Police probe unexplained death of woman found in garden


HORRIFIED neighbours told how  riot police forced their way into a home just hours after a woman’s body was found.

The woman, named locally as 48-year-old Avril Ramsay, was found lying unconscious in the garden outside her house in Edinburgh yesterday (thurs).

The grandmother was treated at the scene by medics but was pronounced dead before she could be taken to hospital.

Ms Ramsay was found at 7.30am by a passer by.

One local resident said that he saw two police vans turn up shortly afterwards to the house in Balfron Loan.

Local resident, Ryan McGeachy, 17, said he saw riot officers force their way into a house neighbouring the one where Ms Ramsay was found.

He said:  “I saw an ambulance drive up and leave.

“There were two riot vans and five police cars and a dog van parked around the corner.

“I saw the Police get dressed into their gear and they waited  around for a minute or two before a man who looked in charge said something and then they all started walking down the street.

“They were carrying one of those big red ram raider things that you use to break down doors.

“We saw them go through the neighbour’s back door and hear a load of shouting.”

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said police forced into the neighbour’s garden before going through the back door into the property.

He said: “The next thing we saw was three Policemen and a dog at the front door and then the man was led out in handcuffs.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh responded to an address in Balfron Loan at around 7.30am on Thursday 13th February after a woman was found lying unconscious within a garden.

“She was subsequently pronounced dead by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital.

“Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and anyone who can assist officer with their investigation is asked to come forward immediately.

“The woman’s death is being treated as unexplained at this time.”