Armed man detained by police after Leith incident

Police have closed off Albert Street, Leith. Picture: John Devlin

Police have closed off Albert Street, Leith. Picture: John Devlin

An armed man has been detained by police after barricading himself in a tenement block.

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Albert Street in Leith was sealed off around 1.30pm on Saturday with officers in riot gear spotted beyond the police tape with numerous vehicles in attendance.

Witnesses on Twitter described a man hanging from the window of a tenement block.

Police said the man – who is understood to have been threatening to harm himself – was detained and the road reopened around 5.45pm.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police in Edinburgh were in attendance at Albert Street following concern for the male occupant of a flat, which was reported around 1.30pm.

“The road was closed while officers worked to bring this to a peaceful resolution.