No charges over Edinburgh Legionnaires outbreak

The Legionnaires outbreak last summer claimed four lives. Picture: Ian Rutherford

The Legionnaires outbreak last summer claimed four lives. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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THERE is no evidence to support prosecutions over the outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in Edinburgh last year which killed four people, according to the Crown Office.

The Crown Office told the BBC that while an investigation continues, there has been no material presented which could lead to charges.

A spokesman said: “The circumstances of the Legionnaires’ outbreak in Edinburgh are the subject of a highly complex ongoing investigation by the enforcing authorities for Health and Safety legislation, in liaison with COPFS (Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service).

“COPFS has not received a report from the enforcing authorities against any party which could form the basis of criminal charges.”

The outbreak’s fourth victim was confirmed earlier this week. The Crown Office said it will keep victims’ families informed of developments.

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