The death of a man killed when he was crushed by a tree he was cutting down has been ruled "a genuine tragic accident" by a sheriff. John Phillips died aged 29 on land in Angus owned by the family of his life-long friend, David Cochrane.
Mr Cochrane told a fatal accident inquiry at Forfar Sheriff Court that his friend had given him a thumbs up signal second before the tree fell directly on top of him. He had been operating a Caterpillar Telehandler machine attached to the trees they were cutting by a wire while Mr Phillips used a chainsaw to cut the trees down.
In May, the local authority was forced to rip up slabs in the redeveloped Kirriemuir town centre after it emerged it had misquoted the town's famous son, Sir J.M. Barrie. Barrie, who was born in the town, is best remembered as the creator of the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan.
A 37-year-old man has been charged in connection with a break-in at an address at Lillybank, Kirriemuir yesterday afternoon and is expected to appear at Forfar Sheriff Court tomorrow . A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
After safely coming back down to earth Maddy, from Kirriemuir in Angus, raved about her "amazing experience" and added: "I'm happy it's over and I'm delighted." The Webster High pupil made her 20-minute maiden solo flight just months after joining Aboyne-based Deeside Gliding Club.