Half-naked man wrestled to floor outside Edinburgh Caledonian Hotel after 'shouting' heard in Greggs

One onlooker said four police vans were at the scene.

By Conor Marlborough
Thursday, 25th June 2020, 6:48 pm

Police in Edinburgh have been photographed wrestling a half-naked man to the ground outside the Caledonian Hotel on Princes Street this afternoon.

One onlooker said they heard shouting from a nearby Greggs before the incident, which happened at shortly after 2pm at the junction of Princes Street, Lothian Road, and Shandwick Place.

“The girl doing the front door was shouting at the guy,” they told the Evening News, “he was then walking towards Sainsbury’s.

Police in Edinburgh have been photographed wrestling a half-naked man to the ground outside the Caledonian Hotel on Princes Street this afternoon.

“He stopped to pick up his flip flops and I think he went into the Bank of Scotland.”

A few minutes later, when the witness returned from a nearby shop, they said the tram had been stopped on South Charlotte Street and four police vans were at the scene.

“I saw the guy being wrestled down on the island. He was fighting back yelling and it took four of them to get him down in the middle of the road.”

A photo of the incident shows four police officers around the topless man as he lies on the tarmac at the junction of Princes Street and Lothian Road.

Behind them, a large queue of traffic can be seen further up Lothian Road.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 1.55pm on Thursday, 25 June, 2020, officers were called to Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, following reports of a disturbance.

“A man has been arrested in connection and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary as a precaution."

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