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Woman's body lay in sheltered housing flat for weeks

Gillespie Crescent
Image caption The body of Margaret McLean, 66, was discovered in her flat in Gillespie Crescent

An inquiry is under way at a sheltered housing complex in Edinburgh after it emerged a pensioner lay dead in her home for more than two weeks.

The body of Margaret McLean, 66, was only discovered in her Bruntsfield flat after neighbours reported a bad smell.

An investigation will examine whether sensors that detect movement in the flats, run by Viewpoint Housing Association, were working properly.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokeswoman said: "Officers were called to an address in Gillespie Crescent on Tuesday 15 March following the discovery of a 66-year-old woman's body.

"There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal."

Dorry McLaughlin, Viewpoint Housing Association's chief executive, said: "Viewpoint's priority at this time is to support the family and to reassure our tenants.

"We are looking into the situation and gathering the facts, not speculation.

"Once this investigation is completed, if there are any improvements to be made, we will of course make them in full consultation with the tenants."

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