Man dies in Moffat after falling from shed

A 62-year-old man has died after falling from a shed, police have confirmed.

The emergency services were called to Poldean Farm, near Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, at about 14:30 on Saturday.

The dead man has been named as William Davidson, who lived at the farm with his family.

A police spokesman said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Lockerbie farmer, Robin Spence, who had known Mr Davidson for more than 30 years, said he was a well respected figure within the sector and would be sorely missed.

"Willie was a stalwart of the farming industry throughout his career - in the Young Farmers, NFU Scotland and local shows," he said.

He said Mr Davidson had rebuilt his cattle and sheep stock after it was wiped out by foot-and-mouth disease in 2001.

He was then part of a steering group helping other farmers affected by the crisis.

"He was involved in so many different facets of it and it is such a tragedy it has been cut short," added Mr Spence.

He said Mr Davidson's "ready wit" and "insightful comments" would be missed.

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