Mark Patterson: Incidents such as Willowbrae shooting are rare in Edinburgh

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The murder of a 25-year-old Edinburgh man in the Willowbrae area at the weekend will rightly have shocked people across Scotland.

The major inquiry into this crime is extensive and it is important people remember that incidents such as these are incredibly rare within Edinburgh and the Capital remains a safe place to live, work and visit.

I fully understand the impact that such events can have on the local community, with police activity very evident on the streets. But the officers working on this investigation firmly believe that those responsible are likely to be found within two groups of men who were involved in related incidents in the hours prior to the murder and there is no impact on the wider public.

While our inquiries centre on the Abercorn Avenue area of the city, they now also include Captain’s Drive where we think one of these related incidents may have taken place.

That is why we continue to deploy a large number of officers to the Willowbrae and Gracemount areas, to speak with residents and to address their concerns.

This also provides an opportunity for people to approach these officers and pass on any information they might have, in complete confidence. I would urge anyone who thinks they might have any relevant information to do this or to contact Police Scotland on 101.

I would like to thank those who live and work in these areas for all of their assistance, patience, support and understanding while the cordons were in place. Such incidents are rare but we have the expertise and professionalism to deal with them effectively when they do occur.

Our communities can rest assured that Police Scotland is working tirelessly to find those responsible and bring a sense of normality back to the area.

• Chief Inspector Mark Patterson is the Area Commander for the Edinburgh South area of Police Scotland