Police cordon off Edinburgh road after residents hear 'loud bangs'

A road in Edinburgh is currently cordoned off by police after residents reported hearing “loud bangs” moments before emergency services arrived.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 8:44 pm

Wester Drylaw Drive is currently taped off, with emergency services, including the Ambulance Service, in attendance.

One resident reported awaking from a nap after hearing loud bangs, before police arrived on the scene.

They told the Edinburgh Evening News: "Something happened at around 7pm.

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Wester Drylaw Drive was cordoned off on Friday evening
Wester Drylaw Drive was cordoned off on Friday evening

“I was having a nap when I heard loud bangs that woke me up.

"I thought someone crashed a car. I got up to the window a moment later but couldn't see anything.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We were made aware of a male injured on Wester Drylaw Drive in Edinburgh around 7.15pm on Friday, 12 March.

"The man has been taken to hospital by ambulance and enquiries are ongoing."

Locals in Wester Drylaw Drive said the victim was targeted by a number of masked men and stabbed in the head, leg and arm at around 3.45pm on Tuesday, March 9.

Police confirmed he was “seriously injured” and taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment for head, leg and arm injuries.

Locals said the victim of the earlier attack was believed to be a leading member of a crime gang which was involved in a drugs war which raged across the north of Edinburgh in the early 2000s.

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