Public ‘not at risk’ during city-centre incident

Police searched the old Scotsman building at 30 Cockburn Street. Picture: TSPL
Police searched the old Scotsman building at 30 Cockburn Street. Picture: TSPL
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POLICE have insisted there was no danger to the public during a city-centre drama on Saturday night.

One man managed to get on to a rooftop on Cockburn Street as officers investigated the theft of a motorbike.

The street was closed as dozens of onlookers gathered to watch the drama unfold.

Reports a firearm was involved in the incident were later denied by police.

On Sunday, police said they were investigating the theft of a bike when two men ran away from officers in Tron Square at around 8pm.

The stolen bike was found nearby, but one of the suspects made it on to the roof of of the old Scotsman building in Cockburn Street.

A helicopter took to the air and riot police arrived on the scene as the search went on.

One man was detained by police at around 11.50pm. Police said they were still searching for the other man.

Superintendent Angus MacInnes said: “At no time during the incident on Cockburn Street were the public in any danger. We are aware of speculation on social media sites that this incident involved firearms, however, I can categorically state that was not the case. At no time was this a ‘firearms incident’ and no firearms officers were deployed to the scene.

“The use of the police helicopter and a small number of officers with shields was simply about ensuring a safe and co-ordinated apprehension of the suspects. There were clear risks and challenges due to the height and size of the building and our response aimed to manage the risks and to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

“Earlier in the evening, the males riding the motorcycle potentially placed themselves and the public in danger and we are pleased that the motorcycle was recovered and one man detained. A positive line of enquiry is being followed as we continue to trace the other suspect.”