Police Scotland and Scottish Borders Council have issued a joint statement thanking the Berwickshire community for their help and patience in the aftermath of the tragic events at the Jim Clark Rally at the weekend.
Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson from Police Scotland said: “I would like to offer my condolences to those who were affected by the tragic events on Saturday during the Jim Clark Rally. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives and to everyone else affected.
“The Jim Clark Rally is an important and long-standing tradition for the Scottish Borders and I know that it means a lot to the community.
“Events on Saturday have had a huge impact on everyone in the area but the local community have really pulled together during these difficult times. I would like to thank them for all their assistance and patience over the last couple of days.”
Scottish Borders Council leader, David Parker, added: “On behalf of myself, elected members and colleagues at Scottish Borders Council I would like to offer condolences to those who were affected by the tragic events on Saturday, May 31, during the Jim Clark Rally. Our thoughts are very much with the families of those who lost their lives and to everyone else affected.
“Public events are a key part of our heritage and culture and they are of considerable benefit to the local economy. We will work with event organisers over the coming months and will continue to place the highest priority on public safety.”
The range of events held locally are diverse in nature, from common ridings, book festivals to a wide variety of sporting events, including cycling, car rallies and rugby 7s. By the nature of some sporting events, risks can never be 100% eliminated. However when an event involves the public highway or requires restriction to road access, Scottish Borders Council and its partners will continue to undertake a process, whereby the event organisers’ plans are subject to an in-depth multi-agency review to ensure public safety is paramount.
As announced by the Cabinet Secretary Kenny MacAskill in his parliamentary statement on Tuesday we will be participating in the review regarding safety at public events.