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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 15 December
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday 16 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, thanks for joining us and come back tomorrow morning from 9am for more news, sport, travel and weather from southern Scotland.

    Remember you can follow us on Twitter or get in touch via email.

  2. Opportunity to view plans for Balunton Hill wind farm

    The public is being given the opportunity to view plans for a wind farm close to the Galloway Forest Park. 

    Developers North British Windpower want to construct nine turbines at Balunton Hill, two kilometres (1.2miles) north-west of Glentrool village. 

    Locals opposing the scheme have raised concerns about the potential environmental and visual impact on the surrounding landscape. 

    The application can be viewed at Newton Stewart library, the local authority offices in Stranraer, or online at the council website

  3. Appeal after assault on 14-year-old girl in Hawick

    Police have appealed for information following an assault on a 14-year-old girl in Hawick at the weekend. 

    The incident happened in Silverbuthall Road on Friday at 22:20.

    A spokesman said inquiries are currently ongoing and anyone with information should contact Police Scotland. 

  4. A cold, damp evening in the south of Scotland

    A cloudy, damp evening and night as a weather front moves in from the south. This will give a spell of moderate to heavy rain across our region after dark. 

    It clears though after midnight to give a drier slot before a further spell of rain arrives by dawn. . 

    Weather forecast for Selkirk

    Breezy from the south east and winds veering southerly through the night - fresh on the coast. 

    A mild night with lows similar to the temperatures we reached during the afternoon today - so around 7 or 8 celsius.   

  5. Tune in

    Hear the latest news bulletins from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders on BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30. 

    We'll be back with more at 06:30; 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow. 

  6. Eyemouth school children unveil 80ft long community art project

    School children from Eyemouth have unveiled an 80 ft long, 16 panel community art mural. 

    A total of 75 pupils from the town's high school, and five local primaries were involved in creating the artwork. 

    The colourful representation of of the East Berwickshire community will be used to transform an otherwise plain fence in the High School grounds.  

    mural
    mural
    mural
  7. Volunteers did 'incredible job' during Hawick floods, MP tells Commons

    Volunteers and emergency services did an “incredible job” in dealing with the recent Hawick floods, Borders MP Calum Kerr has told the House of Commons.

    He said that the town had “reacted magnificently” to the crisis which saw the River Teviot break its banks and force the evacuation of 600 people. In a debate on flooding and climate change, he confirmed that money was available from the Scottish Government to fund a full flood prevention initiative. Mr Kerr said: “A preferred scheme has been chosen and we are now moving to detailed design."

  8. New judges join Walter Scott Prize panel

    Two new judges have joined the panel for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

    They are the poet and novelist poet Jackie Kay, and the news and arts broadcaster and writer James Naughtie.

  9. Trains between Dumfries and Carlisle to resume

    Trains will run between Dumfries and Carlisle again from Sunday - two weeks after the route was hit by floods.

    Buses have replaced the Scotrail service across the border since Storm Desmond caused devastating flooding in the Cumbrian city.

    Scotrail train

    A spokeswoman for the train firm said engineers have been working to repair damage to signalling on the route.

    She said repairs are expected to be completed at the weekend and the normal service will resume on Sunday.

  10. Annan boss Jim Chapman on difficult run of fixtures

    Quote Message: We know we are in a real difficult period at the moment with tough fixtures coming up. Also we know what time of year it is where it is dead easy to lose that focus and it is dead easy to maybe overindulge - but we trust our boys. They know what they have got to commit and they are not frightened of that. from Jim Chapman Annan Athletic manager, speaking ahead of Montrose clash
    Jim ChapmanAnnan Athletic manager, speaking ahead of Montrose clash
  11. 'Horrifying' rapist jailed

    A man who carried out a "shocking, horrifying and demeaning" catalogue of physical and sexual abuse against five women has been jailed for 10 years.

    Donnie Renfrew was convicted of abusing the women between 1986 and 2013 in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and the Borders.

    The 48-year-old denied the offences but was convicted following a trial.

    Renfrew's victims told the court he became deranged while listening to heavy metal music and had raped one of the women in front of her children.

  12. Castle Craig founders open new clinic in Ireland

    Border Telegraph

    The founders of the Castle Craig Hospital in Peeblesshire are this week opening a new inpatient clinic in Ireland.

    Smarmore Castle Private Clinic has been established to make treatment accessible for Scottish patients who are unable to get funding for residential rehab through the NHS.  

    Under the rules of the EU cross-border healthcare directive, Scottish residents will be able to claim funding for their treatment costs at Smarmore Castle from the NHS.

  13. Berwick Rangers to line up against Arbroath

    Berwick Rangers play their postponed league match at Arbroath tonight.

    Kick off at Gayfield is at 19:45. The Wee Gers remain bottom of the SPFL Two table having lost to Elgin City at the weekend. 

  14. Councillors to learn more about Hawick flood protection scheme

    A presentation on the Hawick flood protection scheme will be given to members of the Teviotdale and Liddlesdale area forum tonight - less than fortnight after the town suffered serious flooding. 

    Homes and businesses were hit and hundreds of people evacuated following persistent heavy rainfall. 

    The Teviot reached its second-highest height in over 30 years. 

    The new flood scheme won't be in place for a few years yet but local politicians are hoping the £30 million scheme could get underway by 2017, depending on funding.

  15. South of Scotland trainers in action again

    South of Scotland trainers are looking for winners once again today.

    Carrutherstown's Iain Jardine has Tiger's Home running at Southwell at 1pm.

    And 15 minutes later, Berwickshire's Sandy Thomson sends out Seldom Inn at Catterick.