Why was a police helicopter flying over Edinburgh last night?

Police were searching for a missing person in Edinburgh. Stock picture; Neil Hanna
Police were searching for a missing person in Edinburgh. Stock picture; Neil Hanna
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Many took to social media to ask why a helicopter was flying over the Capital late last night.

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Residents in Broughton, Trinity, Comely Bank and Canonmills reported hearing and seeing the large helicopter after 11pm last night.

The helicopter circled for over an hour, using a searchlight to sweep the areas.

It was being used as part of a police operation in the city as officers searched for a missing person.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police in Edinburgh were called after a woman in her fifties was reported missing from the Goldenacre area on Tuesday night.

Picture; Toby Williams

Picture; Toby Williams

“Specialist resources were deployed, including the Police Scotland helicopter.

“The woman was traced safely in East Lothian this morning.”

Police have confirmed that the missing person was subsequently found.