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Report completed for 2012 Legionnaire’s outbreak

A decision on prosecutions over the 2012 Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in the Capital will be made within the next six weeks, the Evening Edinburgh News has revealed.

The Crown Office has prepared a report after considering findings made by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) review.

Four people died and 45 more needed hospital treatment after contracting the disease in June 2012. Cooling towers in the south-west of the Capital have previously been identified as a possible source.

The Crown Office letter, signed by the head of the health and safety division Gary Aitken, confirmed that the report had been completed.

He wrote: “A report has been prepared for Crown Counsel’s consideration. Crown Counsel are the most senior lawyers in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and they will decide whether or not there will be criminal proceedings in relation to the outbreak.

“I anticipate that Crown Counsel’s instructions may be received within the next six weeks.

“At that point I will invite the families of the four people who tragically died as a result of that outbreak to meet with me in order that I can outline the findings of the investigation to them and the reasoning behind whatever decision has been reached at that stage by Crown Counsel.”

During the outbreak – which erupted in Gorgie – many people fell ill and had to be treated in hospital.

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