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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 24 November
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday 25 November

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Lockerbie regeneration commended

    Lockerbie High Street regeneration project has been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.

    Lockerbie

    Judges with the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning said the development had a "transformational" effect on the traditional market town.

    They said: "The attention to detail to create high quality sculptures, reflective of the local area and its history, together with de-cluttering of the central traffic junction has transformed Lockerbie High Street.

    "As a result, this modest scheme has turned into a local 'trail blazer' which has not only won 'hearts and minds' but has set the standards for design and community engagement."

  2. Volunteers appeal

    A charity set up six months ago to supply medical equipment and deliver samples to hospitals is appealing for more volunteers over the winter.

    Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes uses volunteer motorcyclists but with bad weather ahead, it will be too dangerous at times to go out on two wheels.

    Chairman Phil Rogers said: "When the weather gets very cold we won't use motorbikes because it's unsafe for the riders.

    "We have volunteers using their own cars and we are looking into trying to provide and fund cars to help for the few months when the bikes actually can't be used so we can carry on the service."

  3. Tributes to 'Basher' Inglis

    The Scottish Rugby Union has led tributes to former Scotland prop Jim Inglis after he died aged 87.

    Jim 'Basher' Inglis

    The man affectionately known as "Basher" was capped against England at Murrayfield in 1952, having also represented the South of Scotland.

    He joined his hometown club Selkirk at 16 and served them as a player, administrator and then president.

    The SRU said it was saddened to hear of the death of a man who had given a "lifetime of service" to his club.

  4. Heavy showers in the west

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    This evening and tonight, showers continue across the west through Galloway, and they'll be heavy at times towards Stranraer.

    bbc

    It'll be windy from the north west, and it'll be cold, with temperatures dipping to around 4 Celsius. Drier further east for Dumfriesshire.

    Meanwhile in the Borders, it will be dry and cool with long clear spells. It'll remain quite breezy from the north west and it'll be cold. Temperatures dipping to around 3 or 4 Celsius.

  5. Tune in

    Don't forget to tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 to hear the very latest news bulletins from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

    Find us at 92-95FM or 810MW.

  6. Maxwell's Equations

    BBC Radio 4

    Journalist Will Self has embarked on a 600 mile road trip on the trail of Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell.

    James Clerk Maxwell

    His journey is being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and in the latest episode, he travelled to Maxwell's country estate - Glenlair, in Dumfries and Galloway.

    The scientist pioneered the theory of the electromagnetic waves which made mobile phones, radio, radar and GPS all possible.

    Listen to Self Drives: Maxwell's Equations here.

  7. Cup clash

    Queen of the South's first team has no game on Saturday, but Palmerston Park will still be put to good use.

    The U20s squad face Cumbernauld Colts in the fourth round of the Little Big Shot Scottish FA Youth Cup. Kick off is at 1pm.

  8. Cigarette haul

    Police are looking to trace two people in connection with a break-in and theft at a shop in Innerleithen.

    The incident happened at around 03:10 when the suspects were seen entering the Co-operative premises on Peebles Road.

    Co-op

    They stole a number of cigarettes before leaving minutes later.

    Both men were dressed in black clothing and wearing balaclavas with thick jackets. One wore light-coloured industrial style gloves while the other had thick black gloves and was carrying green bags.

  9. Branson invitation

    DnG 24

    A billionaire businessman is being urged to meet with Beattock Station campaigners.

    Virgin Trains boss Sir Richard Branson has been invited to meet with the group fighting for the re-opening of the village station.

  10. Paying the penalty

    BBC Sport

    Scotland

    Missing a penalty can be a painful experience as this compilation confirms.

    Gavin Skelton

    Among those failing to find the target is current Queen of the South assistant manager and then Gretna player Gavin Skelton.

  11. 'Perfect shot'

    The Herald

    A father-of-three inspired by visits to an idyllic countryside spot to watch kingfishers as a boy with his grandfather spent six years and took 720,000 photos trying to get the perfect shot in memory of his late relative.

