Council Boss Suspended

A senior official at Edinburgh City Council has been suspended in the wake of the baby ashes scandal and the death of a school girl.

Mark Turley is the Director of Services for Communities, the department which is in charge of Mortonhall Crematorium.

Last week a report condemned the secret disposal of infant remains there.

Hundreds of parents, whose babies had been stillborn or died soon after birth, had been wrongly told there were no ashes to be scattered - when they were actually being buried in a garden of remembrance.

The report by former Lord Advocate Dame Eilish Angiolini described the scandal as a "great tragedy".

Mr Turley's department is also responsible for maintaining school buildings, including the gym block at Liberton High School.

Last month 12-year-old Keane Wallace-Bennett was killed when a wall fell on her as she was changing for a PE lesson.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Edinburgh City Council said: "The Council's Director of Services for Communities, Mark Turley, has been suspended on full pay pending an internal investigation."

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