Weekend of police activity in Auchterarder following man’s death

© DC ThomsonPolice at Ruthven Street.
Police at Ruthven Street.

Police mounted a 48-hour vigil outside an Auchterarder house this weekend, while a man’s body was found at a separate address in the town.

Police and forensic officers had a round-the-clock presence at the property on Ruthven Street, with eyewitnesses reporting multiple bags of evidence being taken away.

Locals said police had arrived at the scene on Friday afternoon and they were still on site on Sunday afternoon and officers remained tight-lipped about the nature of the incident.

Elsewhere police were called to a house in the town’s Ruthvenvale Terrace at 5.30pm on Friday following the death of a 56-year-old man.

Officers described the death as “sudden” but refused to say if the two incidents were linked.

The force also refused to say whether or not the death was being treated as suspicious.

A spokesman said: “We are currently investigating the sudden death of a 56-year-old male.”

Residents in Ruthven Street said officers arrived at the scene on Friday afternoon and had not left since.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said: “I was being picked up by a friend and as I was standing there I noticed there was two police cars.

“A person came out of the house wearing white overalls and a mask – I think she was forensics.

“Every time I’ve driven down there since there’s been at least one police car.

“Apparently something also happened around the corner and you wonder if they are linked? I was feeling a bit nervy as they’ve been there two days – It was just seeing the forensics made me shiver.”

Other residents said that no one had told them what was going on.

One woman said: “I came home from work on Friday and they were here. I don’t know what happened – I haven’t spoken to anyone.”

Another resident added: “The police came Friday afternoon – there was also two ambulances and a support vehicle. They’re still there but I don’t know what’s happened.