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HIGHLAND HANGING HORROR.

Byline: SARAH BRUCE

A TEENAGE boy found hanging in a wood is the latest victim of a spate of Highland suicides.

The body of Michael Cairney, 16, was found early on Saturday in Dingwall, Ross-shire.

The man who made the grim discovery, who did not wish to be named, said: "It's shocking and very worrying, because the Highlands seem to have a problem."

Michael, from Glasgow, was fostered as a child. The house where he lived was deserted yesterday. A neighbour said he was "a quiet boy". Another resident said: "I think he was a bit of a poor soul, really."

Last week, Martin Morrison, 19, hanged himself in the village of Cromarty, on the Black Isle near Dingwall. He was friends with Richie Burnside, 36, who was found hanging at his home in Inverness last year.

Richie's former team-mates Mark Thow and Ivor Robertson took their own lives just weeks earlier. Last month, 11-year-old Shannen Stewart was found dead in Balintore, Ross and Cromarty, in what is thought to be the youngest female suicide in the country.

Highland MSP Mary Scanlon has called for inquiries into all suicides in Scotland.

She said: "A unique set of circumstances surrounds every death like this, but we need to start collating better information about the loss of young lives."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Apr 18, 2005
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