FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to visit Aberdeen today to offer her support after the death of a teenager following an alleged stabbing.
Ms Sturgeon, who had an existing engagement in the city before the tragic teen’s death, is to visit the Town House for a private meeting to be updated on events and offer any support to those affected by the death of Bailey Gwynne.
She is to meet Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing, chief executive Angela Scott and Chief Superintendent Adrian Watson, who is leading the police investigation.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Ms Sturgeon said: “My thoughts remain with Bailey’s loved ones and, indeed, all of those who knew him following this heart-breaking incident.
“Everyone in Scotland was deeply shocked and saddened by the events last week.
“It is important for me to let the council and the police know, in person, that the Scottish Government stands ready to provide any help that may be needed.”
Ms Sturgeon praised the strength of the community in the wake of Bailey’s death, which saw the local church packed out for his memorial service, and said she hoped those affected would be able to begin to heal soon.
She said: “The response to this tragedy – from everyone in Aberdeen – has been truly remarkable.”