Two-year-old twins have died after apparently falling into a garden pond in Fife. Police officers and Scottish Ambulance Service personnel were called to a house in Dalgety Bay at about 08:20 after the boys were found in what is thought to be a fish pond.
The boys were taken to Kirkcaldy's Victoria Hospital where they were pronounced dead. A police investigation is under way and Police Scotland has said officers are "supporting the family".
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "We received a call around 08:20 on Saturday following a report of concern for two children at an address in Dalgety Bay, Fife. Two male twins, aged two-years-old, had reportedly drowned in a fish pond and officers attended with the Scottish Ambulance Service.
"The children were taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy where they sadly died. Officers are supporting the family at this time. Inquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing."
Dalgety Bay councillor Dave Dempsey said: "It is enormously sad and my heart goes out to the family. I cannot begin to imagine what the family are going through - it is everyone's worst nightmare. The whole community is shocked.
"As local councillors, we were all notified that two young children had fallen into a pond and died. To think it is twin boys is heartbreaking," he added.
Local MSP Alex Rowley said: "This is awful news and it's every parent's worst nightmare. The loss of two young lives from the same family is heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers, and those of the whole community, are with the family."
Further details about the boys' identities had last night yet to be released but messages of condolence from residents of the coastal town poured on to social media sites.