strikes me as lovely and undiscovered part of Scotland's great beauty."

  14. Mobile phone problems

    Phone operator O2 has reported that a local transmission mast is causing problems with mobile coverage in the Castle Douglas area.

    The firm has apologised for the inconvenience while it awaits repairs to the mast.

  15. Mabie 10K results

    Athletes from Dumfries Running Club were in impressive form in yesterday's Mabie Forest 10K trail race.


    Jim Buchanan finished second with a time of 39 minutes, 36 seconds - 56 seconds behind overall winner Howard Seal of Cockermouth.

    Dr Jo Zakrzewski was the first woman home with a time of 41.29, and Frank Skachill, also from the Dumfries club, took the veterans' prize.

  16. Golf latest

    Colin Colthart

    BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

    The 120th Amateur Golf Championship sees Scott Gibson (Southerness) -1 after 12 holes at Panmure.

    Greig Marchbank (Thornhill) finished level, par 72, at Carnoustie. Liam Johnston (Dumfries and County) is also level par after six holes at Carnoustie.

  17. A dry afternoon

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A dry and bright start to the afternoon in the Borders, although cloud will tend to build up from the west, with perhaps the odd shower. Brightening up again towards evening.

    In the south-west, the largely dry but rather cloudy conditions will hold today. There will be some brightness coming through, especially during the second half of the afternoon.

    Across the region, temperatures will peak at 15C perhaps a few spots seeing 16C and winds will be light and variable.

  18. Tune in

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

    All the latest news, sport, transport and weather for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway coming up.

  19. Abbey ceremony

    A special ceremony will be held in the grounds of a ruined Stewartry abbey, marking a local link to the Magna Carta.

    A facsimile copy of the 1215 document, the Magna Carta in the Library at Salisbury Cathedral

    As a powerful and trusted advisor, Alan, Lord of Galloway, was the only Scot involved in drawing up the peace treaty between King John and rebel barons who opposed him.

    He also founded Tongland Abbey, near Kirkcudbright. To coincide with the anniversary, the community council has secured a £3,000 grant to help pay for an interpretation board, which will be unveiled at the abbey site on Saturday.

    There are also plans for a geophysical survey in the grounds, and educational sessions are being organised in primary schools.

  20. Golf update

    Colin Colthart

    BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

    In the strokeplay stages of the 120th Amateur Championship at Carnoustie and Panmure, Greig Marchbank (Thornhill) has finished on level par after first round at Carnoustie.

    Scott Gibson (Southerness) is currently tied for 3rd on 3 under par after 6 holes at Panmure.

  21. Pay rise

    Starting pay for permanent jobs and hourly rates for temporary staff both rose sharply in Scotland last month, according to a survey.


    The Bank of Scotland's latest Report on Jobs cited higher demand for staff and a worsening in candidate availability for the upward pressure on pay.

  22. Amateur golf update

    Colin Colthart

    BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

    Local players Scott Gibson and Grieg Marchbank are making good progress in the first of the two strokeplay rounds at the 120th Amatuer Championship at Carnoustie and Panmure.

    Gibson (Southerness) is currently tied for 2nd on 3 under par after 6 holes at Panmure. Marchbank (Thornhill) -2 after 15 at Carnoustie.

  23. In pictures: Eden Festival

    Colin Colthart

    BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

    Music fans were on the Raehills Estate in Dumfries and Galloway at the weekend for the Eden Festival.

    BBC Scotland's Colin Colthart captured a flavour of the event.

    Eden Festival
  24. Cricket league

    In the Western Premier Cricket League, Dumfries chalked up a five wicket win against Drumpelier at Coatbridge - with man of the man Chris McCutcheon taking four wickets.

    In Division One, St Michaels lost by 141 runs at home to Stirling County.

    In the Second division, Galloway secured a convincing seven wicket victory over Motherwell at Gatehouse. Having set a target of 170 for 3, the home side bowled out the visitors for 168 - Kevin Belas taking four for 46.

  25. Diabetes increase

    More people in Scotland have diabetes than ever before - and the number is continuing to rise, according to figures published by a charity.

    checking blood sugar levels

    Diabetes Scotland said the number of people registered with the condition reached an all-time high of 276,000 last year.

  26. First tickets glitch

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    A website glitch has meant many people trying to buy some of the first tickets for the new Borders to Edinburgh railway were unable to do so.

    Borders Railway train

    Most of the new stations were not recognised by the ScotRail website.

    Galashiels to Edinburgh tickets could be booked but at almost three times the previously announced price.

    ScotRail said it was due to a technical glitch with Thetrainline website which they were working to correct as soon as possible.

  27. Golf Amateurs

    The 120th Amateur Championship is getting underway this morning at Carnoustie and Panmure.

    golf ball

    The 288-strong international field includes local players Scott Gibson of Southerness, Liam Johnston of the Dumfries and County, Grieg Marchbank of Thornhill and former Dumfries player Connor Syme.

    The winner will earn a places in the Open at St Andrews and in the 2016 US open. Traditionally, the victor also receives a Masters invite.

  28. Driver training on Borders Railway

    Driver training is now underway on the Borders railway, with services scheduled to start in early September.


    The scheme to restore a railway as far as Tweedbank is now almost complete. And contractors BAM have now officially handed over the project to Network Rail and train operators Abellio, holders of the Scotrail franchise.

  29. Social care problems

    Colin Colthart

    BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

    Plans to integrate NHS and social care in Dumfries and Galloway should be used as an opportunity to target the small number of local people who account for tens of millions of pounds of health spending, it has been claimed.


    In a presentation to the local authority by Brian Slater, the Scottish government's policy manager for health and social care integration, revealed that more than half the local hospital and prescribing budget is spent on just 2% of the population.

    That equates to an outlay of £77.2 m for just over 3,000 people.

    The bulk of the costs are associated with unplanned admissions which account for 86% of the 172,000 hospital bed days a year. Of that total, half involve patients over the age of 75.

  30. Great Scot

    How did the ruler of semi-independent Galloway come to be the only Scot named in the pre-amble to the Magna Carta?

    Illustration of King John signing Magna Carta

    Professor Richard Oram, of the University of Stirling, explains.

  31. Travel news

    On the A75 Gretna to Stranraer Euroroute, temporary traffic lights remain in place at Cree Bidge, just east of Newton Stewart.

    Temporary controls are also in use on the A701 Dumfries to Moffat road just north of Amisfield. A convoy system will be operating north of St Anne's bridge at the Eden Festival site which will be busy with vehicles leaving the event.

    And on the A76, stop-go boards will be out today for lining work between Dumfries and Holywood village.

  32. Brighter in the Borders

    BBC Scotland Weather


    There will be some brightness to the cloud first thing this morning in the south-west, however the cloud cover will tend to become more extensive and somewhat thicker during the course of the day.

    It should remain mainly dry. Temperatures will peak at 15C perhaps a few spots seeing 16C and winds will be light and variable

    In the Borders, it will be a bright start with spells of hazy sunshine. Cloud will tend to thicken with perhaps a patches of light rain this afternoon. But on the whole the emphasis is on a largely dry day. Winds will be light with highs of 15C.

  33. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning. We're back again for another week on the South of Scotland Live page.

    Stay with us until 5pm for the latest news, sport, weather and travel from our reporters from across the region.