Bank strikes deal over house of tragedy

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FIFE Council has had an offer to take over Muiredge Cottage in Buckhaven accepted by the property’s bank.

The house has lain vacant since May 2008 when Robert Thomson killed two of his children, son Ryan (7) and daughter Michelle (25).

The Mail recently reported on the negotiations between the council and the Bank of Scotland, with it this week being confirmed that a deal had been reached between the two.

Council planner Michael Westwater said: “Fife Council submitted an offer to purchase Muiredge Cottage in May 2011.

“This has been accepted and Fife Council will secure the title in the near future.”

The council says it plans to demolish the property and landscape the site in the short term.

The property’s removal may also allow for future junction and road upgrades to assist housing and industry development needs further down the line.

In 2004 two men lost their lives following a collision at the spot near to the home with another serious accident happening at around the same area in July of last year.