Police name victims of avalanche

News Shopper: Christopher William Bell, 24, from Blackpool, was a student studying for a PHD in Ocean Mapping in Oban Christopher William Bell, 24, from Blackpool, was a student studying for a PHD in Ocean Mapping in Oban

Two Phd students and a junior doctor were among four people killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.

Una Rachel Finnegan, 25, from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Christopher William Bell, 24, from Blackpool, Lancashire, and Tom Chesters, 28, who was living in Leeds, were killed while walking near Glencoe on Saturday, Northern Constabulary said.

Ms Finnegan was a junior doctor who had been living in Edinburgh, Mr Bell was studying for a Phd in ocean mapping in Oban and Mr Chesters was a Phd student at Hull University.

A second woman was also killed in the accident, although her next of kin have asked for her name to be withheld until her extended family have been informed.

A 24-year-old woman from the Durham area remains in critical condition in hospital. Another man survived the incident, but has asked for his name to be withheld.

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