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Nickolas Bowes
Nickolas Bowes

Police inquiries are continuing into the death of 18 year old Nickolas Bowes who was formally identified today.

On the evening of Saturday the 3 of December a birthday party was being held in an address at 133 Firhill, Alness. Shortly after 9pm police and ambulance attended at the address following a report of an injured male within the house. On arrival they found Mr Bowes had collapsed. He was conveyed to Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.

Whilst at the scene and en route to hospital both paramedics and police carried out CPR. He was then handed over to a resuscitation team on arrival at the hospital. Tragically despite these efforts Mr Bowes did not recover.

Police have launched an extensive inquiry to establish the circumstances surrounding Mr Bowes' death. Detective Inspector Vince McLaughlin who is leading the investigation, commented:

"We are focusing on three particular areas; the interview of those who were within the address at the time of the incident, the forensic examination of the house and the post mortem examination to establish the cause of death.

This death is still being treated as unexplained and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further on the circumstances until these inquiries are complete. Today (Monday) our colleagues from the Scottish Police Services Authority are involved in the examination of the house and the post mortem examination is due to be carried out tomorrow (Tuesday) ."

Chief Inspector Gus MacPherson, Area Commander for Ross and Cromarty, added:

"This is a tragic death the full circumstances of which are still being investigated. Family liaison officers are supporting Mr Bowes next of kin. I would like to reassure the community in Alness that despite the intense police activity we are not looking to trace any individual in connection with this incident.

A number of witnesses have been spoken to and I would like to thank the community for the support and assistance they are giving enquiry officers as the investigation goes forward."

Mr Bowes' sister Emma, and his step father Trevor MacPhee, have issued the following statement: ‘We are all devastated and numb at the loss of our happy and lovable Nick who cared deeply for his family. We would like to thank all our neighbours and friends who are supporting us through this sad time.’

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