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Evacuation after bomb scare at flats

RESIDENTS have been evacuated from their homes in the capital for the second time in a week after a bomb scare.

Two Ministry of Defence bomb disposal experts attended the latest incident at flats yesterday before carrying out a controlled explosion on the suspicious material on nearby Leith Links.

It follows an evacuation from Fidra Court, a high-rise tower block in Muirhouse, on April 18 following the alleged discovery of suspicious items.

A 61-year-old man has appeared in court in connection with the earlier incident, which resulted in hundreds of people being temporarily moved to a leisure centre.

Yesterday a number of properties in the city's Persevere Court were searched and a wide area around them was cordoned of.

A number of police riot vans were on the scene with the much of the surrounding roads cordoned off for around six hours.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed a two-person bomb disposal unit had been working alongside the police.

Police said the incident affected only Persevere Court.

There have been no arrests in connection with the incident.

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Transport Tragedy

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