Man lied to police about spotting gunman in street

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard armed response units had been called. Picture: Greg Macvean

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard armed response units had been called. Picture: Greg Macvean

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A MAN prompted a police manhunt after lying to a 999 operator about seeing a man carrying a handgun on a busy city street, a court has heard.

Gary Anderson,37, told Christine Goodall on May 23 2013 that he saw a male with a weapon walking along Edinburgh’s Gorgie Road with the weapon.

The city’s sheriff court heard how armed response units swooped into action looking for the gunman.

The court heard that they were unable to find anybody. Officers traced the phone call and discovered that Anderson had made the false claim.

The story emerged on Tuesday after Anderson, of Tollcross, Edinburgh, pleaded guilty to making a hoax call in May last year before Sheriff Frank Crowe.

Sentence on Anderson was deferred in order for the court to obtain reports about his character.

He will be sentenced on July 29 2014.