Comment: Probe will be as thorough as possible

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It has now been 18 months since the Evening News first exposed the baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall Crematorium.

Since then there have been inquiries, the suspension of a council chief, and untold heartache for hundreds of grieving families.

Today marks another chapter in the story which is far from over.

The Infant Cremation Commission, chaired by Lord Bonomy, has recommended new laws and guidelines to ensure nothing like this can happen again.

The Scottish Government, meanwhile, has established a Scotland-wide investigation team to look into all allegations and establish what happened to every baby.

The independent team will be led by former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini, who of course was responsible for the report released at the end of April into the Edinburgh scandal.

On the evidence of that forensically detailed report, we can be sure that the Scotland-wide probe will be as thorough as possible and offer families the best chance of obtaining the truth and hopefully some form of closure.

Before then, the city council will be meeting to discuss the implications of Dame Elish’s Mortonhall report with officials facing tough questions next week into what happened, why and on whose ­authority.

There is much more to come.

We will not just have the fresh nationwide investigation and the fallout from the Edinburgh report but there is the prospect of legal action on the horizon. That may well mean this is an issue which remains in the public eye for years to come.

All of this is welcome, even if it does fall short of the public inquiry which many have been calling for.

But it also means all the parents involved will be forced to repeatedly relive their grief.

Today, our thoughts are once again with them. The end may not be in sight but we are now closer to ensuring no-one else will have to suffer the same pain.