Woman, 78, dead and man arrested after weapon incident

A 78-year-old woman has died and a man has been arrested after an incident involving a weapon in a residential street.

Police were called to a “disturbance” at a house at Fernieside Crescent in the south east of Edinburgh at about 8.25am on Tuesday.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police were seen standing guard at a property (Jane Barlow/PA)

Local residents have reported hearing “gunshots” in the street.

It is understood the incident involved a weapon but no one was shot with a gun.

Police Scotland said a 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death.

In a statement, the force said their inquiries are continuing.

They added: “This was an isolated incident and officers remain in the area to provide public reassurance and anyone with concerns should speak to officers.”

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The scene in Fernieside Crescent, Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

Forensic officers were at the scene on Tuesday afternoon and the area remained cordoned off.

Police Scotland said a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.