Man charged with woman's death and attack on two others

A man has been charged over the death of a 78-year-old woman and the attempted murder of two others in Edinburgh.

Police named Margaret Parker as the woman who died at a house in the city's Fernieside Crescent about 08:25 on Tuesday.

A 36-year-old man was arrested is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday.

He was also charged with the attempted murder of a 55-year-old woman and a 42-year-old woman during this incident. They did not need medical treatment.

Police Scotland said it an isolated incident.

Detective Inspector Dougal Begg said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Margaret Parker and everyone affected by this tragic incident.

"A continued police presence can be seen in the area as officers continue their inquiries.”

A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Police at crime scene in Edinburgh
Police were called to a house in Fernieside Crescent [PA Media]