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PC Mark Murtagh named as policeman killed in crash with bus

PC Mark Murtagh died after the crash on Friday morning Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption PC Mark Murtagh died after the crash on Friday morning

A police officer who died after his motorbike was in a collision with a bus has been named as PC Mark Murtagh.

The officer was on his way to work when his motorcycle collided with the bus at about 07:00 on Friday, on the A6105 near Earlston in the Borders.

PC Murtagh was based at Galashiels Police Station.

In a statement, his family paid tribute to him, saying: "Mark was a caring and loving husband, a devoted father and will be greatly missed."

Chief Superintendent Gillian Imery said: "Our sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time."

PC Murtagh received a Lothian and Borders Police Meritorious award four years ago for helping to detain an armed man who had taken a woman hostage in her own home in Broxburn, West Lothian.

The woman managed to escape but PC Murtagh and three colleagues were confronted with a man who threw a knife and charged at them with broken glass.

He was praised for his courage in managing to deal with the incident with no-one being seriously injured.

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