Police say a 44-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the suspicious death of a man in Peterhead.
Officers were called to an address in the town’s King Street area at around 8am yesterday where the body of a man was found. A murder investigation has now been launched.
The man – who has not been formally identified – is thought to be a Lithuanian national.
Detective Inspector Brian Geddes said: “Inquiries are ongoing to establish the full facts of what has happened but we would appeal to anyone and particularly those within the Lithuanian community in Peterhead who may have information relating to the death to make contact with us on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.”
Police were called to the property on King Street yesterday morning, and confirmed shortly afterwards they were treating his death as suspicious.
The block of flats was sealed off throughout the day, while detectives and forensic teams examined the scene for clues as to what happened to the man.
Throughout the day, forensics officers wearing white suits could be seen going in and out of the flat, and at one point they appeared to consult with each other on images taken on a video camera inside. Still images of the street were also taken.
Police also cordoned off a stretch of the road, which cuts through the heart of the town, to all pedestrians and traffic and an officer stood guard.
Two silver vehicles, an Alfa Romeo and Volkswagen, remained parked within the cordon throughout.
An officer was also posted outside a flat opposite a bar on Broad Street in connection with the case.
Last night, a spokeswoman for the force could only confirm that the death was “suspicious” and that the investigation was at an early stage.
She added the man had not yet been formally identified by a family member.
“Police were called to the King Street area at 8am after a male was found deceased,” she said.
“Inquiries are at an early stage but the death is being treated as suspicious. Efforts are being made to trace and inform next of kin.”
Local people had speculated on social media as to the police’s presence on King Street earlier in the day before news broke of the tragic discovery.
One woman said that she hoped it was nothing serious but that it “doesn’t look good”.
“So sad,” another said.