UPDATE: Tweedbank death now treated as a murder

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Borders Police in the Borders have launched a murder investigation following the death of an elderly man in Galashiels.

The body of 75-year-old David Farish was discovered within his home address in Broadlee Bank at around 1.30pm on Thursday, February 18.

Police taped off the area and have maintained a presence at the house since this time.

Following a post mortem examination on the afternoon of Saturday, February 20, the death is being treated as murder and an investigation, led by Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team is under way.

Detective Inspector David Pinkney from the MIT said: “At this time we are in the initial stages of our inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding David’s death.

“However, as a result of the investigative and forensic work already carried out, we are satisfied that he has been murdered.

“David was last seen alive at 8.15am on Tuesday, February 16, prior to officers finding his body at 1.30pm on Thursday afternoon, and anyone with information as to his movements between this time period is urged to come forward.”

DI Pinkney added: “Police Scotland was alerted to David’s body being within his flat by an anonymous caller who hung up quickly without leaving any details.

“I would request that individual to urgently get back in touch and help us with our investigation.

“In addition, anyone who has seen any suspicious activity within the Broadlee Bank area between Tuesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 18 should also contact police immediately.”

Inspector Ali Hutchens from Melrose Police Station said: “This incident will undoubtedly distress and unsettle the local community and I would like to reassure everyone that a robust police presence will be in place throughout the Tweedbank area to investigate this crime, speak with residents and garner information that can help us bring David’s killer to justice.

“Thankfully, offences of this nature remain extremely rare in the Borders, but when they do occur we will utilise all resources at our disposal to investigate thoroughly.

“Anyone with information that can assist with our ongoing inquiries is asked to come forward.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.