    Alan McFadyen, 46, was taken by Robert Murray to see the kingfisher nesting spot at the beautiful lakeside location near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway 40 years ago.

    As he grew up, Mr McFadyen never forgot his visits and when he took up photography six years ago decided to make the spot he first visited as a child the focus of his attention

  12. Poultry unit plans

    A controversial application to develop a new poultry unit near Sandhead village in Wigtownshire has been earmarked for approval by planning officials.

    hens

    Torrance Farms want to construct three linked buildings at Altain Glen. They'd be used to house around 20,000 birds for the production of fertile hatching eggs to supply national and international markets.

    The Sandhead and Stoneykirk community council has tabled a formal objection citing concerns about potential air and water pollution from the site, the impact on tourism and increased lorry traffic through the village. Sixteen local residents have also objected.

    Planning officials said they are satisfied the project complies with the local development plan and should be approved.

  13. School closures

    Debbie Muir

    At Dumfries and Galloway Council

    Councillors have agreed to the closure of St Peter's RC Primary School in Dalbeattie.

    Closure of Drochduil Primary, which is part of a cluster with Castle Kennedy, will go out to statutory consultation.

    It is proposed it closes next July.

  14. Gatehouse cemetery

    A proposal has been tabled for an extension of the cemetery at Gatehouse of Fleet.

    It would involve the change of use of what's currently agricultural land between Laurieston Road and Memory Lane.

    Planning officials are recommending approval.

  15. Sun shines on the Borders

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    It will remain cloudy with showers across the southwest this afternoon, heavy at times, especially over Galloway. They'll merge at times to give some longer spells of rain. Temperatures will reach 9 Celsius at best, and it'll feel chilly, in fresh to strong westerly winds.

    weather

    In the Borders, it will be a bright afternoon across the Borders, with some good spells of sunshine and just a few showers drifting in towards Peebles and Innerleithen. Temperatures will reach 9 Celsius at best, with fresh to strong westerly winds.

  16. Sedgefield hopes

    Borders trainers are in action at Sedgefield races this afternoon.

    Sedgefield racecourse

    Alistair Whillans kicks things off with Wee Jock Elliot (12.50pm).

    He is followed by Stuart Coltherd and Alison Hamilton with Seventeen Black and Bob's Dream respectively (1.20pm).

    Finally, Katie Scott sends out Petre Island (1.50pm).

  17. Tune in

    Remember to tune in on 92-95FM or 810MW for our radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk coming up at 12:30.

  18. Future of Waverley Hall

    Debbie Muir

    BBC Scotland, Dumfries

    Creetown's Waverley Hall could reopen in spring 2016 after receiving £140,000 worth of Scottish government funding.

    Waverley Hall

    The building closed five years ago and earlier this year Dumfries and Galloway Council sold it to the local community for £1.

    Project manager Andrew Ward said the cash will be spent on repairing windows and the roof and on fitting a disabled toilet.

    He added: "We are going to bring a building back into use which otherwise would probably just rot and become an eyesore."

  19. Charity swim

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    A schoolboy plans to take the plunge to raise awareness of a rare congenital condition.

    Rhys Handleigh, 15, will swim the equivalent of the width of the English Channel and back after being inspired by maths teacher Iain Stewart's baby daughter Bethany, who has Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

  20. Lockerbie man on rape charge

    A 66-year-old man has made a brief appearance in court at Dumfries on a charge of rape.

    George Wilson from Lockerbie appeared in private and also faced two charges of lewd and indecent behaviour.

    No plea or declaration was made and the case was continued. He was allowed bail.

  21. Tunnocks backs lifeboat plan

    A major donation from teacake and caramel wafer maker Tunnock's will bring a lifeboat back into operation at St Abbs after the RNLI closed its site.

    St Abbs lifeboat station

    Owner Boyd Tunnock has agreed to give £250,000 to the appeal for an independent station.

    He told the BBC Scotland news website he hoped the inshore vessel would be called the Thomas Tunnock lifeboat.

