A MAN who hanged himself in the grounds of a Scottish school playground has been named locally as William Laidlaw.
Heartbroken friends paid tribute to tragic Mr Laidlaw, whose body was discovered yesterday morning at St John Vianney RC Primary, Edinburgh, just as classes were about to get underway.
One friend said his family were “devastated” following the incident.
In a moving online tribute to William, friend Cassandra Munro, from Gracemount, said: “R.I.P William Laidlaw. You are sadly missed you had so many people who loved you.
“Why, why would you do this? Your family are devastated. You should have come to us and we would have helped. Sleep well Wullie, all our love, Aaron, Cassie and kids.”
It is understood William’s body was found by a parent who thought she saw a doll hanging from a tree.
Police attended the school yesterday morning.
Staff immediately called parents to ask them to collect their children and the school was shut for the rest of the day.
Edinburgh council is offering support to staff and more than 250 pupils, although it is not thought any children saw the body, which was found in a wooded area of the school grounds.