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  1. Updates for Monday 7 December
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 8 December

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

    That's it for today, join us again tomorrow from 9am with live updates from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway throughout the day.

  2. Heavy rain forecast for this evening

    Heavy rain will affect the region for a time tonight. 

    As a result of the ground still being saturated after the weekend, the Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning, as this spell of rain could cause some further issues with surface water flooding and will slow the current flood water from receding. 

    Weather Hawick

    The rain will clear to the east and a few showers will follow on. A mild night and breezy night, with lows around 9 or 10 celsius.   

  3. Emergency financial assistance for flood-hit councils

    The Scottish government has said it will consider emergency financial assistance for local authorities which need help to deal with the cost of flood damage in the wake of Storm Desmond. 

    Residents homes were flooded in Hawick

    It has also confirmed that Environment Minister Aileen MacLeod will visit Hawick tomorrow. 

    Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “Various parts of Scotland experienced emergency situations caused by the flooding over the weekend, in particular the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Tayside, Speyside and Moray.

    “This government is committed to helping communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible. I have today agreed to activate the Bellwin scheme which provides support to local authorities to assist with immediate and unforeseen costs of dealing with the latest flood damage"

  4. South Scotland buildings on shortlist for national architecture prize

    Buildings in the south of Scotland have made it on to the shortlist of the Scotstyle architecture award

    The Houl in Castle Douglas and the studio of designer Bernat Klein, near Selkirk, are among those named in a list of the best Scottish buildings of the last 100 years. 

    The Houl in Castle Douglas
    the studio, near Selkirk, of influential designer Bernat Klein
  5. MSP thanks major emergency team in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has thanked the major emergency team for their prompt action in providing assistance to areas threatened with flooding over the weekend. 

    She visited parts of the constituency which have been affected by flooding, including Langholm where some locals were evacuated from their homes. 

    Ms Murray said: “Although people in some vulnerable areas of Langholm were evacuated, none of the homes were actually flooded. 

    "Local people told me that the “flood pod” had arrived promptly and they were reassured by the presence of officers from the major emergency team. 

    "Thanks should also go to Dumfries and Galloway Police Division who created a very helpful website which carried up to date information on the various incidents across the region.”

  6. Appeal to trace missing Kristian Wilson

    Police are appealing for help in tracing a 41-year-old missing from the Corsock area.

    Kristian Wilson

    Kristian Wilson was last seen at about 12:00 on Saturday, outside the Loreburne Centre in Dumfries. 

    He has not returned home and nobody has contacted him. 

  7. Tune in

    Get a round-up of the latest local news on BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30. 

    Bulletins are broadcast from our studios in Selkirk and Dumfries. 

  8. How can flooding be prevented?

    As parts of the UK again deal with severe flooding after a winter storm, questions are being asked about how flooding can be prevented or alleviated.

    Read about some of the main methods and principles in use.

    Types of temporary flood barrier
  9. Tribute paid to rescue workers and volunteers in the Borders

    Tributes are being paid to council staff and volunteers who have been helping and supporting flooded communities in the Borders. 

    Both the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team and Borders Search and Rescue were operating pretty much from Friday night right through. 

    There was a water rescue team, the Salvation Army, Hawick Flood Protection volunteers and resilient community members who lent a hand. 

    And local people played their part - particularly in Hawick, and Newcastleton, offering rooms to those evacuated from their homes.  

  10. Hawick's flood protection plans in the spotlight

    As the clean-up continues in Hawick, attention is turning to the flood protection plans for the town. 

    Hawick Rugby Club
    Image caption: Hawick Rugby Club was flooded at the weekend

    A council programme is underway - but even if it goes to plan, defences won't actually be built until 2022. 

    Rob Dickson, of Scottish Borders Council, said: "We think it will be earlier than that but we are in discussion with the Scottish government about what that scheme will entail, the size of the scheme, the investment in the scheme. 

    "I think what we experienced over the weekend was pretty similar to 2005...and the scheme we are developing would protect Hawick from a repeat of that incident." 

  11. Travel warning for south Scotland as further rain forecast

    Traffic Scotland

    Traffic Scotland has issued a warning to motorists in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. 

    Further rain is forecast to fall on the region later, which could lead to localised flooding and transport disruption. 

    They motorists may face increased journey times, reduced visibility and there may be a risk of aquaplaning.

  12. Dumfries and Galloway is 'open for business'

    Dumfries and Galloway is "open for business" after the weekend's floods, according to a senior director of the local council. 

    Alistair Speedie, the director of planning and environment services, said: "All our towns are open, the Whitesands is open again. 

    "Please be assured that Dumfres and Galloway is open for business as we move up to the Christmas period. 

    "But as you go about that, take care."

  13. Find details of roads disruption in the Borders

    There is still some disruption on the roads in the Borders, following the floods. 

    Check out the very latest on the BBC South of Scotland Travel page

    Roads updates
  14. Eyemouth's Anderson says he deliberately lost darts clash

    BBC Sport

    Darts world champion Gary Anderson, from Eyemouth, has revealed he deliberately lost a Premier League match against Adrian Lewis at Glasgow's SECC in 2011.

    Scot Anderson, 44, led the match 3-0 but, with Lewis suffering "disgraceful" abuse, allowed the Englishman to reel off eight legs in a row to secure an 8-3 victory.

    Gary Anderson
  15. Lamont makes plea for crisis loans

    MSP John Lamont has written to Scottish Borders Council to urge them to make crisis loans available for those affected by flooding in Hawick. 

    He said he had been contacted by constituents who have discovered their policies did not cover flood damage. 

    Mr Lamont said: “Given the devastation that flooding has caused to some properties in Hawick, it is important the council does all it can to help with the clean-up. 

    "Crisis loans would provide some immediate help to residents struggling to get their homes back in order and hopefully mean they can spend Christmas in a warm, water-tight home."

  16. Refuse collection information for flood-hit Hawick

    Scottish Borders Council has issued information about household and recycling waste in the worst affected areas of Hawick. 

    • A refuse collection vehicle will travel around Mansfield Road, Duke Street, Glebe Mill Street, Laidlaw Terrace, Teviot Crescent, Teviot Road, Buccleuch Road and Sandbed this afternoon and tomorrow. It will pick up small items of waste which are bagged or in wheelie bins. 
    • Next week refuse collection vehicles will pick up any further waste presented alongside the normal general wheelie bin on the kerbside. 
    • Recycling will be collected as normal. 
    • Hawick community recycling centre is open. 
    • Bulky items like carpets and furniture can be put in skips in Duke Street, Teviot Crescent and Mansfield Road. 
    • Please don't put chemicals in the skips. Please place electrical goods on the kerbside next to the skips.
  17. Victory for St Cuthbert Wanderers

    St Cuthbert Wanderers recorded a 5-2 victory over Annan Athletic in the South Challenge Cup on Friday night. 

  18. Airman who crashed in Borders to be remembered

    Two airmen who died in a wartime crash are to be officially remembered 72 years on.


    Flight Sgt Robert Norwood, 19, and 22-year-old navigator Sgt Irvine Jackson were killed in a crash in the Scottish Borders on 4 January 1943.

    They were flying a Beaufighter which had taken off from a nearby airfield when the training accident happened.

    A plaque will be unveiled at the crash site in the hamlet of Hutton Mill Bridge in Berwickshire.