Police probe into Drumbrae garden death continues

A man is taken away from the scene. Pic: Greg MacVean
A man is taken away from the scene. Pic: Greg MacVean
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NEIGHBOURS have told of their shock after the mystery death of a mum-of-two who was found slumped in a garden.

The woman – named locally as Avril Ramsay – was found lying in a garden in Balfron Loan, Drumbrae, at around 7.30am yesterday.

The 48-year-old’s death is still being treated as “unexplained”. She was spotted by a passer-by in the garden of a semi-detached house following a bitterly cold night.

Police in riot gear later forced entry to a house on the street. A man aged around 50 was led away in handcuffs and put into an unmarked police car.

A police spokeswoman said he is “assisting officers with their inquiries”.

Mrs Ramsay was treated at the scene by paramedics but was pronounced dead before she could be rushed to hospital.

Neighbours last night spoke of their shock at the sudden tragic turn of events.

One, who asked not to be named, said: “Avril has lived there a long time. I only said ‘hello’ to her but she seemed nice.”

Ryan McGeachy, 17, saw officers force their way into a house on the street.

He said: “I saw an ambulance drive up and leave. There were two riot vans and five police cars and a dog van parked around the corner. I saw the police get dressed into their gear and they waited around for a minute or two before a man who looked in charge said something and then they all started walking down the street.

“They were carrying one of those big red ram-raider things that you use to break down doors. We saw them go through the neighbour’s back door and heard a load of shouting.”

Another resident said police forced their way into the neighbour’s garden before going through the back door into the property. He said: “The next thing we saw, there were three policemen and a dog at the front door and then a man was led out in handcuffs.”

The former florist and mum-of-two was well known in the area. She grew up in Hoseason Gardens, a short distance from where she was found yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie, who is overseeing the investigation for Police Scotland, said officers are awaiting the outcome of tests.

He said: “We are treating this death as unexplained, pending the results of a postmortem examination.

“We will not be releasing the identity of the woman until formal identification has taken place, following the completion of the post-mortem, and I would like to thank the local community for their patience, understanding and assistance to our officers.”

He appealed for anyone who saw anything unusual to contact them.

amcewen@edinburghnews.com