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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 4 December
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 7 December

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By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Heavy rain and strong winds in store

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Tonight will be wet and windy across much of the region, with heavy and persistent rain affecting eastern areas especially.

    It'll turn somewhat drier over West Galloway.

    Evening weather

     Southwesterly winds will continue to be very strong and gusty, reaching gale or severe gale force. A mild night to come, with lows of 9 celsius.   

  2. Police officer praised by stranded motorist

    A police officer in the Borders has been praised for rescuing a stranded motorist in severe weather on Thursday night. 

    PC Richard Toward closed the A1 after the man's car broke down in a puddle which was three foot deep. 

    He stayed with him until a pick-up truck arrived, contacted a local farmer to pull the car out, then took the man back to Eyemouth police station for a cup of tea before organising a taxi home. 

    In an email to the force, the motorist praised the officer for being "extremely helpful and professional". 

    Insp John Scott said: “This is the type of service that is often unseen in our communities. The severe weather was a rare event but we dealt with it well, and the member of the public genuinely appreciated this."

  3. Home clash for Solway Sharks

    In ice hockey, the Solway Sharks are at home this weekend, when third placed Telford Tigers visit the Dumfries Ice Bowl.

    Face off for tomorrow's Moralee Conference match is 7pm.

    Ice hockey puck
  4. South of Scotland clashes in store

    In the South of Scotland league, there are three Challenge Cup ties in store, Saint Cuthbert Wanderers host Annan this evening, while in tomorrow's games, Crichton take on Mid Annandale and Queen of the South head to Wigtown and Bladnoch.

    Football

    And in the league, leaders, Edusport Academy make the trip to Abbey Vale,there's a home game for bottom side Dumfries YMCA against Heston Rovers, Fleet Star host Newton Stewart and Creetown make the trip to Moffat to play Upper Annandale.  

  5. Scottish Environment Protection Agency issues flood warning

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is calling on the public to be aware that heavy persistent rainfall during today and Saturday may result in widespread flooding in parts of Scotland this weekend.

    Communities in Tayside, Central, West Central Scotland, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders may be affected by flooding during Saturday, and travel disruption is expected throughout Scotland.

  6. Man arrested over alleged Dumfries housebreaking offences

    A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with alleged housebreaking offences in the Troqueer and Georgetown areas of Dumfries.

    A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

  7. Last radio bulletins of the week for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders

    Remember to tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for all the news, sport and that all-important weather in our local radio bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries.

  8. Annan aim to take second chance against Inverurie in Scottish Cup

    Annan have another crack at getting into the fourth round of this year's Scottish Cup - when they take on Inverurie Loco Works at Galabank tomorrow.

    The two sides replay their third round tie after sharing eight goals in the Highlands.

    The prize for the winners is a home tie against Premier League side Hamilton Accies. 

  9. Police issue flooding advice for Dumfries and Galloway

    Police have issued flooding advice for Dumfries and Galloway with an amber weather warning in place for rain tomorrow.

    Insp Nicola Robison urged the public to look out for any vulnerable members of their communities.

    She also confirmed the Whitesands car park in Dumfries would be shut from midnight.

    Whitesands

    "The Whitesands will be flooded at some point tomorrow afternoon," she said.

    The A709 road is also likely to be affected but she advised motorists to drive according to conditions and plan their route taking into account any reported closures.

    Police will be posting regular updates via their Facebook page.

  10. Dumfries and Galloway rugby round-up

    In rugby, it's second against third in National league division three this weekend as Dumfries Saints head to Haddington who sit just behind them in the table.

    While in the regional leagues, there are home games for Langholm in East Two and Newton Stewart and Wigtownshire in their respective west divisions. Annan, Stewartry and Moffat are all away for their games. 

  11. Tough trip to Albion Rovers faces Stranraer

    In one of only two League One matches scheduled this weekend, Stranraer head to Coatbridge to face promotion chasing Albion Rovers

    Ten points separate the two sides. 

    Cliftonhill
  12. Care project rolled out across region

    A project to speed up the process of securing permanent homes for children in local authority care is to be rolled out in Dumfries and Galloway.

    The PACE programme was launched last year in parts of north eastern Scotland and the Central Belt.

    It sees key agencies such as councils, health services, the children's hearing system and the courts work together to reduce delays in finding stable homes for looked-after kids, such as with foster families or in kinship care.  

  13. Man jailed over Dumfries killing

    A man who killed a father-of-four with a single punch before going on to attack two others has been jailed.

    Construction worker Daniel Skelton, 44, died in hospital six days after he was assaulted in Dumfries on 1 August.

    Daniel McGuire, 25, earlier admitted the culpable homicide of Mr Skelton and to committing two further assaults on the same night.

    Daniel McGuire

    At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Bannatyne sentenced McGuire to four and a half years in prison.  

  14. Selkirk on East of Scotland revenge mission

    In the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup this weekend, Selkirk have the opportunity to gain quick revenge when they travel to take on Civil Service Strollers, who knocked them out of the South Challenge Cup last weekend.

    Gala Fairydean Rovers are also on the road in the Qualifying Cup when they face Gretna at Raydale Park.

    The East of Scotland league action sees - weather permitting - a Borders derby between Hawick Royal Albert and Duns whilst Coldstream entertain Leith Athletic and Peebles Rovers host Ormiston. Eyemouth United, meanwhile, travel to Stirling University.