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Police name Alness death man as Nickolas Bowes

Nickolas Bowes. Pic: Northern Constabulary
Image caption Nickolas Bowes was said to have collapsed at a birthday party

Police have named a man whose death on Saturday remains "unexplained" has been named as 18-year-old Nickolas Bowes.

Northern Constabulary said it had launched an extensive inquiry, but added officers were not looking for anyone in connection with the incident.

Mr Bowes was reported to have been injured at a birthday party in Alness in Easter Ross and had collapsed.

Medical teams and police officers tried to resuscitate him at the scene and at hospital in Inverness, but he died.

His family in Alness have thanked people who have offered them support.

In a statement, his sister Emma Bowes and his step father Trevor MacPhee said: 'We are all devastated and numb at the loss of our happy and lovable Nick who cared deeply for his family.

"We would like to thank all our neighbours and friends who are supporting us through this sad time."

DI Vince McLaughlin, who is leading the investigation, said Mr Bowes' death was being treated as unexplained at this stage.

He said: "We are focusing on three particular areas - the interview of those who were within the address at the time of the incident, the forensic examination of the house and the post mortem to establish the cause of death."

Ch Insp Gus MacPherson, area commander for Ross and Cromarty, added: "This is a tragic death the full circumstances of which are still being investigated.

"Family liaison officers are supporting Mr Bowes' next of kin.

"I would like to reassure the community in Alness that despite the intense police activity we are not looking to trace any individual in connection with this incident."

He added: "A number of witnesses have been spoken to and I would like to thank the community for the support and assistance they are giving enquiry officers as the investigation goes forward."

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