Lochend death: Neighbours tell of hearing screams

Police at the flat. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Police at the flat. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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NEIGHBOURS heard screaming in the hours before a woman was found dead.

Police are treating the death of a 53-year-old woman in Sleigh Drive, Lochend, on Sunday afternoon as 

The victim – named locally as Denise Kerr – lived at the address with her long-term partner of ten years.

One local resident, who refused to be named, described the incident as “shocking”.

She said: “I was woken in the early hours of Sunday morning by the sounds of shouting and screeching but I went back to sleep again. I thought that it was people having an argument on the way back from the pub, it’s a pretty busy road. It wasn’t until I read it in the Evening News that I realised my neighbour had died.

“The police haven’t told us anything. It’s so shocking to think it happened just next door.”

She described her neighbours as “a nice couple” and added: “Both women would often chat and say hello. They were good people, very nice.

“One of them had a ­grandson who would often stay over. During the hot spell they set up a paddling pool in the front garden.”

Last night the scene remained taped off and police stood guard outside the door of the two-bed ground floor flat while forensic officers scoured the area.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Cunningham, from Police Scotland, said: “We were called to an address in Sleigh Drive following the death of a woman.

“We are carrying out a full forensic examination of the house, and at this stage we are treating the death as unexplained.

“More details will be released as soon as they are available.

“In the meantime I would like to reassure local people that while they may notice police officers in the area, there is no risk to the general public.”