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Man found dead after crash search

A 66-year-old man has been found dead after a search for the driver of a burned-out car on Shetland.

Grampian Police said James Leask, known locally as Jimmy Coal, was driving the hired Renault Clio when it crashed in icy conditions and caught fire.

The car was discovered by police on a country road between Vatster and Laxfirth at about 0600 GMT on Saturday.

Mr Leask's body was later found partially-covered by snow 0.3km from the car by a coastguard helicopter.

When the vehicle was initially found, police had conducted door-to-door inquires and searched the area's bus station and ferry terminal in an effort to find the car's driver.

Eventually the car was traced to a hire company and Mr Leask, who is from Lerwick, was identified.

Further searches of the crash area were carried out before the pensioner's body was discovered at about 1600 GMT on Saturday on rough moorland.

Police said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report is due to be sent to the local procurator fiscal.



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