By Andrew Picken
BBC Scotland News
Rescuers have come the aid of a swan trapped for hours on a frozen Scottish loch.
South Scotland reporter, BBC news website
Dumfries and Galloway Council leader Elaine Murray says she feels taking the region from level one to level four on 26 December is too extreme.
"In my personal view placing the whole of mainland Scotland in level four on Boxing Day is an over-reaction," she says.
"Dumfries and Galloway will have been in level one for 15 days by then and so far we have continued to meet the criteria for that level.
"It feels as if businesses in Dumfries and Galloway are being penalised for problems elsewhere in the country - many businesses must be despairing now."
A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway southbound severe accident, at J19 for B725.
A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway - A74(M) in Dumfries and Galloway partially blocked southbound at J19, B725 (Ecclefechan), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.
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By Giancarlo Rinaldi
South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website
Travel restrictions meant Jason in Scotland and Christine in England couldn't visit family graves.