Rally shock: Salmond

Commenting on the tragic events at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond called it “desperately sad and difficult news”.

Mr Salmond said: “The police have confirmed three fatalities and my thoughts are with all of those involved and the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives.

“The Government is in contact with Police Scotland and we await the outcome of their inquiries.

“The Jim Clark Rally is a longstanding event of over 40 years. It is much loved in the Borders and by the rally driving community who I know will share in our sadness at what is a black day for the Borders and for Scotland.”