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Murdered Midlothian teenager's parents call for calm

Dale Bennett
Image caption Dale Bennett, 17, died after a disturbance in Gorebridge

The parents of a murdered Midlothian teenager have called on the local community not to seek revenge for his death.

Dale Bennett, 17, died after a disturbance on Newbyres Crescent, Gorebridge, at 0220 GMT on Saturday.

Garry and Michelle Bennett appealed for the community to stay calm in the wake of their son's death, saying he would not want retribution for his death.

A 20-year-old man appeared in court on Monday charged with his murder.

Mr Bennett said: "People who knew Dale would know that he was the kind of lad who would not want any retribution sought for his death, and we would like to appeal to the local communities to respect his memory.

"Michelle and I are appealing to anyone who has information about our son's murder to come forward and speak to the police as soon as possible, and for those who are working with police to fully co-operate."

Insp Mike Bennett, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "We are aware that there are tensions in the aftermath of Dale's death, however it is important that everyone respects the wishes of his parents, and refrains from seeking any kind of retribution.

"It is equally important that anyone who has information about Dale's death, who has not yet been in touch with police, comes forward immediately."

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