Gun discovered by police in Leith shooting probe

Police discovered a gun following the incident. Picture; stock imagePolice discovered a gun following the incident. Picture; stock image
Police discovered a gun following the incident. Picture; stock image
A GUN has been found by police investigating a shooting in Leith that left one man in hospital.

The weapon was found near Cables Wynd House, where a man in his 20s was shot in the leg at about 11pm on Friday.

The victim remains in hospital for treatment, with his condition described as stable and non-life threatening.

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Police have made a fresh appeal for information about the attack.

Detective Inspector Alan O’Brien, of Edinburgh CID, said: “A firearm has now been recovered and we believe this was the same one used in the attack.

“From the inquiries carried out thus far, we are confident that we are dealing with a single suspect and that this was an isolated incident.

“It remains my view that there is not an ongoing threat to the community.

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“However, there will be an increase in police patrols in the area for the foreseeable future in order to provide a reassuring presence.

“I appeal to anyone who was in the area of Cables Wynd on Friday night and who noticed any suspicious behaviour to contact police immediately on 101.

“Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made through the registered charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Leith Labour councillor Gordon Munro said the incident was “unprecedented” in the area.

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But he praised the quick actions of the police in calming local residents and carrying out comprehensive investigations.

Councillor Munro said: “What I have heard is that people are really pleased that the police have dealt with it so quickly – both in identifying what happened and providing reassurance.

“I think that’s a testament both to their ability and to the local community for providing them with information.

“There’s not been [any problems] there for a long, long time. So this is very unusual.”

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