Police officer stabbed outside Edinburgh College

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A man has been detained by police after a officer was stabbed at Telford campus this morning

The officer is not thought to be seriously injured.

Police vehicles outside Edinburgh College's campus in Granton where a police officer suffered non life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in the back. Picture; PA

Police vehicles outside Edinburgh College's campus in Granton where a police officer suffered non life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in the back. Picture; PA

A spokesperson for Edinburgh police confirmed that officers were called to an address an address in West Granton Road around 9.10am on this morning following a report of concern for a man who was allegedly threatening to harm himself and others.

A statement read: “An officer in attendance sustained a non life-threatening injury to his back and has been taken by the Scottish Ambulance Service to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

“A man is detained in connection with this incident, which is currently being treated as isolated.”

It has been confirmed that the incident happened on campus.

Telford College. Picture: TSPL

Telford College. Picture: TSPL

Police have confirmed a male officer was stabbed in the incident.

Reacting to the news that a police officer has been stabbed in the back at an incident this morning, Andrea MacDonald, Chair of the Scottish Police Federation said:

“I would like to commend the bravery of all of the Police Officers who attended this incident, undoubtedly their actions in protecting the public prevented further injuries or even fatalities.

“However - whilst all details are still to emerge - once again it appears that we have Scottish Police Officers not suitably equipped to deal with an incident where an individual is armed.

“Our thoughts are with the Police Officer who was injured and his family and colleagues at this time.”

Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton issued a statement to staff and students confirming a section of the campus has been cordoned off.

It read: “You may have heard about an incident at Granton Campus this morning so we want to assure you that this has been dealt with by Police Scotland and that we are working closely with them on their enquiries.

“The safety of students and staff is our most important consideration and Police Scotland have assured us the incident was isolated. Students and staff at the campus are safe and well, and officers are on site carrying out enquiries.

“We know you will be concerned about this but please know we have done everything possible to ensure the safety of our students and staff, in partnership with police officers.

“The college will remain open, in line with guidance from Police Scotland. Officers have cordoned off part of a very small section of The Hub while they carry out enquiries.

“Although this is an isolated incident, our Student Support team is available to provide support for any students as necessary. Our PAM Assist employee assistance service is also available for any staff.

“We will update you with any further information as soon as we can.”