• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Man detained after dramatic police operation following incident at Edinburgh hospital

A man has been detained by police after an incident in the grounds of a hospital in which two people were injured.

Armed police outside the Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Armed police outside the Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Officers attended the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in the Morningside area of the city at around 4pm today.

It was described as an "isolated incident".

A huge police operation was mounted with dozens of police, including armed officers, and a helicopter over the site. Local people were told to stay indoors as inquiries continued.

Superintendent Kenny MacDonald said: "Police cordoned off an area around the Royal Edinburgh and Astley Ainslie Hospital while inquiries were carried out.

"The injuries of the two people, a man and a woman, are not life threatening.

"I'd like to thank the public for their patience during this time."

Tim Montgomery, director of operations, Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Associated Services, NHS Lothian, said: "We can confirm that an incident took place in the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital earlier today.

"This was an isolated incident and no other patients or staff were injured. Patient safety remains our main priority and we will continue to help Police Scotland with their inquiries."

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.