Man dies after being found unconscious in New Town street

Police probing the unexplained death of a man in Edinburgh’s New Town today are carrying out door to door enquiries in a bid to find out how he died.

The man, in his thirties, was found unconscious early this morning in a lane off Cumberland Street in the New Town.

He was taken by ambulance to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, but later died.

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The street has been closed to traffic to allow forensic examinations and other enquiries to take place at the scene.

Detective Inspector Neil Spowart said: “We are currently at an early stage of our enquiries, and at this time the man’s death is being treated as unexplained.

“We are working to establish the circumstances leading to the discovery of the man, and we are keen to hear from any local residents who may have information that can assist our enquiries.

“Anyone who was in the area of Cumberland Street around 5am today, who saw or heard anything suspicious or unusual, should contact police immediately on 101.”