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Police name man who died after fall on Orkney cliffs

A search and rescue helicopter was called in to aid the search.
A search and rescue helicopter was called in to aid the search.

Police in Orkney have named the man who died following a fall at cliffs near Deerness.

The body of Colin Middleton was recovered from the foot of the cliffs on the afternoon of Thursday, September 20 following a multi-agency response by police, HM Coastguard, RNLI and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Sadly the 49-year-old from Sheffield could not be saved despite the best efforts of the various agencies.

Man dies in Orkney cliff fall

There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.

Chief Inspector Matt Webb said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Middleton’s family and friends at this extremely sad time.

“There are no suspicious circumstances and Mr Middleton’s death appears to be a tragic accident.

Police in Orkney can confirm that the man who died following a fall at cliffs near Deerness was Colin Middleton, 49,…

Posted by Highland & Islands Police Division on Friday, 21 September 2018

“However, we are continuing to establish the full circumstances and I would be grateful if anyone who has information but has not yet spoken to police gets in touch as soon as they can.

“I would also take the opportunity to thank our partner agencies for their support during this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 1585 of September 20.

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