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  1. Updates for Friday 19 June
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 22 June

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Thanks for joining us on the South of Scotland Live page this week.

    We'll be back at 9am on Monday, with the very latest from across the region.

  2. Few bright glimpses

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A cloudy end to the day in the Borders with the odd spot of a light shower but on the whole dry.

    A few brighter glimpses are possible but will be hard to come by and short-lived.

    Outbreaks of rain moving in from the west coast in Dumfries and Galloway and staying this evening. It'll turn quite misty and murky as the rain moves overhead and it's a cloudy, damp night with a mistiness to the air, especially around the Rhins of Galloway and across the hills.

  3. Sham wedding swap couples sentenced

    Two couples who swapped partners to take part in sham marriages have been sentenced.

    Pakistani pair Muhammad Hanif and Huma Aslam, who were in the UK on student visas, conspired with Czech couple Michal Mankos and Katerina Gerychova.

    Hanif and Gerychova travelled from Tyneside to Gretna last July to wed, while Aslam and Mankos were marrying at Newcastle Civic Centre.

    They and six co-conspirators were caught by the Home Office.

  4. Striking scene

    Patricia Hitchcock sent us this striking image from the Scottish Borders.


    "I took it on the way home, just outside Midlem," she said. "It was such a beautiful evening!"

  5. Council dismissals drop

    There was a drop in the number of staff being sacked at Scottish Borders Council last year.

    Four employees were dismissed in 2014. That compares with 15 in 2013, eight in 2012, 10 in 2011 and four in 2010.

  6. Bowling clashes

    In bowling's Inter-County Championship, Stewartry take on Wigtownshire, while Dumfriesshire play host to Lanarkshire South this weekend.

  7. Good to go


    Berwickshire runner Guy Learmonthtweets: All ready to roll at the European Team Champs here in Cheboksary, Russia. Flying the flag for #TeamGB…

    Guy Learmonth
  8. Games circuit

    The latest event on the Border Games Circuit, Peebles Beltane Sports, will be held at Whitestone Park on Sunday.

    Main event on the programme is the 110 metres handicap.

  9. Mobile phone solution proposed

    A solution to a lack of mobile phone network coverage has been proposed for the Ettrickbridge area.

    Mobile phone mast

    A public meeting was held on Tuesday in the Selkirkshire village which enabled local residents to find out about the proposal to erect a 15-metre high mobile phone mast which will bring 4G multi-network coverage to the area.

    A planning application will be submitted to Scottish Borders Council in due course.

  10. Borders cricket

    East of Scotland first division leaders Kelso head for third-place Musselburgh tomorrow. Meanwhile Gala, lying second, travel to Dunnikier.

    The region's third first division outfit, St Boswells, currently lie at the foot of the table. They welcome Edinburgh Accies to the Green.


    Selkirk, lying midtable in division three, will entertain Leith FAB. The division five card sees Peebles County have home advantage over Drummond Trinity seconds. Both Borders sixth division sides are at home. Melrose host Boroughmuir seconds at Huntlyburn whilst Hawick and Wilton welcome Livingston seconds to Buccleuch Park.

  11. Cycling goal

    The Rotary Club of Castle Douglas will join thousands of charity supporters from across the UK to get on their bikes and take part in a national fundraising effort on Sunday.

    It is urging cyclists and members of the public to join them to take part in their Stewartry Rotary Clubs Cycle Circuit to raise money for Prostate Cancer Scotland.

    Cyclists will leave the Market Hill car park in Castle Douglas at 10am on Sunday and will cycle to Rotary Clubs in Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright then back to Castle Douglas - a distance of 37 miles, with longer detour options for regular cyclists.

  12. Rabbit farm bid

    A bid's being made to erect sheds for rabbit breeding and rearing at a farm in Peeblesshire.


    Cleek Poultry Limited have applied for permission to build two low rise sheds at Kirkburn near Cardrona in which rabbits would be bred and reared for both wool and meat production.

    They also want to put solar panels on the roofs of the two buildings. The application's likely to be considered over the next few months.

  13. Nichol strikes again

    Hawick jockey Craig Nichol was in the winners' enclosure at Market Rasen this afternoon.

    He steered home odds-on favourite Russian Royale in the opening race, his eighth winner of the jumps season.

  14. Jedburgh festival

    Jedburgh's riverside Rock Festival takes place this weekend.

    Bruce Foxton from The Jam tops the bill. Others playing include Blistered Molly, the Joe Mangels, and Scocha.

  15. Bath rescue recognised

    An elderly woman who was trapped in her bath for three days was saved by her local postman.

    Lawrence Fairbairn was delivering letters in Peebles when he heard the faint cries for help coming from the woman's flat.

    Laurence Fairbairn

    He discovered her in great distress and quickly called an ambulance.

    The 61-year-old has now been invited to the Queen's garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in recognition of his actions.

  16. Road rage incident appeal

    An autistic teenager has been left distressed after he was grabbed and verbally abused in a road rage incident.

    The 16-year-old boy was crossing a street in Peebles with a female friend when the incident happened at about 12:15 on Tuesday.

    The driver of a blue Mazda 6 car came to a stop while they crossed, then he left his vehicle and attacked the boy.

    Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident in the town's High Street.

  17. Dramatic twist

    A theatre in Melrose could soon be redeveloped as an artist's studio and gallery.

    Wynd Theatre

    A planning application for change of use at the Wynd Theatre has been lodged with Scottish Borders Council.

