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Body of man discovered near Birsay in Orkney

James Mainland Image copyright Police Scotland

The family of an 88-year-old man missing in Orkney have been informed after a body was found.

James Mainland was reported missing from his home in Birsay almost two weeks ago.

The body of a man has now been found nearby.

Police Scotland said it was still in the very early stages of its investigation. Searchers had included police officers, coastguard teams and fire teams.

Ch Insp Matt Webb said: "Our thoughts are with Mr Mainland's family and the local community at this very sad time.

"I would like to thank residents and our partners in the emergency services for their support during searches for Mr Mainland.

"A police presence will be visible in the Birsay area over the course of today to allow us to establish the full circumstances which have led to the man's death."

"I would like to thank the community for their patience while this is ongoing."

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