Scotsman Hotel deaths: Police search city flat

Police activity in an alley behind the Worlds End Pub in the city centre. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
Police activity in an alley behind the Worlds End Pub in the city centre. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
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POLICE swooped on a flat next to the World’s End pub after linking it to the suspected double suicide of a couple at a luxury hotel.

Officers removed two evidence bags of material from the second floor flat around an hour after the bodies of the man and woman were found in a room at the Scotsman Hotel on nearby North Bridge.

Police in protective gear carried out their search following the apparent cyanide suicide pact deaths. Neighbours said that a woman in her 40s lived at the address, while a man was also thought to stay there.

Police Scotland confirmed that the search of the flat next to the pub was linked to the shock hotel deaths. The dead couple found on the sixth floor of the five-star hotel Thursday afternoon are believed to be of Russian or Eastern European origin.

One neighbour at World’s End Close said: “The woman who lived there was in her 40s. She had a foreign name but I can’t remember if it sounded Eastern European. A man had been staying there too. I last saw her on Wednesday. The police arrived there about 2pm on Thursday and they’ve been on guard there since.”

Fraser Millward, 32, a Fringe performer from London staying at the close during the Festival, said: “There was eight or nine officers at the flat at one point on Friday morning.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police are carrying out inquiries at an address in the Royal Mile area as part of their ongoing investigation into the death of a man and woman at the Scotsman Hotel.”