A man and woman have been found dead in a room at a luxury city hotel.
Police are investigating the deaths following the discovery of the bodies at the five-star Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh at 12.15pm on Thursday.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Emergency services are in attendance at the Scotsman Hotel on North Bridge where the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in a room around 12.15pm today.
“Inquiries are at an early stage and the deaths are being treated as unexplained at this time.”
It is understood that police are investigating a possible chemical incident andthe sixth floor of the hotel has been evacuated.
The Scotsman is situated just off Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile and a short distance from Princes Street, the city’s main shopping thoroughfare.
Edinburgh’s busy summer season is under way as thousands of performers and tourists flock to Scotland’s capital for the Fringe Festival which officially begins on Friday.