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Murder probe launched after woman dies in 'violent attack'

The body of Margaret Robertson, 54, was discovered at around 1.20pm on Friday in Aberdeen.

Murder Inquiry: Margaret Robertson.
Murder Inquiry: Margaret Robertson. Police Scotland

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead in her flat in Aberdeen.

The body of Margaret Robertson, 54, was discovered at around 1.20pm on Friday at Promenade Court.

Police believe she died as a result of a "violent crime" and said the suspect may have "blood staining on their clothing".

Officers are now trying to piece together the movements of Ms Robertson, who was known as Meg, since she was last seen on Tuesday last week.

A 27-year-old man arrested on Saturday is due to appear in court today on a separate matter.

Detective inspector Gary Winter, of the Major Investigation Team in Aberdeen, said: "I'm limited in what I can say to you but what my appeal to you is three-fold.

"Firstly, Margaret was last seen at 6.52pm on Tuesday, September 24 as a confirmed sighting on the ground floor of Promenade Court and I'm appealing for anyone who has any sightings of Margaret between that period and when she was found at 1.20pm on Friday.

"Secondly, it's our belief that the person or persons responsible for Margaret's murder may be contaminated with blood, have blood on their clothing or on their person.

"I appeal for anyone who has information about anyone who has blood on their clothing or on their person between the time period 6.52pm on Tuesday and 1.20pm on Friday to get in touch with the police.

"Lastly, a general appeal in terms of anyone who has information that they think may be relevant to the investigation into Margaret's murder to come forward and let us know."

Chief inspector Davie Howieson added: "I understand that a violent crime of this nature causes significant concerns in the community and I would like to provide some reassurance that an extensive police inquiry is ongoing, being carried out by local, national and specialist resources. 

"To that end, there will be an increased police presence in and around Promenade Court for the foreseeable future, including a police pod which will be manned 24 hours a day. 

"I would urge any local residents who have concerns to approach the local officers or to attend at the police pod where they will be able to have a conversation. 

"Anyone who has information in relation to the police inquiry, I would like to reiterate the appeal made by DI Winter to please come forward, please speak with local officers, please come to the police pod and discuss your concerns with us. 

"Or if you would rather, you can make contact with the police on the telephone using the 101 number."

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