Police car involved in crash in Stockbridge

A police car responding to an emergency call crashed into a car exiting a parking space on Raeburn Place. Picture: Greg Macvean
A police car responding to an emergency call crashed into a car exiting a parking space on Raeburn Place. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A police officer has been injured after a patrol car smashed into another vehicle while responding to an incident.

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The scene on Raeburn Place in Stockbridge. Picture: Greg Macvean

The scene on Raeburn Place in Stockbridge. Picture: Greg Macvean

The smash in Stockbridge saw the marked car sustain substantial damage, alongside at least two others parked up along the road.

It is understood the police car was travelling along Raeburn Place to an incident when it swerved to avoid a Mercedes that pulled out in front of it.

Pictures from the scene show a silver Nissan hit by the police car wedged up against a parking meter and a bollard.

It is not thought anyone was in the car at the time.

The Nissan and the police car involved in the collision. Picture: Greg Macvean

The Nissan and the police car involved in the collision. Picture: Greg Macvean

Another car damaged in the accident was a blue Mini owned by 54-year-old Laurenne Pottinger-Donald, who had been on a walk in a nearby park at the time.

Mrs Pottinger-Donald said she had been told that the police car had been driving with its blue lights flashing and that “they were obviously on a mission”.

She added: “The police got clipped by the Mercedes, which went into [the] parked car which went into my car. Thankfully no-one was killed – the police have been wonderful.”

Mrs Pottinger, of Inverleith, said she had heard a bang when setting out for her walk but only realised her car had been involved when she returned.

She added: “My main concern was [that] everybody was OK. My wee car is 14 years old and not a scratch until today – I was shocked.”

Cara Coleman, co-manager of nearby store Popping Up In Stockbridge, said she heard a “really big bang”.

Mrs Coleman, 28, said she went to have a look and could see a police officer getting out of the marked car.

She added: “I’ve never seen anything like that here before because you can’t go very fast along there. I think they must have swerved to get out of the way. There were a few customers in the shop at the time – they just stopped and looked outside.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police were called to a road traffic collision in the north of the city.

“The incident occurred around 1pm on Monday, at Raeburn Place between a marked police vehicle and a Mercedes.

“No-one is thought to be seriously injured but a female officer from the marked police vehicle has been taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.”

The road was temporarily closed and diversions were put in place while recovery work was carried out at the scene.