A death probe has been launched after a woman was found on fire in a Scottish town.
Horrified residents in the Buckpool area of Buckie, Moray discovered the 63-year-old with severe burns at around 7.30pm last night.
She was taken to hospital for treatment.
However, a spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed this morning the woman later died as a result of her injures.
The spokeswoman added: “Officers were called to the property at around 7.30pm last night.
“A woman, aged 63, was transported to Dr Gray’s hospital in Elgin by ambulance where she later died.
“Police remain in the area this morning while we carry out an investigation into the circumstances.”
Inquiries remain at an early stage but the death is currently being treated as unexplained.
George Sutherland, who lives on Land Street, described the moment he found the woman on fire.
He was sitting in his garden at around 7.30pm last night when he saw smoke coming from a nearby grassy area.
When he went to investigate he discovered the horrific scene.
The 68-year-old told the Evening Express: “I went over to look and that is when I saw a body.
“I ran back and shouted on my neighbour and said that someone was on fire by the sea.
“I phoned to get an ambulance and my wife and neighbour were using buckets of water to douse her. The top part of her clothes had completely burned or melted away.
“There was a paramedic going past who stopped to help and I heard him say she had third degree burns on part of her body.
“I was panicking when I found her and called for my wife.”
Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time, in particular between 7.15pm and 7.30pm.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 as they would like to establish the woman’s movements prior to being taken to hospital.