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Police name crash victims

Police Scotland have named two men who died in a crash on the A713 near Carsphairn yesterday morning.

The accident happened at Drumjohn at around 10:40 am when a red Ford Fiesta travelling north was in collision with a white delivery van travelling south.

Van driver Scott Kennedy, 46, was taken by ambulance to Ayr Hospital where he died a short time later. 50 year old Antony Sztuka died at the scene. Both men were from Ayrshire.

“We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of the time of the crash to contact police. We know from witnesses already spoken to that there was a white flat-bed pickup truck - the size of a transit van – on the road at the time of the crash. We are very keen to speak to the driver as he or she may have information that could prove vital to the investigation. Information can be passed to officers at the Road Policing department at Stranraer Police Office via 101.”

– Sergeant Billy McEwan, Road Policing Unit

Man killed in two-car crash on the A701 near Beattock

A man has been pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car road traffic crash on the A701 road near to Cragielands House in Beattock.

A second man has been taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with what are thought to be serious injuries, police say.

A general view of the A701 near to Cragielands House. Credit: Google Maps

Police Scotland has confirmed the road at the scene will be closed for some considerable time to allow for a full crash investigation to take place.

Diversions have been put in place; for immediate updates click here.


'Serious' hit and run in Cleator Moor

Police are continuing to investigate a 'serious' incident on Leconfield Street in Cleator Moor.

Officers were called to the scene at 8:12am this morning, Friday 11 July, after reports of a hit and run.

Witnesses said a blue vehicle hit a pedestrian but failed to stop.

The road is closed between The Square and the Co-Op store and all motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the police.

Policeman killed in accident named

PC Craig Postlethwaite Credit: The Postlethwaite family

The policeman who was killed in a road traffic accident has been named as 38 year old PC Craig Postlethwaite.

He lived in the Workington area and worked in the west Cumbria roads policing unit. He was off duty when the accident happened near Cockermouth on Wednesday afternoon.

Sergeant Jim Lloyd, who worked with Craig and is a close family friend. He said PC Postlethwaite was an exemplary officer and paid tribute to him:

“Craig was an exceptional man and a very dedicated officer. He recently moved to the Roads Policing Unit which was a career path that he had always wanted to follow and had also just completed his firearms course.

He was well liked and respected by the community and all his colleagues – he was a genuinely nice and thoroughly decent bloke. As a police officer, he was an example to us all. He will be a massive loss to the policing family and we will all miss him.”


An off duty policeman has been killed in road accident

Cumbria police have confirmed that an off duty policeman has been killed in an accident in west Cumbria.

The accident happened on Wednesday on Lamplugh Road, Cockermouth between a motorbike and 4 x 4 vehicle.

The off duty policeman who was driving the motorbike died at the scene. He was a 38 year old from the Workington area. He hasn't been named. The driver of the car, a 65 year old man from the Penrith area is being treated for shock in the Cumberland Infirmary.