Motorcyclist is killed on A708

Borders police are appealing for witnesses following a crash yesterday afternoon in the Yarrow Valley between a motorbike and a car, in which the motorcyclist sadly lost his life.

Police Scotland
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The man who died has been named as 58-year-old Andrew Atkinson, who was pronounced dead at the scene after his BMW R1250 GS motorbike collided with a stationary Vauxhall Meriva on the A708, between the Yarrow Valley and Moffat, at around 4pm on Sunday, July 10.

The driver of the car was not injured.

A 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with road traffic offences, but has been released pending further enquiries.

The road was closed for around seven hours while crash investigations took place.

Lothian and Borders Road Policing Sergeant Barry Sommerville said: “My thoughts go out to Andrew’s wife, daughters, grandsons and friends at this very difficult time.

“We are working to piece together exactly what happened in the lead-up to this crash and I would urge anyone with information or dash-cam footage to contact police.

“Andrew was travelling with two other bikers at the time, maybe you remember seeing the group in the area around 4pm.

"If so, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 2416 of 10 July, 2022.