    Campaigners said the funding would allow the resumption of operations in St Abbs next year.

  22. Phone line fault

    NHS Borders is urging people to call Borders General Hospital only if it is a "matter of urgency" because there is a fault with the phone lines.

    Staff and members of the public are able to call the hospital but on some occasions the person answering the call within the hospital is unable to hear the caller.

    If people are unable to get through, they should contact NHS24 on 111. In a medical emergency, contact 999.

    NHS Borders said it is working with British Telecom and Siemens to resolve this disruption quickly.

  23. Rollermania to hit Dumfries

    The Bay City Rollers will complete the line-up of famous name acts for Scotland's nine-day Big Burns Supper festival in January.

    Bay City Rollers

    The 70s boy band, famed for their tartan trousers and hits like Bye Bye Baby, Shang-A-Lang and I Only Wanna Be With You, will be on stage in the festival's mirror-lined Spiegeltent on Saturday, 23 January.

    Graham Main, Big Burns Supper artistic director, said: "It's time to squeeze back into the tartan trousers and sing along with some of the catchiest songs of the seventies.

    "We're absolutely ecstatic to be welcoming the Les McKeown and the Bay City Rollers to Dumfries. It's our festival's fifth birthday and we thought it would be great celebrate with a bit of Rollermania."

  24. Early Years Centre

    The latest Early Years Centre in the Borders was officially opened in Hawick yesterday.

    The first opened at Galashiels's Langlee Primary School last autumn, and another is operational at Philiphaugh in Selkirk.

    Like them, this new Burnfoot facility will offer health programmes for parents, and drop-in play and activities for children.

  25. 'Frankenbrooms'

    The Scotsman

    Curling's governing body has imposed a ban on controversial new brushes.

    The brooms have outraged many curlers because they use hi-tech, stiffer bristles that make the job of the sweeper much easier.

    Now the Perth-based World Curling Federation (WCF) has taken the decision to ban the new brushes - dubbed "Frankenbrooms" by some fans of the sport - for the entire 2015-16 season.

  26. Road Safety Week

    Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists across Scotland will be encouraged to stay safe on the roads during Brake Road Safety Week.

    Zebra crossing

    Police Scotland are supporting the week-long campaign, which began yesterday. A spokesman said officers will work with all road users, including vulnerable groups, to highlight the inherent dangers and, where appropriate, enforce legislation.

    Inspector Neil Hewitson from the roads policing unit in Dumfries and Galloway said: "Locally, we will be looking out for drivers whose behaviour falls short of the Highway Code, and are breaking the law, such as by using mobile phones or other devices.

    "Those who are speeding, driving carelessly or who are not following the law on the use of seatbelts can expect to be pulled over and given advice, or if appropriate, to be given a fixed penalty ticket or reported to the procurator fiscal."

  27. Autism hub

    A proposal before Dumfries and Galloway Council's education committee this morning is calling for the establishment of a specialist hub in Dumfries for children with autism.

    It would be under the leadership of the head teacher of New Langlands School and cater to pupils aged 8 to 18. They would use the hub to work on literacy, numeracy and for learning life and work skills as a complement to their education in a nearby school.

    Further plans suggest a short breaks facility for children with autism travelling from out-with the region could be opened by 2017. The financial options are now being explored in a bid to take the project forward.

  28. Wet in the west

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    In the Borders it will be a day of sunny spells and blustery showers. Most of the showers in the west, with the best of the sunshine towards the Berwickshire coast. As the afternoon goes on, showers will fade, leaving most places fine, albeit chilly - temperatures will reach 9 Celsius at best, with fresh to strong westerly winds.

    Dumfries

    It'll be cloudy with frequent showers across the Southwest this morning, heavy at times, especially across Galloway. They'll merge at times to give some longer spells of rain. Temperatures will reach 9 Celsius at best, and it'll feel chilly, in fresh to strong westerly winds.

  29. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning.

    Thanks for joining us on the South of Scotland Live page. We'll be here with the latest updates from across the region throughout the day.