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Young Farmer, 26, killed in quad bike incident less than 24 hours after another farm death

Tributes have been pouring in for a Young Farmer who died after a reported quad bike incident less than 24 hours after a farmer died from an incident involving machinery.

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Young Farmer, 26, killed in quad bike incident less than 24 hours after another farm death

Two families have been hit by farm-related tragedies just 24-hours apart from each other.

 

Tributes have been pouring in for a Young Farmer – named locally as former Kelso Laddie Ian Whellans – who died on Sunday (November 11) after a reported quad bike incident.

 

The 26-year-old died at the scene on a farm near the village of Hume, Kelso after Police Scotland were called at about 10.15 am.

 

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 26-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene and the death is not being treated as suspicious.


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“Officers are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive in relation to this incident and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

 

Mr Whellans, who was a keen member of Kelso Rugby Club, was described as a ‘well respected’ and ‘much liked gentleman’.

 

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Taking to social media, a spokesperson for Kelso Civic Week, said: “It is with deep regret and much sadness that we announce the untimely passing earlier today of our 2016 Kelso Laddie, Ian Whellans.

 

“Ian was a well-respected and much liked young gentleman who was a credit to both the Association and the Town during his time as Kelso Laddie. He will be sadly missed by many, both near and far.

 

“Our thoughts are very much with Ian’s family and friends at this very sad time.

“Ride on Kelso Laddie – ride on.”

 

 

It came less than 24-hours after 47-year-old Neil Ironside died in a farm machinery-related incident in the Fisherie area of Turriff.

 

His brother Alan was killed when he was dragged into a combine harvester on the same farm in 2015.

 

An inquest in 2016 heard how Mr Alan Ironside left the cab to clear a blockage, when his father, who was still in the cab, accidentally turned the combine back on.

 

The local community has been left devastated by the deaths.

 

Police Scotland said there were no suspicious circumstances.

 

A spokesperson said: “Police are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive and as with all sudden deaths a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

 

 

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