Inquiry hears of farm tragedy

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A fatal accident inquiry has heard how a Borders farmer was dragged into a grain machine after his boot lace got entangled in it.

Jim Sharp, 66, died of multiple injuries after entering a barley silo at Newbigging Walls Farm near Lauder.

The accident happened on March 17 this year.

Selkirk Sheriff Court heard it was not known how his lace had come into contact with the machinery.

Sheriff Peter Paterson made no recommendations as a result of the incident in March this year.

Sgt Graeme Shearer said in a statement read out to the court that he was called to the farm to recover the body from the silo and had been told there had been no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

He went on to explain how he located and cut a metal blade in the auger machine - used to move grain - and unwound clothing from the screw, which had included badly shredded navy overalls and jeans.

Sgt Shearer concluded that a lace was the first thing that had become entangled with the rotating blade.

Sheriff Paterson made no recommendations.

He extended his sympathies to Mr Sharp’s wife and two children who were in court for the 15-minute hearing.