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Borders MP welcomes rally safety review

Scottish Borders MP Michael Moore has welcomed the creation of a new expert safety group following the deaths of three spectators on the Jim Clark rally.

The safety panel will examine safety at all motorsport events and Sir Jackie Stewart will provide expert advice.

" I am a huge fan of motorsport and I have always enjoyed watching the Jim Clark Rally. The tragic deaths of three people at the event this year has hit our community incredibly hard and I am sure everyone will welcome this review which must ensure that this tragedy is never again repeated.

“I am glad to hear that Sir Jackie Stewart will be involved in the review as he will bring his expertise to the table. It is vital that the review pinpoints areas where the Rally’s safety can be improved so that this long-held Borders tradition can continue for all to enjoy. "

– Michael Moore MP, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Iain Provan, 64, Elizabeth Allan, 63 and Len Stern, 71, were killed in what was the second of two crashes at the popular rally on May 31, 2014.

Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart joins safety review

A review into motorsport safety following the death of three spectators at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders will include Sir Jackie Stewart as an expert adviser.

The three people died at Little Swinton, near Coldstream, last month when a rally car came off the road and crashed into spectators.

The review will focus on spectator safety and will look at all types of motorsport that takes place in Scotland including motorbiking, karting and car rallies.

Sir Jackie, a former Formula 1 champion, will provide advice, based on his decades of experience in race safety around the world.

"Sir Jackie Stewart has a distinguished record of improving safety for drivers in Formula 1, so I am very pleased that he has agreed to share his experience to ensure that all those who want to enjoy motorsport events in Scotland are as safe as possible.

"The Review of Motorsport Event Safety is critical to make sure we learn lessons and never again have to witness the tragic events of last month, where three spectators sadly lost their lives."

– Sports Secretary, Shona Robison MSP

Iain Provan, 64, Elizabeth Allan, 63 and Len Stern, 71, were killed in what was the second of two crashes at the popular rally on May 31, 2014.

The review's interim recommendations will be made before the Isle of Mull rally on October 10 with its final conclusions made public by December.


Tribute to rally crash victim, Betty Allen

Elizabeth 'Betty' Allen Credit: Police Scotland

The family of Elizabeth Allen, known as Betty Allen, have paid tribute to her.

Betty died in the crash at the Jim Clark Rally at Little Swinton on Saturday 31st May.

In a statement released through Police Scotland, they said:

"Betty was a caring and loving daughter, sister, aunty and great aunt and will be missed immensely. We would ask that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time and allow us to grieve in private."

Safety reviews ordered in wake of Jim Clark rally deaths

Scotland's Justice Secretary has ordered a review into safety at public events and motorsport safety following the Jim Clark Rally tragedy.

Kenny MacAskill addressed the Scottish Parliament this afternoon with the latest into the crash that killed three spectators at the weekend. Our Correspondent Hannah McNulty was watching the speech.


'Hard lessons' to be learnt following rally tragedy

Kenny MacAskill, Scotland's Justice Secretary, has offered his condolences to the families of those who died at the Jim Clark rally on Saturday, 31st May.

He was speaking to Scottish Parliament regarding the incidents at the Jim Clark rally which resulted in three deaths and six seriously injured.

He further spoke of the 'hard lessons' to be learnt and how they may contribute to the safety of future events.

Justice Secretary orders review into spectator safety at public events

Scotland's Justice Secretary has ordered a review into spectator safety at public events, following the Jim Clark Rally tragedy. Kenny MacAskill made the announcement to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

The Scottish Government has also commissioned a review into motorsport event safety following the deaths of Iain Provan, 64, Elizabeth Allen, 63 and Len Stern, 71, who were hit by a car at Little Swinton near Coldstream on Saturday afternoon. Several other people were injured in an earlier crash.

The review will include Scottish Borders Council, Police Scotland, the Motor Sports Association, event organisers and other agencies.

It follows a briefing by Police Scotland to Kenny MacAskill, the Justice Secretary, and the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland in Kelso on Monday night. The sports governing body, the Motor Sports Association, will also carry out its own inquiry, once those reviews have taken place.

Jim Clark rally: Public safety is 'paramount'

Following the three deaths at the Jim Clark rally, some people are now questioning spectator safety.

Two other men were also injured watching the rally a few hours before the fatal second incident.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland, the top prosecutor, received a briefing from police investigating the crashes in nearby Kelso yesterday (2nd June).

Chief Superintendant Gill Imery, Police Scotland, says that despite the popularity of the Jim Clark rally, the future of the event could be put on hold if there are doubts about public safety.

Justice Secretary to make statement to Scottish Parliament

Scotland's Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, will make a statement to the Scottish Parliament this afternoon (3rd June) about a crash at the Jim Clark Rally. It claimed the lives of two men and a woman at the weekend.

On Monday he received a briefing from officers at Kelso Police Station with Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland, who then visited the scene of the crash at Little Swinton near Coldstream.

Asked whether there was to be a review of spectator safety, he said:

"I'll be making a statement to parliament. I don't want to pre-empt that, I think that would be disrespectful... But we will be making comment not simply on the event and the investigation but also on what we think may need to be done about spectator safety."

– Kenny MacAskill, Scotland's Justice Secretary

On the question of whether the Jim Clark Rally should be cancelled next year, he said:

"I think we have to make sure that proper investigation is carried out.

"We've got to bear in mind that although there have been three deaths and families are deeply affected... this has run safely for 44 years. There will be lessons, there may have to be action, but it would be premature to make any decision."

– Kenny MacAskill, Scotland's Justice Secretary
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