South Scotland

Farm worker dies after falling into a silo in Denholm

An 18-year-old worker has died after falling into a 50ft-high silo at a farm in the Scottish Borders.

The man is believed to have become trapped in the tower at Deanfoot Farm, near the village of Denholm.

Emergency services were alerted shortly after 09:00 and fire crews from Hawick and Jedburgh cut a hole in the silo to get him out.

Paramedics then took over but the teenager could not be resuscitated.

The farm was sealed off as a full investigation got under way.

Farm owner Peter Manners was unavailable for comment.

It is not known whether the silo was storing grain or fermented feed, known as silage, at the time of the tragedy.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "Inquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and officers are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive."

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