A man has been charged in connection with the death of gangster Martin Hamilton.
Hamilton’s remains were found in a wooded area near the Five Sisters Business Park in West Calder, West Lothian, on December 17 and a murder inquiry was launched shortly before Christmas.
A 51-year-old man has been arrested and charged and will appear before Livingston Sheriff Court on Monday.
Hamilton, who was known as the “Blackhill Butcher”, had not been seen since April 16 last year.
A £2000 reward was offered for information on the 53-year-old after he was released from prison on licence in September 2014. He was described as “dangerous” and was wanted on a revocation of licence warrant.
Detective superintendent Kenny Graham, who is leading the murder inquiry, said his officers would be continuing their work in Blackburn and West Calder.
He said: “Our inquiries are ongoing and following this arrest we will be revisiting a number of people we have spoken to.
“We are also keen to hear from anyone else who may have information which may assist but who have not felt able to come forward before.
“We still have searches to conduct near the Five Sisters Business Park, as well as forensic work and other local inquiries in Blackburn, and this will be in conjunction with local officers who remain on high-visibility patrol in the area.
“I’m pleased with the support we have received from the local community in Blackburn – as well as information which has assisted my investigation, we have seen great engagement on a range of matters.
“We are committed to a thorough investigation of the murder of Martin Hamilton.”
Anyone with information about case should contact the Major Investigation Team at Livingston on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.