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Edinburgh street swarmed by police as men with 'weapons' tried to get into flat

By Sian Traynor

An Edinburgh Aldi car park was taken over by police on Friday after a huge emergency response raced to Leith.

Images from the scene on Dock Street showed over 10 emergency vehicles, including an armed response unit, attending the scene near the Shore.

Arriving after 11pm, officers told Edinburgh Live they had been informed of two men with 'weapons' who had been trying to gain access to a flat on Admiralty Street.

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With enquiries still ongoing, officers stated that there had been "no trace" of the individuals upon their arrival.

Speaking about the incident, one eyewitness said both armed response units and other emergency teams had arrived shortly after 11.20pm.

A large emergency response had attended (Michael Richardson)

They said: "The armed units were there for about 3/4 mins and left once the regular officers arrived

"The armed officers were out of their vehicles, putting on clothing/equipment and discussing a large white document which one officer was holding.

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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 11.10pm on Friday, 13 May, police received a report of a report of two men with weapons trying to gain entry to a flat in Admiralty Street, Edinburgh.

"Officers attended, searched the area and carried out enquiries in the local area.

"There was no trace and enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances."

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