‘Burglar’ falls from window on third floor

Police attend the scene in Coates Gardens. Picture: Jane Barlow
Police attend the scene in Coates Gardens. Picture: Jane Barlow
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A MAN who plunged 30ft to the ground from the window of a third-floor flat was trying to break into the property, witnesses have said.

The would-be burglar plummeted into a glass outhouse in gardens behind homes in Coates Gardens, in the West End, before emerging covered in blood.

Police closed the street for several hours, while residents were stopped from entering their homes as he was treated for injuries which were later described as “non-life threatening”.

One man told the Evening News how he saw the intruder fall from the ledge of his neighbour’s window on Friday afternoon.

He said: “I was in my flat and I heard screaming and shouting.

“I rushed to the window, and I saw a guy hanging from the window above me shouting ‘help me, help me’.

“He was dangling from the ledge.

“I ran back into my living room and phoned the fire brigade, it was the first thing I could think of.

“The next thing I just heard an almighty crash and the guy fell on to the conservatory below.

“He was absolutely covered in blood. I’m not sure if it was from the window above, or whether he had actually gone through part of the conservatory roof.

“I started to panic and was trying to think of things I could do to help.

“I thought about getting a blanket or something and going down to help him but the woman on the phone just told me to stay put, that someone would be here shortly to help.”

Minutes later the emergency services were on the scene and the man was soon taken to hospital by ambulance.

The neighbour added: “The guy was trying to break in – you don’t normally see neighbours hanging from windows like that.

“He was trying to get in through the window.”

A workman loading up his van said he didn’t see anything but heard “glass shattering”, while a resident of the street was left stranded as the police refused to let her into her property while they investigated.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police in Edinburgh were in attendance following concern for a man in Coates Gardens.

“The incident occurred on Friday, August 21 at around 3.40pm when a man fell from a height.

“He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“Inquiries into the full circumstances of this incident are ongoing.”

Last week, the Evening News told how the number of break-ins to homes across Edinburgh had dropped by more than 50 per cent in five months.

courtney.cameron@edinburghnews.com