Portobello Promenade death man named

the body was found near Portobello beach. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

the body was found near Portobello beach. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

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POLICE have named the man whose body was found on the beach at Portobello Promenade. Mark John Harold Fraser, 53, was found lying on stone steps leading down to the beach by a pair of walkers yesterday morning.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Fraser’s death and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

One theory police are examining is that he may have fallen off the promenade wall

The body was found on steps near to the public toilets at the east side of the promenade at around 6am yesterday.

Witnesses said a police forensic team carried out an examination of the area.

An elderly resident, who lives just a few feet away from where the body was discovered, said: “The body was lying on the third step from the bottom next to the beach. I saw three paramedics and they seemed to be pumping the man’s chest, as if they were trying to restart his heart, but that obviously didn’t work.

“You could see very little because the police erected a white screen around him. The police taped off the area from the toilets right down the promenade and they were stopping dog walkers and other people from walking on the beach.

The man added: “The sea does come up quite high so the body could have been washed up on to the steps.

“Or perhaps this man had a fall or was sleeping outside last night and died from the cold. It was a bitterly cold night. Whatever happened it’s very sad.”

Another resident, who also asked not to be named, said: “I was woken up by the blue lights from the ambulance which was first to arrive. The ambulance was first then police arrived a short time later. There were seven or eight officers and they cordoned off the area with tape.

“The body was moved onto a stretcher at about 10am and taken away by a private ambulance.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police can confirm that the body of a man was found in the area of Portobello Promenade. Inquiries are at a very early stage”.