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Teenage gamekeeper dies in Borders shooting incident

A teenage gamekeeper has died in a shooting accident in the Borders.

The body of Mathew Tyson was found in a field on an estate in Berwickshire on Wednesday morning.

Police were called to Horseupcleugh Farm near Longformacus, at around 9.30am, where they found the 19-year-old assistant gamekeeper.

He was was pronounced dead at the scene.

“This was a tragic accident. Our thoughts are with Mathew’s family. We are assisting the Authorities and the Police will be issuing a statement.”

– Alex Jameson, Manager, Horseupcleugh Estate

“Mathew was very highly regarded. This is a terrible loss to his family, friends and colleagues and we send strength to his family at this very difficult time.”

– Spokesman, The Scottish Gamekeepers Association

"Police in Duns attended at a field near Horseupcleugh Farm, Longformacus, after the body of a man was discovered around 9.30 am on Wednesday. “Inquiries are ongoing but there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.”

– Spokesperson, Police Scotland


Gamekeeper by day; Artist by night

Michael Batey working on a new painting Credit: ITV Border

A gamekeeper on the Buccleuch Estate has a second career as an artist.

Michael Batey has worked outdoors for twenty years but last year he took part in the SpringFling art festival in Dumfries and Galloway.

He sold all his paintings and now he dedicates his evenings to painting, with hopes to enter the SpringFling again this year.

He was encouraged to take up art by his teachers in school, but claims his time outdoors provides inspiration for his other job.

Another of Mr Batey's artworks Credit: ITV Border