Rally dead named

Police have confirmed the identities of the three spectators killed during the Jim Clark Rally yesterday (Saturday).

The deceased are Iain John Provan (64) and Elizabeth Allan (63), both from Barrhead, along with 71-year-old John Leonard Stern (known as Len) from Bearsden, who were killed yesterday afternoon around 4.05pm.

A 61-year-old man who was also injured in this collision is in a stable condition at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, while a 61-year-old man who was injured in the earlier collision near Eccles, is in a critical but stable condition at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

It has also been announced that Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland will tomorrow, Monday June 2, visit Kelso Police Station to receive a briefing from Police Scotland in relation to accidents at the Jim Clark Rally on Saturday.

Following discussions with opposition business managers today it has also been agreed that the Justice Secretary will make a statement to Parliament on these tragic events on Tuesday.

Mr MacAskill said: “As the First Minister said yesterday, this is desperately sad and difficult news from the Borders of the tragic events at the Jim Clark rally.

“The Jim Clark Rally is a long-standing event and has been part of the local community for over 40 years.

“This incident will have come as a tremendous shock to the local community and wider motoring family. All across Scotland people are sharing the sadness of this tragic event and stand ready to support the local community.

“Above all, our thoughts are with the family and friends of those affected. I will visit Kelso Police Station tomorrow with Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland to meet Police Scotland and discuss the work that has been undertaken by the emergency services since the incident took place.”

Police Scotland is to provide a briefing for the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the Lord Advocate at Kelso at 3pm tomorrow.