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A77 crash motorcyclist 'died doing what he loved'

Jim Harvey. Credit: Police Scotland

The family of a motorcyclist killed in an accident on the A77 between Stranraer and Portpatrick say he died doing what he loved.

James Harvey, 64, from Prestwick, was driving a BMW motorbike, which was involved in a collision with a Subaru car on Thursday 6 October.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and his family have released a statement, saying he "lived every day to the fullest".

We cannot begin to describe the sense of loss we feel following Jim’s death. At the age of 64, Jim was still living every day to the fullest. His love and absolute passion for motorbikes really expressed his personality and outlook on life.

He loved the freedom and enjoyed the thrill of the open road. While the family are still coming to terms with the sense that Jim was taken from us prematurely, we take some comfort in knowing that Jim died doing what he loved.

– The family of Jim Harvey

Police appeal for witnesses after vandalism in Stranraer

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car windscreen was smashed outside a property in Stranraer.

It happened in the early hours of Saturday, September 3, on Sun Street.

It's believed to have happened at some point between 02:00am and 10:00am, when the owner came out and noticed it had been broken.

“I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in Sun Street or the surrounding area in the early hours of Saturday morning to get in touch.

Anyone with information can contact officers at Stranraer Police Office via 101."

– Constable Ryan Cochrane, Stranraer Police


Police looking to trace missing Stranraer woman

Police Scotland are appealing for information on Katie Lambert who has been reporting missing from Stranraer.

Police say she travelled by taxi to Glasgow in the early hours of Tuesday (21st June).

Anyone who knows Katie's whereabout is asked to call Police on 101.

Four rescued from burning boat near Stranraer

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Four men have been rescued after their boat caught fire in Luce Bay on the Galloway coast.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, when a member of the public alerted the coastguard after spotting flames.

A search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick, as well as coastguard teams from the Isle of Whithorn and Stranraer were called out along with firefighters and ambulance crew.

All four men, in their late twenties and early thirties, were taken to Galloway Community Hospital, suffering from hypothermia.

Three of the men were from Dumfries, Patna and Helensburgh.

None of the men were wearing lifejackets and the station manager has issued a warning about water safety.

“They men hadn’t a lifejacket between them. One of them had a helmet with a light on it which was what drew the lifeboat to them.

“It was pretty silly not to have lifejackets with them or some other kind of aids.

"Three of them were in their normal clothes and the fourth had a wet suit, so they were really lucky.”

“Two of them had pretty bad hypothermia and all four were taken to hospital to be checked up but were later allowed home."

– Terry Simpson, Operations Manager, Stranraer Lifeboat


Stranraer manager regrets missed chances

Stranraer dominated the first leg of their Championship playoff final, but had to settle for a 1 - 1 draw after Ayr equalised in the 94th minute.

Blues Manager Brian Reid says he regrets his team's missed chances, but that the tie is still very much open.

We could have had a comfier lead. We had a couple of great chances to make it two or three but it wasn't to be and to lose a goal in the manner we did is obviously disappointing.

But nothing is won or lost tonight anyway. Even if we'd have gone up there with a one goal head start it was still going to be a difficult game so, it has now just become a one off cup final, and one that we are looking forward to.

– Brian Reid, Manager
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