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Lawyers for victims of Legionnaires’ outbreak call for inquiry

Lawyers for victims of a Legionnaires’ outbreak which resulted in four deaths have called for an inquiry after the Crown said there will be no prosecutions over the deaths, Scottish Legal News has reported.

An investigation into the 2012 outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease failed to find the source of the bacteria and the Crown Office and Procurators Fiscal Service (COPFS) have said there is not enough evidence to pursue any individuals or organisations.

However, they have not ruled out the possibility of a fatal accident investigations (FAI).

Patrick McGuire, a partner at Thompsons Solicitors, who is representing the families involved said the decision was “very disappointing” and added they were in the process of starting civil legal proceedings.

A number of cooling towers in the south west of Edinburgh formed part of the inquiry but the Crown Office said it was impossible to fix the source of the Legionella bacteria which caused the deaths between June and July 2012.

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