Policeman dies in crash

Police Scotland has named the officer who died in a road accident while travelling to work on Friday as Constable Mark Murtagh, who was based at Galashiels Police Station.

Constable Murtagh’s motorcycle was in collision with a bus on the A6105 near Earlston, and traffic officers are continuing to investigate the accident and appealing for witnesses.

Chief Superintendent Gillian Imery, Divisional Commander for the Lothian and Scottish Borders Division of Police Scotland, said it was with the deepest regret that she confirmed Constable Murtagh’s death.

“Our sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time,” she continued.

“Road Policing Officers are continuing their investigation and I would urge any members of the public who witnessed the collision, or whom believe they can assist with this enquiry to contact Police Scotland immediately by calling 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

In a statement released through Police Scotland, Constable Murtagh’s family paid tribute to him, saying: “Mark was a caring and loving husband, a devoted father and will be greatly missed.

“We would ask that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time and allow us to grieve in private.”