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Pensioner found dead outside Angus secondary school

Path where pensioner found
Image caption The man was found dead on a path outside Monifieth High School in Angus on Wednesday morning

Police have launched an investigation after a man was found dead outside an Angus secondary school in freezing temperatures.

Robert Johnston, 79, was found outside Monifieth High School, at about 05:20 on Wednesday morning.

A passer-by called 999, but Mr Johnston, known locally as Grahame, had already died by the time ambulance crews arrived.

Tayside Police said his family had been informed.

Officers said there were no suspicious circumstances and a report had been submitted to the procurator fiscal.

It is thought Mr Johnston may have fallen and succumbed to the cold.

Sgt Steve Rose, of Tayside Police, said: "An elderly gentleman was found dead in the early hours of this morning but there does not appear to be anything suspicious at this time.

"The family has been informed and we are still waiting on the doctor coming out to see exactly what has happened."

Police cordoned off the area and erected a blue tent around where the man's body was found.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: "We received a call at 05:21 from a mobile phone number - presumably a passer-by - reporting that they had come across an unconscious male on the path by Monifieth High School on Panmurefield Road. He wasn't breathing.

"An ambulance crew arrived at 05.25 and confirmed it was a sudden death and police were informed."

A Tayside Police spokeswoman added: "Tayside Police can confirm officers attended in Panmurefield Road in Monifieth following a report of a sudden death of an elderly man. Inquiries are continuing."

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