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Man's murder in Whitecraig linked to A1 crash

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Image caption Police closed a large stretch of the A1 following the incidents

Detectives investigating the discovery of a man's body behind an East Lothian pub are treating the death as murder.

Officers have yet to officially name the victim but he is believed to be Steven Curran, who is understood to have run the Dolphin Inn at Whitecraig.

Police said his body was found at the back of the pub at about 0200 BST.

Lothian and Borders police are connecting the death with a crash which happened on the A1 near Dunbar at about 0015 BST.

Police said a Toyota Celica collided with the central reservation near Dunbar and was found abandoned when officers arrived.

Officers are "confident" the two incidents were linked and appealed for information.

Anyone who was on the A1 and witnessed the collision, or who saw the vehicle driving erratically at the Thistly Cross Roundabout or the Spott Roundabout is asked to contact Lothian and Borders Police.

Similarly, anyone who saw a man walking alone in the countryside near the Broxburn Estate in Dunbar should also make contact with police.

Det Insp Stuart Hood, who is leading the investigation said: "We are still trying to piece together the circumstances surrounding both of these incidents.

"However, we are confident they are linked.

"If you were in the Dolphin Inn around closing time, we are very keen to speak to you.

"Likewise, we are also keen to hear from anyone who saw the Toyota Celica on or around the A1 and who has information as to its movements before the collision."

The crash caused long tailbacks on the A1, with major traffic disruption reported in the eastern Borders.

Diversions were set up throughout the area, with vehicles made to use the A68 southbound and the A6112 and A697 northbound through Duns and Greenlaw.

The road has since reopened.

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