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Policeman Rhys Prentice killed in Galashiels motorbike crash

Rhys Prentice Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Rhys Prentice died at the scene of the accident in the Borders

An off-duty policeman has been killed in a crash on the A7 in the Scottish Borders.

PC Rhys Prentice, 24, who was stationed in East Lothian, died at the scene of the accident just north of Galashiels.

The crash happened at about 12:25 on Sunday when his Yamaha motorbike was in collision with a Peugeot 107.

Both occupants of the car suffered serious injuries in the incident and were taken to the Borders General Hospital for treatment.

In a statement issued through Police Scotland Mr Prentice's family said: "We are absolutely devastated at the loss of Rhys - our much loved son, brother, fiancé and friend.

"Rhys was an enthusiastic biker and a dedicated police officer.

"He made us all very proud and words cannot describe how much we will miss him."

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Image caption The road near Galashiels was shut for several hours following the crash

Ch Supt Lesley Clark said it was a "sad day" for the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division with the loss of a "young and enthusiastic officer".

"Rhys was stationed in East Lothian and will be sadly missed," she said.

"He was a popular and devoted officer and support is being given to his colleagues.

"Rhys' parents and fiancée were exceptionally proud of his chosen career and our thoughts remain with his family and friends at this tragic time."

The road was closed in both directions for about eight hours while emergency services attended the scene and carried out a collision investigation.

Sgt Ross Drummond said: "This incident has tragically resulted in the death of a young man and a colleague.

"Our inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision and anyone who was on the road at the time and witnessed what happened, is urged to contact police."

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