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Policeman dies in A7 crash

24-year-old PC Rhys Prentice Photo: Police Scotland

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road crash on the A7, north of Galashiels, in which a police officer died.

It happened around 12.25pm on Sunday 15 July.

24-year-old Rhys Prentice was travelling on a Yamaha R6 motorcycle which was involved in a collision with a silver Peugeot 107.

Rhys Prentice died at the scene.

Both occupants of the Peugeot sustained serious injuries and were taken to the Borders General Hospital for treatment.

A7 north of Galashiels Credit: ITV Border

The road was closed in both directions for around eight hours.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

We are absolutely devastated at the loss of Rhys - our much loved son, brother, fiancé and friend.

Rhys was an enthusiastic biker and a dedicated police officer. He made us all very proud and words cannot describe how much we will miss him."

– Rhys Prentice's family

It's a sad day for the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division, with the loss of a young and enthusiastic officer.

Rhys was stationed in East Lothian and will be sadly missed. He was a popular and devoted officer and support is being given to his colleagues.

Our thoughts remain with his family and friends at this tragic time."

– Chief Superintendent Lesley Clark