Man Arrested in Scotland on Suspicion of Murdering Wife

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August 19, 2021 Updated: August 19, 2021

A man being sought over the murder of his wife has been arrested in Scotland, police said.

Mark Barrott, 54, from Leeds, was detained by Police Scotland in the Elgin area at about 4.30 a.m. on Thursday.

He was arrested on suspicion of the murder of 50-year-old nurse Eileen Barrott, who was found dead at the couple’s home in Naburn Fold, Whinmoor, on Sunday.

West Yorkshire Police said he will be brought back to the force area, where he will be interviewed by detectives from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Rolfe said, “we would like to thank all the members of the public who contacted us with information, and also our colleagues in Police Scotland for their assistance and support with this investigation.”

The force had previously urged Barrott to hand himself in and issued appeals after he was seen in Edinburgh and Aberdeen and was traced to an address in Elgin, but he had left.

Neighbours of the couple said they had lived in their terraced house for about 20 years and have two grown-up children—a son and a daughter.

By Tom Wilkinson

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