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Police appeal after two people die when car hits cafe

Scene of the crash
Image caption The owners were not injured in the crash in which two people died

Police in Aberdeenshire have asked members of the public to contact them if they saw a black Vauxhall Insiginia on the A92 near St Cyrus on Sunday.

David Balneaves, 59, and his wife Helen, 61, of Inverbervie, died when their car crashed into a cafe at the Beach Road junction at about 1630 BST.

The owners, who were in another part of the building at the time, were unhurt.

The car was involved in a minor collision with a Peugeot just south of St Cyrus.

It crashed into the Old Bakery coffee shop just moments later.

Mr and Mrs Balneaves - the only people in the car - died at the scene.

Image caption The building in St Cyrus was badly damaged in the crash

Grampian Police said the A92 was closed for about 10 hours as investigators examined the scene and the car was recovered.

Insp Ian Kirkwood said: "We believe that the Vauxhall travelled on the A92 from the Dundee area prior to the crash and was involved in a minor collision with a northbound Peugeot car just south of St Cyrus.

"It then continued northwards through the village before leaving the carriageway and striking the building.

"I would appeal to anyone who may have seen the Vauxhall travelling on the A92 on the lead up to St Cyrus, or its involvement in both of the collisions, to get in touch with the police."

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