TRIBUTES have been paid to a Dalkeith taxi driver who died following an altercation in his cab.
Tam Milligan, who worked for Star Cars, is thought to have suffered from a heart attack after the incident involving a passenger, which happened in Lauder Road, Dalkeith, at around 1.20am yesterday.
Police have arrested and charged a 22-year-old man in connection with Mr Milligan’s death. He was due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.
In a statement issued via Police Scotland, his family said: “Tam was a very much loved partner, father, grandfather and brother who will be sadly missed.
“He devoted his time to his work being a driving instructor and taxi driver. He loved socialising with his friends on a Sunday afternoon at the local pub and enjoyed listening to music.
“The family request to be left alone at this difficult time to come to terms with their loss”.
Shocked taxi drivers said they were “deeply saddened” to hear what had happened to their popular colleague.
One cabbie, who did not want to be named, said: “All we’ve been told is that there was an altercation with a customer and that they think he’s hard a heart attack afterwards.
“It is really sad. You don’t expect someone to go to work one day and not come home from it. It’s put a real dampener on spirits here, everyone is in shock.”
Emergency services were called to the scene and Mr Milligan was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he was pronounced dead.
Friends took to social media to pay tribute to him and send messages of support to his family. Alicia Burns wrote: “Thinking of you all. He was a great man and will be sorely missed x”
Kevin Locke wrote: “So sorry. In total shock. Thinking of you all.”
Another, by Peter Swedrik Moffat, said: “Thinking of you and your family today stay strong brother xxxxxxx”
The road was closed for much of Sunday and police appealed for witnesses to come forward.
A family member, who asked not to be named, said: “We just don’t know what has happened yet. “The police are still trying to establish the circumstances and we won’t know any more until the post-mortem.
“We are all in shock. Tam was a great guy and well known in the town. It’s a terrible tragedy for the family,”
It is the second bereavement for Mr Milligan’s family in a few weeks after his brother-in-law died last month.
The area around Lauder Road was sealed off as police and forensic teams carried out their investigations.
A police source said: “We know he had an argument and a fight broke out. As far as we believe, Thomas told the people to calm down and became the focus of their aggression. He collapsed a few moments later and died.”
A police spokesman said: ”A 22 year old man is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.”
Nobody at Star Cars was available to comment.