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Woman dies after fall from Scott Monument

Woman falls from Scott Monument Image copyright Twitter/@James29213843
Image caption Emergency services were called to the Scott Monument on Friday afternoon

A woman has died in Edinburgh after falling from the Scott Monument.

Emergency services were called to Princes Street at about 15:45 on Friday after reports of someone falling from the city landmark.

Police have now confirmed a woman died at the scene.

It happened close to the popular Christmas markets which have been running in Princes Street Gardens since the end of last year.

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Image caption The Scott monument is the largest monument to a writer in the world.

The incident is not thought to be suspicious but inquiries are at an early stage.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Police in Edinburgh were called to Princes Street around 15.45 on Friday 5 January, after a report of a woman having fallen from the Scott Monument.

"The woman was sadly pronounced dead at the scene."

Princes Street was closed to traffic for a short time but all traffic now has access to one lane westbound.

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