Body found on roof of council headquarters


THE body of a man has been found on the roof of a Scottish council headquarters.

Police were called to Edinburgh Council’s main office early today (Tue) after horrified employees spotted the body from their office windows.

The building is on several levels and many of the roof areas are grassed.

Pictures show what appears to be a white police tent covering part of the rear roof garden which is one storey above street level.

Lothian and Borders Police, who were called to Waverley Court, East Market Street, at around 8am, said it was  too early to confirm the cause of death or the man’s identity.

All council workers received an email just after 9am, telling them that the body had been discovered on the roof of the headquarters building.

One council worker, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s a really upsetting thing to hear when you come in to work.

“Nobody I have spoken to knows who it was, but people are wondering if it could be a council worker as he was wearing a suit.”

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: “Police were called to Waverley Court around 8am today, after the body of a man was discovered in a garden area at the rear of the building.”

“Inquiries are at a very early stage, and officers are working to establish the circumstances of the man’s death. It is still at a very early stage.”

The council headquarters are next to Waverley Station in Edinburgh city centre.

Almost 1800 staff work at Waverley Court, which was officially opened by the Princes Royal in 2007.

A council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of an incident that took place at Waverley Court this morning and will assist the police with their enquiries.”