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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

    That's it for today. Join us again tomorrow from 9am with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

  2. Appeal after Eddleston housbreaking

    Police are appealing for information following a housebreaking in Eddleston at the weekend. The house in Bellfield Drive was broken into between 17:00 on Saturday and 15:45 on Sunday. Various personal items including a laptop and jewellery were stolen. Det Sgt Dave Reilly said: "I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area at this time to please get in touch."

  3. Police probe high value bicycle thefts

    Five high-value bicycles have been stolen in two separate break-ins in the Scottish Borders. 

    Three were taken from a domestic garage in Kinsmuir Drive, Peebles, between 23:00 on Friday and 08:30 on Saturday.

    Two were stolen from a property in Chapel Street, Innerleithen, between midnight on Friday and 17:00 on Saturday. 

    Insp Keith Dougal said: “Our inquiries are ongoing however given the nature of these thefts and their proximity we believe that they are linked.” 

  4. Weather forecast: Breezy around the coast

    BBC Scotland Weather

    A largely dry evening and night with only a few spots of light rain or drizzle. Breezy for the south west around the coast - strong at times. 

    weather forecast for Stranraer

    A mild night, with temperatures holding in double digits as milder air keeps streaming in from the south west. 

    In fact for many, it's warmer overnight than it was during the morning today.

  5. Man in court over Kelso shop robbery

    A third man has appeared in court in connection with a Kelso shop robbery. 

    Two women were allegedly assaulted with an electrical stunning device during the incident at the Original Factory Shop in October. 

    Anthony Kimber, 42, from Horley in Surrey, appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court when he faced three counts of assault and robbery as well as possession of a prohibited weapon. 

    He made no plea or declaration and was fully committed for trial.

  6. Tune in for radio bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries

    Remember to tune in for our local radio bulletins for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway at 16:30.

  7. Work to transform Gretna's Central Avenue to begin in January

    Work to transform Gretna town centre is expected to begin in January, according to Dumfries and Galloway Council. 

    Plan for Central Avenue in Gretna

    Contractor P1 Solutions has been appointed to carry out the work on Central Avenue, which should be finished by the end of 2016. 

    Local businesses and residents will be invited to view the plans and programme of works in early January 

    Councillor Craig Peacock said: "I believe that through this investment in the infrastructure the local economy will prosper and businesses in the vicinity will benefit through increased footfall as a result of the revitalisation."

  8. Break-in to Gretna fish and chip shop

    A fish and chip shop in Gretna was broken into on Sunday night or Monday morning. 

    Police Scotland said nothing was taken from Mehmets in Annan Road during the break-in. 

    PC Richard Davidson said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Annan Road/Central Avenue area on Sunday night."

  9. Castle Douglas primary capacity reduced

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    The official capacity of the Stewartry’s largest junior school has been reduced by 33 pupils.

    But education officials insist the move won’t have any immediate impact on Castle Douglas Primary.

    The capacity has been dropped from 389 to 356.

  10. 'Great reluctance' at Burgons of Eyemouth closure

    Quote Message: Apart from supporting the losses our parent operation, The Blue Sea Food Company, which is based in Devon, invested more than £500,000 in capital expenditure over the years which demonstrated our determination to make this work but unfortunately, these losses simply cannot be supported any longer. from Trevor Bartlett Director, Burgons of Eyemouth
    Trevor BartlettDirector, Burgons of Eyemouth
  11. Crab factory closure a 'severe blow'

    MP Calum Kerr has pledged to “pull all the stops out” to help workers set to be made redundant through the closure of a Borders food processing plant.

    Eyemouth Harbour

    The Burgons crab factory in Eyemouth is preparing to close down after making heavy losses which it says can no longer be sustained. More than 80 jobs are at risk.

    The Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP said: “Unfortunately it does seem that despite all the efforts of the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Borders Council and myself, it looks as if the plant is going to shut."

    He added: “The loss of Burgons is a severe blow to Eyemouth. At the end of the day neither we nor the company could make the numbers stack up."

  12. Preparing for winter on the roads

    Winter has officially begun which means the NHS and local councils are gearing up for what is usually the busiest time of the year for them. 

    Winter preparedness kit

    Scottish Borders Council has been putting lessons learned from the heavy snowfall of 2010 into practice.

    It says it will encourage communities to be more resilient; should winds, snow or flooding prevent council workers from getting to where they are needed. 

    BBC Scotland's Cameron Buttle reports from a gritting depot at Newtown St Boswells to hear more about the plans.

