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Probe into teenagers' deaths at Bonhill accommodation unit

An investigation is under way following the deaths of two teenagers who had been living in accommodation aimed at supporting young homeless people.

The two 17-year-old women apparently took their own lives within weeks of each other at the unit in Bonhill.

The facility is run by Blue Triangle Housing Association in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council.

The council has launched an investigation into the deaths which it described as "deeply upsetting".

Local MSP Jackie Baillie said the circumstances surrounding the women's deaths were not yet fully clear, but an investigation was needed.

Family answers

She told BBC Radio Scotland: "I think we need to find out, was it appropriate that they were placed in that supported accommodation?

"I understand it was accommodation that had previously been used for ex-offenders.

"Should we be placing vulnerable young women in that situation? It may be something else entirely.

"Until we have that investigation, I don't know yet whether we should go for a full inquiry, but certainly the families need answers."

A spokesman for West Dunbartonshire Council said: "The news of these deaths is deeply upsetting and the council would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the families of these two young people.

"We have offered counselling and support to the relatives, and also to other young people living in this supported accommodation block.

"The Community and Health Care Partnership has launched a formal review into these deaths involving multi-agency partners and it will be the decision of the procurator fiscal whether a fatal accident inquiry is held.

"The council is fully committed to supporting our vulnerable young people and adults and has trained in excess of 3,200 in suicide prevention.

"We also endeavour to identify and engage with any vulnerable individual who is at risk of suicide."

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