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News man loses fight for life

The Daily Record chief sub who was critically injured in a mountaineering accident has died in hospital after a week-long fight for life.

Tributes have been paid to climber Tim Harper, (38), who suffered head injuries in the 700ft fall on Ben Nevis.

Daily Record Editor Peter Cox said last night: “Tim was an exceptional production journalist, one of the finest in Scotland.

“His ability, humour and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by all who worked with him.

“It now seems dreadfully ironic that he turned down promotion at the Record three times because of his love of mountain climbing.”

Daily Record and Sunday Mail Managing Director Mark Hollinshead said: “We have lost a colleague and a friend. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.”

His wife Alison said after the accident that the news of the fall was “the news she had always dreaded”.

Tim had been climbing with Paul Roberts during Easter when the accident happened as the pair were descending in good conditions when he slipped on soft snow.

His newspaper career started in 1980 after completing a pre-entry course at Napier College, Edinburgh.

His first job in the industry was at the Falkirk Herald, his local paper. After four years, he moved to the Linlithgow Gazette where he became chief reporter.

He then moved to the Scottish Sun before leaving for the Daily Record six years ago as deputy chief sub-editor.

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