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Police attend RAF weapons range amid reports of soldier's death

Published 01/11/2016

Police called to RAF Tain, near Inverness
Police called to RAF Tain, near Inverness

Police have sealed off an RAF air weapons range amid reports that a soldier has died and another has been injured.

Officers were called to RAF Tain on the Dornoch Firth, in Easter Ross, at 5.55pm on Tuesday to investigate reports of an incident.

A police cordon has been set up around the base as authorities deal with the incident.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that one person has been shot dead and another injured in a live firing training exercise.

The range is used by the RAF and the army and has a rifle range and small arms range as well as bombing ranges.

An Army spokesperson said: "We are aware of an incident at the Tain base, near Inverness.

"We will release more information as and when it becomes available. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this point."

Police said officers were at the scene.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police are currently in attendance at RAF Tain following reports of an incident.

"A call was received by police at 5.55pm and officers are at the scene."

The Tain range is used by tri-service, US Air Force and other Nato air forces for bombing and strafing practice.

It has 18 separate targets suitable for a variety of weapons and different delivery methods.

Typhoons and Tornados from RAF Lossiemouth are the main air users of the range.

Tain is also responsible for Cape Wrath Range near the village of Durness.

Both ranges employ a number of civilian contracted workers who manage the estate, assist in the control tower, target score and deal with ordnance clearance from the range.

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