    The applicants say the Wynd operated from 1996 but has been on the market for a year with no interest shown in re-opening it as a theatre.

    They say Melrose already has other entertainment and performing arts venues, including the Corn Exchange and St Mary's School which could lead to questions about a viable future for the Wynd as a theatre.

  18. Beltane build-up

    Richard Gordon

    BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

    It's Peebles Beltane Festival Week, celebrating the town's local legend, history and tradition, culminating tomorrow, Beltane Saturday.

    The Beltane Fair Proclamation begins at 9.10am, followed by the Crowning Ceremony for Beltane Queen Emma Latto at the Parish Church at 10am and the Grand Procession at 11.30am.

    There have already been church services, rideouts and a concert this week.

  19. Turbine deadline extended

    Scottish Borders Council has won an extension to submit evidence to the Scottish Government over a wind farm proposal.


    The deadline for submissions on the proposed Cloich Wind Farm has been put back for a fortnight.

  20. Resurfacing work

    Colin Colthart

    BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

    A heads up about major resurfacing work on the eastern section of the A75 between Collin and Mouswald.

    It starts at 7pm tonight, with a total closure in force until 6am on Monday. Diversions will be signposted.

  21. Durnan departs


    @dundeeunitedfctweets: Durnan signs. #WeAreUnited

    Mark Durnan
  22. Marchbank misses out

    Thornhill's Greig Marchbank has bowed out at the quarter-final stage of the Amateur Championship in Carnoustie.

    He lost out at the 20th hole to Grant Forrest.

  23. Cloudy afternoon

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It'll be cloudy across Dumfries and Galloway this afternoon, with showers and some longer spells of rain. The rain will be quite heavy at times.

    Mainly dry across the Borders with just an odd light shower.

    Temperatures will reach around 15 Celsius, and winds will be light.

  24. First fixtures

    The fixtures for the new SPFL season are out with south of Scotland sides finding out what the year ahead holds.

    Queen of the South open their league campaign at home to Alloa Athletic.

    Stranraer travel to Cowdenbeath, Annan Athletic are away to Queen's Park and Berwick Rangers are at home to Montrose.

  25. Hart's hopes

    Hawick jockey Jason Hart is hoping to follow up his near miss at Royal Ascot yesterday with a win at Redcar this afternoon.

    Redcar races

    He has four rides - Piccacard in the 2.20pm, Karaka Jack (4.05pm), Regal Missile (5.20pm) and Belle Nellie (5.55pm).

    Also in action is fellow Borderer Craig Nichol at Market Rasen with odds-on favourite Russian Royale in the opener.

  26. Forestry job initiative

    A £300,000 initiative to encourage more women to consider forestry as a career is being launched at the Royal Highland Show.


    Four of the top public sector jobs in this field are now held by women but only 30% of the workforce in the Forestry Commission is female.

  27. McKeown on the move


    Stranraer skipper Frank McKeowntweets: Tough to leave @StranraerFC after so many good years but delighted to sign for @Morton_FC and can't wait for the fixtures to be released!!

  28. Ticket glitch sorted

    Tickets for travelling on the new Borders Railway have finally gone on sale, ScotRail has confirmed.


    They were expected to be available from the train operator's website from last Sunday.

    However a glitch with the site meant travellers were unable to make their purchases.

    ScotRail said customers are now able to buy tickets for journeys from 6 September - the first day of the new service.

  29. Donegal date

    Dumfries driver David Bogie is in Ireland for the Donegal International Rally, where he'll debut his fully-rebuilt 1976 Ford Escort Mark Two.

    The three-day event gets underway this morning, and will see crews tackle 20 tarmac stages, before the finish on Sunday afternoon.

  30. New signings

    The back page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard - which is out today - features Queen of the South signings and a young boxing champion.

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard
  31. Osprey chicks die

    A hot spell is being blamed for the loss of two out of three osprey chicks which hatched this year in the Tweed Valley.

    Observers reckon the inexperienced parents failed to shield their offspring adequately.

  32. First class

    The Peeblesshire News is out today and leads on a story of a postman's appointment to meet the Queen.

    Peeblesshire News
  33. TV show seizure

    Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads on a story about a man who had a seizure while watching Game of Thrones.

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard
  34. Your views - best opening day fixture

    Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

    The SPFL fixtures are out today. Who would Queen of the South, Stranraer, Annan Athletic and Berwick Rangers fans like for their opening game?

    @justicegftweets: @BBCSouthScot @OfficialQosFC @StranraerFC @AnnanAthleticFC @OfficialBRFC @spfl Ayr United home or away for the Blues please! #A77derby

  35. Travel latest

    Two convoy systems will be in operation today for patching on the A701 between Dumfries and Moffat.

    The works are scheduled to take place between Amisfield and Parkgate and north of St Ann's bridge.

    On the A76 traffic controls remain in place at Enterkinfoot, north of Thornhill. And on the A75, traffic controls are also in use for repair work to the Cree Bridge at Newton Stewart.

  36. Drizzly start

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It's a cloudy, drizzly start across the south of Scotland and it'll remain overcast through the morning.

    This afternoon, it'll turn drier with some brightness developing for a time, before another weather front brings thickening cloud and outbreaks of rain by this evening.

    Temperatures will reach around 15 Celsius, and with lighter winds than recent days, it'll feel pleasant in any brightness.