Highlands & Islands

Probe follows 80-year-old man's death in Inverness-shire

An investigation is to be carried out into how police handled the death of an 80-year-old man in the Highlands.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has been asked by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Office to conduct the probe.

PIRC is an independent body that scrutinises the way police respond to complaints from the public.

The man, whose name has not been released, was found dead at his home in Inverness-shire on 15 February.

A police spokeswoman said: "Following the death of an 80-year-old man in the Inverness-shire area, Police Scotland can confirm that the matter has been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner for an independent investigation of the police handling of the incident.

"A further statement will be considered on the conclusion of the review."

A spokesman for the Crown Office said: "COPFS can confirm that we have instructed the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) to investigate the circumstances of an incident on 15 February 2015 in Inverness-shire on our behalf.

"As this is a live investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further."

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