South Scotland

Tributes to lorry death pedestrian William Downie

The family of a pedestrian who died after being struck by a lorry have said he will be "sorely missed".

William Downie, 81, from Lamancha in the Scottish Borders, died at the scene of the accident.

It happened on the A701 south of Leadburn at around 12:20pm on Thursday.

In a statement his family said: "We are devastated at our loss of a much loved husband, dad, gramps, great-gramps, brother and uncle.

"He will be sorely missed and we are comforted by the messages from the community, who valued his help and friendship over the many years."

Police Scotland Sgt Gary Taylor said: "Our thoughts are with the family of William Downie at this very sad time and we will continue to offer them support as and when they need it.

"Our inquiries into the circumstances that led up to this collision are ongoing and I ask anyone with relevant information to contact police on 101 if not already done so."

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