Residents in the town where a body thought to be that of missing toddler Mikaeel Kular has been found have spoken of their shock and sadness.
Police said in the early hours of this morning that they had found the body of a child they “strongly believe” to be Mikaeel in Kirkcaldy, Fife, just before midnight.
A police cordon has been set up around a bungalow in Dunvegan Avenue in the town, with about a dozen officers posted in the leafy street today.
An area of woodland to the back and near the side of the property appears to be the focus of attention, and a second cordon has been strung around the woods, with access to a private road around the back blocked by police.
The bungalow is thought to belong to Mikaeel’s aunt.
Police say a person has been detained in connection with their investigation, and that person is believed to be Mikaeel’s mother, Rosdeep Kular, although police have not confirmed this.
Residents in Dunvegan Avenue said they were shocked to see the police presence when they woke this morning.
Olga Park, a retired nurse who lives opposite, said she saw Mikaeel’s mother arrive at the bungalow on either Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Rosdeep had lived there with her sister when she had her twins, Mrs Park said.
“I’m just absolutely shocked about what’s happened,” she said.
“The fact he’s just a three-year-old boy is just terrible. The poor wee thing.”
Michael Woods, 53, who lives nearby at Floors Place, said the area behind the heavily wooded area to the rear of the bungalow is popular with dog walkers and families.
He had been following the developing police investigation but was surprised to find officers at the end of his street.
“First it was in Edinburgh, then they said Fife, then Kirkcaldy and now it’s here almost on my doorstep. It’s unsettling,” he said.
Mr Woods said: “When I heard it was here I just about jumped off my chair.”
Colin Keir, a Member of the Scottish Parliament, said the community was united in grief.
He said: “A three year-old child should not go missing, they should be safe in their home.
“There was a number of us yesterday, along with several hundred of us who walked along the promenade checking and you could feel the concern. You had mothers and their babies in prams as part of this line as well as people up on the hill, the fire service, the police.
“It has been a huge bringing together of the community. In my time as a politician I have never experienced such a thing. This is completely unprecedented and unfortunately it has ended in such a tragedy.”