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Rally deaths lead to safety for Selkirk

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Selkirk Common Riding will be included in a major review of spectator safety being carried out by Police Scotland following the Jim Clark Rally deaths.

The Scotland-wide review has been ordered by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, pictured right with Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, and will be completed within a month.

He told Holyrood: “We are moving into an unprecedented summer full of events and sporting activity...and with this in mind, I think it is appropriate to undertake a health check of event planning for events taking place this summer. This will ensure that robust safety regimes and risk assessments are in place and that licensing conditions are being met.”

The Common Riding Trust has always said safety is of paramount importance.

And in the Common Riding brochure – published before Saturday’s deaths near Swinton – Provost David Anderson revealed that, for the first time, the Common Riding will follow an event plan.

The Provost states: “This should be a seamless transition as we have always been careful to plan and organise the finer details of our historic event. Understandably, the police and emergency services need to have a clear picture of the ‘where and when’ regarding our ceremonials, and a lot of work has been done over the winter months to make sure that they have all that information.”

The review in the Borders will cover common ridings, festivals, cycling events, and some of the rugby sevens.

A separate review of motorsports has also been ordered.

 

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