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Hundreds pay tribute to Keir Millar

A car-shaped floral tribute from Keir Millar's parents Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of 11-year-old Keir Millar, who died in a mini stock car accident earlier this month.

Keir, from the village of Heck near Lockerbie, passed away following a racing event in Fife.

Amongst the floral tributes at the funeral in Lochmaben was a mini-car from his parents.

The police were called to monitor traffic in the town because of the number of people who attended.

Police guidance for people attending Keir Millar's funeral

Keir Millar

The funeral is taking place of 11-year-old Keir Millar from Lockerbie who died in a mini-stock car racing accident earlier this month.

Police will be operating a traffic flow system near the church in Lochmaben because of the large number of people expected to attend.

The service will be at 2pm at the Church of Scotland in Lochmaben.

Due to a large number of expected mourners at a funeral which is to take place at the Church of Scotland in Lochmaben at 2pm on Friday 22 May, a policing operation has been put in place to ensure traffic flow is managed effectively.

We would ask for patience from everyone, visitors and residents alike in order to get everyone in and out of the service and then to the cemetery in a safe manner.

Parking in the town will be at a premium, particularly around the church, which sits just off the main A709 as it runs through the town. Please consider carefully you travel plans and where you might want to park."

– Police Scotland


Police hunt man armed with shotgun in Lockerbie

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Armed response vehicles and a police helicopter have been searching for a man seen in Lockerbie carrying a shotgun.

Police received reports just after 10am yesterday that a man had been spotted by a passing motorist at the side of the Lockerbie to Corrie road near to Corrielaw Lodge in possession of a shotgun.

The only description of the man is that he was wearing a red jacket and jeans.

Police Scotland officers from the area, supported by the Armed Response Vehicle and the Police Scotland helicopter attended and searched the surrounding area however the man was not traced.

"In response to a call about a man carrying a shotgun on the Lockerbie to Corrie road we deployed appropriate resources to carry out a thorough search of the area.

"Local officers were supported by the armed response vehicle and the police helicopter. We have no yet traced anyone and I would ask that anyone who may have been on this road around 10am yesterday to get in touch if they can help identify him. I would also ask that the man himself comes forward and identifies himself to the police in order to provide an explanation as to the circumstances."

– Steven Lowther, Police Scotland Operational Commander Superintendent

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland at Lockerbie on 101.

Keir Millar remembered as 'the boy who rose to any challenge'

Keir Millar

The head teacher of Keir Millar's former school has paid tribute to the eleven-year-old, who died in an accident yesterday.

Lynn McAulay-Sharp, head teacher of Hightae, Tundergarth and St Mungo primary schools, said:

Keir was a very popular boy who made friends easily across the partnership of Hightae, Tundergarth and St Mungo schools. He recently joined Tundergarth from Hightae and quickly became a part of the school community.

He was a gifted athlete and excelled at all sports. As the star of our partnership football team he was much admired by his team mates. Although a world champion stock car racer, Keir was modest and unassuming of his achievements and was always encouraging towards others less talented. He showed a mature and caring patience particularly with the younger children in all three of our schools.

Keir was a multi talented boy who was a perfectionist in all he turned his hand to. He was always willing to have a go.

He was a reliable and thoughtful friend and the loss we are feeling across the school communities of Tundergarth, Hightae and St Mungo reflects the positive impact Keir had on all our lives.

Our thoughts are with Keir’s family at this extremely difficult time and we send them our deepest sympathy and support.

We will remember Keir as the boy who rose to any challenge, always with a smile on his face."

– Lynn McAulay-Sharp, headteacher of Hightae, Tundergarth and St Mungo primary schools

Keir Millar's family 'extremely distraught' over his death

Police Scotland has issued a statement this evening concerning the death of Keir Millar, the young stock car racer:

"Police Scotland can confirm that the 11-year-old injured at a youth stock car event in Lochgelly, Fife, on Saturday, May 9, has died.

Keir Millar passed away peacefully today (Monday, May 11) at around 4pm at the Sick Kids Hospital, Edinburgh.

Keir's family has issued the following statement.

'The family of Keir Millar are extremely distraught at the passing of their son. He was a much loved son and brother and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

'The family is requesting privacy at this most difficult time.'

Eleven-year-old Lockerbie stockcar champion dies from injuries

Keir Millar.

An 11-year-old world champion mini stock car driver who was seriously injured in a crash has died.

Keir Millar, from Lockerbie, was hurt in a race at Lochgelly Raceway in Fife on Saturday.

He was taken to hospital in Edinburgh, and initial reports from race organisers had suggested he had passed away on Monday morning.

However, Police Scotland later confirmed that he remained in a critical condition in hospital, and his family have now said that he died at around 4pm Monday 11 May.

In a statement issued through NHS Lothian they asked for space and time to grieve.

Due to the injuries sustained in an accident at the weekend Keir has sadly passed away.

We, as a family, request space and time to grieve in private."

– Keir Millar's family

Keir took part in the Ministox racing series and last year won the Ninja Kart Championship in England.

A race at Lochgelly later this week has been cancelled out of respect.


Young Lockerbie racer fighting for his life after crash

Keir Millar is already a world champion, aged just 11. Credit: DMC Racing Promotions

Police Scotland are reporting that an eleven-year-old world champion racer from Lockerbie is in critical condition, after an accident at the Lochgelly Raceway this weekend.

Mini stock car driver Keir Millar was badly hurt in the incident, and is fighting for his life in hospital in Edinburgh.

It has been reported that he had died, and several tributes have been released, however Police Scotland say he remains in critical condition.

He won the Ninja Kart Championship in England last year and took part in the Ministox racing series.

Police in Fife were called to Lochgelly at around 8pm on Saturday, May 9, following reports that an 11-year-old boy had sustained serious injuries during a stock car event.

He was conveyed to the Victoria Hospital in Fife, then the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh where his condition remains serious."

– Police Scotland

Men rescued from overturned car in Dumfries

Two men have been cut from an overturned car in Dumfries and Galloway by firefighters.

The accident happened on the evening of Sunday 7 December, on the M74 between J18 Lockerbie South and J19 Ecclefechan.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews from Annan and Lockerbie were called into action by Police Scotland.

They used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the two men, who were trapped inside a car lying on its roof.

“The vehicle was lying on its roof at the bottom of an embankment and firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the men.

“We were working closely with paramedics throughout the operation and after the casualties were released they were taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary for a precautionary check.”

– Watch Manager John Irvine, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
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