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Mikaeel Kular: Balloons released at tribute vigils

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Media captionThe BBC's Rob Flett reports from the Edinburgh vigil

Candle-lit vigils have been held for three-year-old Mikaeel Kular, who was found dead a week ago.

Hundreds of people gathered on both sides of the Firth of Forth, in Edinburgh and in Fife, to remember him.

A limited release of balloons was approved at Cramond. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had raised concerns about the location being on the Edinburgh Airport flight path.

Local people also lit candles and floating lanterns.

The Send Off for Mikaeel memorial was organised to remember the three-year-old, whose body was found in Kirkcaldy a week ago.

His disappearance from his home in north Edinburgh had prompted a massive search operation.

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Image caption Mikaeel's body was found in Kirkcaldy following a massive search operation

A CAA spokesman earlier said: "We were contacted by the organisers of the balloon release to mark the tragic death of Mikaeel and have been working with them to ensure the event can take place safely.

"Because the location is very close to Edinburgh Airport and following discussions with the airport we advised the organisers that there would be a potential risk to safety if they were to release balloons from the south side of the river but that it would be safe to release balloons and lanterns from the north side of the river."

However, the CAA has since agreed to a release of the smaller number of balloons.

Mikaeel's 33-year-old mother Rosdeep appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday charged with his murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

She made no plea or declaration, was remanded in custody, and committed for further examination.

She is expected to make a second appearance at the court next week.

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