  13. Peebles wins whisky vote

    A public vote has seen Peebles emerge as the preferred location for a whisky distillery project in the Borders.

    whisky

    R&B Distillers launched its "big question" survey earlier this year.

    Peebles has been announced as the winner after stacking up more votes than all the other potential sites added together.

    The company said that "exactly how and when" its plans would unfold was now being developed.

  14. Castle Douglas care worker's award

    A care worker at Carlingwark House in Castle Douglas has been recognised at the National Care Awards. 

    Kelly Anderson receives award

    Kelly Anderson, a team leader at the care home, collected the Resident Engagement Award. 

    She has pioneered Playlist for Life music therapy at the home, which supports 30 residents, many of whom have dementia. 

    It helps residents with dementia enjoy songs that matter to them. 

  15. Burns carnival lantern challenge

    Organisers of the Big Burns Supper Festival are hoping to light the streets of Dumfries with a record-breaking number of lanterns during their annual Burns carnival. 

    Burns carnival 2015

    A total of 24 lantern-making hubs will be set up across the region where carnival-goers can drop in and learn how to make their own lanterns ahead of the procession on 24 January.

    Materials are free but makers need to provide their own LED lights. 

    Artistic director Graham Main said: "Last year there were well over 3,000 lanterns and we are challenging the public to help us push it up to 4,500 in 2016.

  16. White ribbon campaign in Dumfries and Galloway

    Dumfries and Galloway will today become one of only a handful of regions in Scotland to join the White Ribbon Campaign

    It was launched in Canada with the aim of encouraging men to speak up about the issue of violence against women. 

    Locally, youth groups and Queen of the South football club are involved in the 16 day awareness campaign. 

    Police Scotland recently published figures showing a 5.8% rise in domestic violence - with more than 12,000 cases reported in the past year. Some of those were men being abused by their partners.

  17. Book Festival makes small loss

    The latest accounts for the annual Borders Book Festival have revealed it made a small loss last year.

    Borders Book Festival

    Trustees said the loss of £6,488 was a "manageable result" given the "positive overall cultural and economic impact" of the Melrose event.

    The accounts cover the year to the end of February 2015, so they do not include this summer's festival.

  18. Shopping law campaign is launched

    A campaign has been launched aimed at simplifying the confusing world of shopping law. 

    Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service is leading a drive to promote the new Consumer Rights Act, which came into force in October. 

    They want local shoppers to be clear on where they stand and how they can assert their rights.  

    As part of the Tough Act to Follow campaign, Citizens Advice will - from today - have a stand in the Loreburne Shopping Centre in Dumfries to raise awareness of the new consumer rights.

  19. Tapestry building work to begin soon

    Border Telegraph

    Construction of the new building which will house the Great Tapestry of Scotland will begin in the very near future, it has been confirmed.

    Scottish Borders Council Leader David Parker revealed the timetable for work on the new visitor attraction in Tweedbank in his newsletter to local residents.

  20. Police launch festive campaign in the Borders

    Police Scotland launch their festive campaign in the Borders today. 

    High visibility patrols will be operating until 3 January, tackling issues such as violence, anti-social behaviour and theft. 

    Road safety will also be a local priority - with a rise in both road deaths and serious injuries in the Borders this year.  

  21. Drier conditions forecast

    In the Borders, we will see drier conditions developing this afternoon although it will remain rather dull and grey, some patchy rain in the west. 

    Eyemouth forecast

    In Dumfries and Galloway, this morning's rain will continue to clear northwards, leaving a legacy of cloudy, damp conditions - although we could see a little brightness developing around Stranraer and the Galloway coast. 

    Southwesterly winds will pick up to become strong in coastal areas.Temperatures will continue to rise as mild air establishes itself across the area with a late maximum of around 13 Celsius. 

  22. Bulletin time for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway

    Remember to tune in for our local radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk coming up at 12:30.

  23. Carrutherstown trainer seeks Wolverhampton winner

    Dumfries and Galloway trainer Iain Jardine has a runner at Wolverhampton races this afternoon.

    He sends out Archipeligo with Kyle Currie on board in the 2.10pm race.

  24. Peebles climber attacked by grizzly bear

    One of Scotland's leading climbers has been attacked by a grizzly bear while climbing in Canada.

    Greg Boswell

    Greg Boswell, who lives in Peebles, was on a climb in the Rockies when the bear lunged and lifted him off the ground.

    His climbing partner Nick Bullock said Mr Boswell had tried to prize apart the bear's jaws which were clamped round his leg.

    Mr Bullock wrote on his blog: "It bit straight though his brand new boot as if it were a carpet slipper."

