Police hunt for lost CS spray canister

The spray was lost in the early hours of Sunday

The spray was lost in the early hours of Sunday

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POLICE are hunting for a lost CS spray canister – which fell from an officer’s belt as he pursued a suspect.

Officers responded to a report of disturbance at an address in Prestonfield at around 2.30am on Sunday.

Whilst pursuing a suspect through gardens in Prestonfield Avenue, the spray became detached from the officer’s belt.

A 23-year-old man was subsequently detained and later charged in connection with the disturbance.

Police said they had carried out a thorough search of Prestonfield Avenue, Priestfield Crescent and the surrounding areas, but were unable to find the canister.

Inspector Stephen Rosie said: “While pursuing a suspect an officer’s CS spray has become detached from his belt and despite a thorough search of the area, it remains unrecovered.

“The canister is approximately 12cm tall, grey in colour and is clearly marked. It is within a black plastic holder.”

“CS Spray is for police use only item, utilised in very demanding circumstances to protect both the officer and the wider public.

“Anyone who comes across the canister should not in anyway attempt to use it and should contact us on 101 or bring it to your nearest police station.”