Galashiels-based police officer from Lauder killed in A7 bike crash

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A TRAFFIC police officer from the Borders has been named as the motorcyclist killed in a crash with two cars on the A7 north of Galashiels on Tuesday, writes Bob Burgess.

Grahame Allan was based at Galashiels and lived in Lauder with his wife and three children.

The 36-year-old died after being airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary from the crash scene near Fountainhall.

Two cars were involved and a 51-year-old woman from a BMW was allowed home after treatment at the Borders General for cuts and bruising.

Mr Allan had been with Lothian and Borders Police for 15 years working in Leith, Portobello and Craigmillar before joining the force’s Road Policing Department and posted to Galashiels.

His family has paid an emotional tribute. In statement they said : “Grahame was a wonderful husband and father. A true friend and adored by his family.

“He touched the lives of so many people and was an inspiration to those who knew him well.”

Superintendent Alan Duncan said : “Grahame’s death has devastated his many friends and colleagues across the force.”

Investigators have examined Mr Allan’s Honda motorcycle and the cars involved.

The A7 was closed for more than six hours and police have appealed for witnesses to the 4.10pm Tuesday crash.