  25. Music teacher faces being struck off

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    A music teacher caught with more than 21,000 child porn images faces being struck off.

    Timothy Geaney is due to appear before a General Teaching Council for Scotland hearing next Monday.

    Geaney, 70, admitted taking or allowing pictures of the youngsters to be taken when he appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court in December last year.

  26. Police investigate spate of break-ins

    Police are investigating a spate of break-ins to homes in Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Thornhill, Dumfries and Ruthwell at the weekend

    police officers

    A total of eight houses were targeted by thieves between Friday and Sunday - and in some of them the occupants were inside, asleep.

    Det Insp Dean Little said a group of three men were spotted acting suspiciously in Thornhill and Castle Douglas early on Saturday morning and later that evening. 

    He added: "We would also make the appeal for everyone to be extra vigilant at this time of year as we head into the busy festive period. Households tend to be full with presents at this time of year and thieves know this only too well."

  27. 'Difficulties' recruiting medical staff

    A report has found signs of progress in recruiting medical staff in Dumfries and Galloway but concluded that "marked difficulties" still remain

    Doctor's stethoscope

    Earlier this year it emerged the region's health board was spending £1m-a-month on locum doctors. 

    A report to NHS Dumfries and Galloway said significant challenges continued - especially with GP vacancies.

    A strategy aimed at attracting, selecting and retaining staff is now being developed.  

  28. Investment in 'neglected corner' of Scotland

    Herald Scotland

    Developers are to invest £200 million in a string of high-profile projects across a neglected corner of the country.

    Council leaders and business people in Dumfries and Galloway have hailed the announcement as the "most compelling" opportunity for the region in living memory.

  29. Get in touch

    Please get in touch with your comments, story ideas and photographs from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. 

    We'll try to feature as many as we can here on the South of Scotland Live page. 

    Email us at dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or find us on Twitter @BBCSouthScot. 

  30. Council to discuss tennis courts and playpark

    Plans to transfer land - or the running of it - to community groups will be discussed by Scottish Borders Council today. 

    Selkirk's Tennis courts are currently owned by the High School. The council wants to take over their ownership - and lease them to Selkirk Tennis Club - who would then be responsible for upgrading the facilities.

    And in Stow, a community group is set to take over the playpark on the playing fields from the council. They'll then apply for windfarm cash and council grants, to pay for new play equipment - inspired by the group in Selkirk's Pringle Park.

  31. Woolly hats 'save lives'

    Taking simple precautions such as wearing a woolly hat and turning up the heating could save your life this winter, according to experts.

    Woman wearing woolly hat in the snow

    They are warning that more people die in countries with warmer winters simply because they allow themselves to get too cold.

    The winter death rate of Athens is far higher than that of Finland.

    A study showed that in Athens, just 13% of people surveyed wore a hat in winter while in Finland 72% wore hats.

  32. Heating failure closes Rephad Primary School

    A Stranraer primary has closed for the day, after a heating failure. 

    Dumfries and Galloway Council said Rephad Primary will reopen at 08:00 tomorrow. 

  33. Plans for new administrative region for southern Scotland

    Scottish Borders Council is being advised to back proposals to create a new European funding administrative region for southern Scotland.

    Euro notes against European flag

    At the moment Scotland is divided into four areas but the Scottish government is consulting on creating a fifth.

    It would include Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders, South Lanarkshire and East, South and North Ayrshire.

    A report to councillors in the Borders has advised them to support the plan as it could bring extra funding.

  34. Travel news

    Temporary traffic lights are currently in operation on the A77 between Cairnryan and Carlockhill and on the A76 at Enterkinfoot, north of Thornhill. 

    Barrier repair work will continue on the A75 Collin by-pass today - it'll involve the closure of lane two, eastbound. 

    Further drainage work is scheduled under temporary lights on the A7 at Auchenrivock, south of Langholm. 

    And to the North of Langholm there's planned patching work today at Mosspaul and Teviothead.  

  35. 'Persistent and heavy rain'

    BBC Scotland Weather

    A dull wet start to the day, the rain will be persistent and heavy at times, especially across Dumfriesshire. It will fall as snow early on over the hills. 

    weather forecast for Sanquhar

    Milder air will quickly establish itself across the area this morning also bringing a strengthening wind. It will tend to become somewhat drier this afternoon, although staying rather dull. 

    Southwesterly winds will become strong with touching gale force in coastal areas. temperatures will peak at around 13 celsius.  

  36. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning from very dark and wet Dumfries - there's no doubting it's December!

    Stay with us until 5pm for the latest news, sport and weather updates from around the south of Scotland.