Man ‘threatened to kill’ police officer at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Princes Street was packed for the Hogmanay celebrations. Picture; ian Georgeson
Princes Street was packed for the Hogmanay celebrations. Picture; ian Georgeson
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A MAN who allegedly threatened to murder a police officer during Edinburgh’s New Year celebrations has appeared in court.

Aleksander Mackowiak is said to have made the gun threat during a phone call to Police Scotland’s control room, at Bilston Glen, just hours before the bells.

Mackowiak is also alleged to have then called the control room for a second time in the early hours of New Year’s Day and threatened to harm himself.

The 38-year-old, from Restalrig, is also facing a charge of threatening to attack Detective Sergeant David Robertson while he was being held at the capital’s St Leonard’s police station.

And a fourth charge states the Polish national shouted, swore and uttered offensive remarks at the police station on January 2.

Mackowiak appeared in private at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and made no plea or declaration.

He was remanded in custody and will appear back at the city court at a future date.