Police HQ plaque has wrong street name for address

The incorrect signage at the station for 'St Leonard's Lane'. Picture: Toby Williams
The incorrect signage at the station for 'St Leonard's Lane'. Picture: Toby Williams
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BUNGLING police chiefs have unofficially given Edinburgh’s divisional HQ a new address – with the wrong street name on signs.

St Leonard’s police station, made famous by fictional detective John Rebus, is based in St Leonard’s Street in the Southside but signage has changed that to “Lane”.

Police in the Capital are now blaming faceless bosses in Glasgow for the blunder which will cost several hundreds of pounds to put right.

One resident who spotted the mistake said: “It’s embarrassing but hilarious. When I asked someone who works in the station they said the plaque was designed by someone in Glasgow.

“They have obviously not done their homework and checked the address out on the official police website and have just looked at maps on the internet which shows the side of the station in the Lane but the address is actually St Leonard’s Street and has been since the station opened in the 1970s.

“It used to be the old ‘B’ Division headquarters for Lothian and Borders Police and was made famous by Ian Rankin’s books on Rebus so it should be fairly well known.

“With all the austerity measures and police cuts, wasting money on something so simple is a disgrace.

“It’s laughable no-one thought to ask the station commander to proof the new signage before it went up.”

A council source confirmed the police station is located at St Leonard’s Street because of the position of the front door access to the premises.

But a spokesman for Police Scotland, whose own website quotes the “Street” address, insisted the sign “is not wrong”.

He said: “The station sits on St Leonard’s Street and Lane. If you look at Google maps you can see that.”

Councillor Cameron Rose, a retired policeman, said: “This is a humorous illustration that all is not well with Police Scotland. I gave it the benefit of the doubt to begin with but it’s gone, not just because of this, but Police Scotland has not fulfilled the intentions for it.”

St Leonard’s is a regular haunt for Ian Rankin crimebuster DI John Rebus and features prominently in many of the bestselling author’s novels.

The error comes one year after ‘punctuation police’ petitioned City Chambers demanding politicians restore the missing apostrophe from Princes Street.

The Capital’s flagship boulevard saw its possessive apostrophe dropped in the 1830s, rendering it grammatically inaccurate.