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Police are yet to conclude their investigations into the death of a Stranraer man on Monday.

Paul Hester, 49, tragically died 
a day after receiving a head 
injury and police have been 
investigating various lines of inquiry.

They are calling for witnesses to Mr Hester’s last movements before his injury to come forward.

Mr Hester is thought to have hit his head as he fell on a lane off Lewis Street. He was treated at Galloway Community Hospital, but later died.

The town has been left devastated by the death of this amateur football stalwart, whose injury came several hours after a day celebrating the game he loved within the corporate hospitality area of Stranraer FC. He is known for his hard work in the amateur football league, very much so with the East End side, and encouraged people from youngsters to retirement age to join the game.

Iain Dougan, vice-chair of Stranraer FC, went to school with Paul and said his loss is being felt by most of the community.

He said: “Grown men aren’t great at showing emotion, but some guys here just can’t help it at the moment.

“Paul was truly a great character, he always had a comment for someone and would give you banter, but always expected it in return.He did great things for football locally and most of this community knew him well. Stranraer Football Club have always been able to call on him for help and his enthusiasm was limitless – whether it was a five-a-side kick about or a charity match.

“He was definitely no Mourinho and some of his actions had you shaking your head in wonder – he could infuriate you but I honestly don’t think he ever made an enemy.

“He was willing to take on the roles no-one else wanted like secretary and treasurer, but he did this with gusto and kept football going. Stranraer will certainly be a worse place without him.”

John Hilferty said on a Face­book tribute page set up in memory of Paul: “Barcelona without Messi will be like East End and football in the town without Paul.”