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Fife Road Crash Referred To Watchdog By Police
Police have referred a crash which led to two people being treated in hospital to watchdogs.
Police Scotland referred the two-car collision in Oakley, near Dunfermline, Fife, on Sunday to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc).
A 27-year-old man has been charged with £various road traffic offences'' in connection with the crash.
The incident happened at about 4pm in Sir George Bruce Road when a silver Honda vehicle was involved in a collision with a blue Renault Scenic car.
The two people in the Renault, described by police as elderly, were taken to hospital for treatment and have since been discharged.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in Fife have charged a 27-year-old man with various road traffic offences following a two-vehicle collision in Oakley near Dunfermline on Sunday afternoon.
"He is scheduled to appear before Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Thursday June 9.''
A Pirc spokeswoman said: "Police Scotland has referred the circumstances surrounding a road traffic incident in Oakley, Fife, on Sunday May 15 to the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner.
"We are currently in the process of assessing whether there is a requirement to investigate the matter.''
The move comes just days after Pirc announced it was reviewing the circumstances surrounding a separate crash which led to the death of nurse Jill Pirrie in Edinburgh last week.
The 33-year-old was making her way home from work at Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary when she was hit by a Ford Ka being chased by police on Thursday.
The mother-of-one was treated at the scene but later died at the hospital where she worked.
Four people were traced on Friday in connection with the incident on Old Dalkeith Road. Police have not released details of their ages but reports have suggested they are all teenagers.
A online charity donating page which colleagues set up in her memory has raised almost #7,000.
They said: "She had the best sense of humour, she was caring and loving, she was a fantastic nurse, a supportive friend and will be hugely missed by the many who new and loved her.''
The second meeting of a Ministerial Working Group to examine building and fire safety regulatory frameworks was held on Wednesday.
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Frank's Law aims to end the situation where people under 65 who have conditions such as dementia, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and cancer have to pay for the care they need.
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