Man charged over Brian McKandie's death in Rothienorman
A man has been charged in connection with the death of a man in Aberdeenshire almost a year ago.
Brian McKandie, 67, was found dead at his cottage at Badenscoth, near Rothienorman, on Saturday 12 March last year.
Police said a 23-year-old man had been charged. He is due to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Monday.
Det Ch Insp Iain Smith said: "Our inquiries are ongoing and police activity will continue in the area."
He added: "This has been a lengthy and complex investigation.
"There has been considerable work carried out in the area over the last 11 months and I know this has impacted greatly on the local community.
"I would like to sincerely thank all those who have contacted police or been spoken to by officers while extensive inquiries have been carried out."
There has been an increased level of police activity in recent days.
Police were in attendance at another property on Friday as part of their investigation.
A police pod is situated in Rothienorman where anyone with information can speak to officers.
The investigation has featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.