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Police station is hit by bullet

A BULLET lodged in the wall of a police station after a home-made gun went off as it was being inspected by forensic experts.

The makeshift weapon had been confiscated in a raid on a property in Leith, Edinburgh, earlier this month.

Three days later, forensic specialists were examining it at Gayfield police station when it went off.

Details of the incident emerged in a report for a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).

SPA forensics chief Tom Nelson said: "Two forensic science staff were carrying out an examination of a home-made firearm. During this inspection the weapon was discharged and a projectile was lodged in the wall of the room.No-one was injured."

Investigations have been launched by the Health and Safety Executive and the Police Investigations and Review Commission (PIRC), which is informed of every "unintentional firearms discharge".

A man and a woman appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court following the raid, charged in connection with the weapon. The case was continued.

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