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No charges over wife in freezer
Berwick-upon-Tweed/Undiscovered Scotland
Mr Irvine took his wife's body to Berwick-upon-Tweed
A grieving Edinburgh pensioner who kept his wife's body in a freezer will not face criminal charges, it has emerged.

Desmond Irvine, 74, said he had not had the chance to say goodbye to his wife Veronica, also 74, who died of natural causes on Valentines Day.

He put her into a wheelchair, then into a taxi, and made the 60-mile journey to the couple's holiday home in Berwick.

The Crown Office said no further action would be taken as no criminal report had been lodged.

Mr Irvine was helped by the couple's son Philip, 36.

Funeral held

Relatives contacted police when they became concerned at the lack of notification about any funeral arrangements.

Mrs Irvine's body was recovered from a freezer at the property 11 days later on 26 February.

The body was reported to have been released from storage last week after permission was given by the procurator fiscal.

It is understood a funeral was held at a cemetery in Inveresk village near Musselburgh last Wednesday.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokeswoman said: "We provided the fiscal with a report of the circumstances and our enquiries are now at an end."

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