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Thornhill quad bike river death inquiry due to begin

Rescue teams and the upturned quad bike
Image caption Mrs Weir's quad bike was recovered from Burnsands Burn in Thornhill

An inquiry is due to begin into the death of a woman who is thought to have been swept away while crossing a flood-swollen burn on a quad bike last year.

The incident happened near the home of Linda Weir, 58, at Crairieknowe Farm, near Thornhill, north of Dumfries.

She was reported missing on 5 April and her body was eventually discovered further down the river 17 days later.

The circumstances surrounding her death will be examined at an inquiry set to take place at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

A major search operation was launched after Mrs Weir was reported missing.

Her quad bike was found partially submerged in fast-flowing Burnsands Burn which runs into the River Nith.

It is thought she had been trying to navigate the vehicle through the water when she was swept away.

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