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Man's death in Haddington cottage now deemed suspicious

Brian Bathgate
Image caption Brian Bathgate was found dead at his Haddington home

The death of a man whose body was found at a cottage on the outskirts of an East Lothian town last month is now being treated as suspicious by police.

Brian Bathgate, 45, from Haddington, was discovered at his home at Barney Mains Farm on 15 March.

His death was initially treated as unexplained. However, subsequent inquiries have suggested the circumstances are suspicious.

Mr Bathgate had last returned home in the early hours of 13 March.

It is believed he died a short time later.

Det Ch Insp Keith Hardie, from Police Scotland, said: "Inquiries that have taken place over the past month, including forensic analysis, have led us to believe that Brian's death is suspicious.

"We are carrying out local enquiries in the Haddington area as part of efforts to gather more information that can help us determine the full circumstances of his death, and we are appealing to people who knew Brian or who can provide any information in relation to his death to come forward."

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