By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews
EDINBURGH city centre has been brought to a halt following a major police incident.
Around 50 police officers carrying riot shields and wearing balaclavas were deployed on Cockburn Street, in the city’s historic Old Town, at around 10pm on Saturday evening.
Crowds gathered as police helicopters circled the area for more than an hour.
Sniffer dogs, fire engines and police vehicles were on the scene as the drama unfolded, with officers cordoning off Cockburn Street with police tape.
Police searched floor by floor the old Scotsman building at 30 Cockburn Street.
Police moved onlookers back last night saying there was an “ongoing dangerous incident”.
One witness said: “The helicopter has been circling for more than an hour shining its search light down over the tops of buildings.
“The police have been warning us all to stay back.”
Some onlookers took to Twitter to describe the scene. Rudra Kapila wrote: “Area is mini war zone”.
Abbie Jessie added: “All the streets have been blocked of by police and helicopters.”
Police Scotland refused to comment on speculation there had been a shooting, but did confirm there was an “ongoing incident”.
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EDIT* Cut off the Bridges, man on top of Scotsman building. 11:49 pm
EDIT* Police say no guns involved. 00:12 am
Parts of Edinburgh city centre are on lockdown as dozens of police officers hunt a man reported to be on a roof.
Fire crews have joined officers in the search for the man in the city’s Old Town.
Police have refused to comment on reports of a shooting in the area at around 10pm last night, but did confirm there was an ongoing incident.
Sky’s Scotland correspondent James Matthews said police do not believe a firearm is involved in the operation.
According to reports, more than 50 officers in riot gear were deployed to Cockburn Street with a police helicopter circling overhead.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police and the fire service are in attendance to trace a man reported to be on a roof in Edinburgh city centre.
“The police helicopter has been deployed and a cordon is in places to ensure public safety.”
Police Helicopters all over
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: ‘Police and the fire service are in attendance to trace a man reported to be on a roof in Edinburgh city centre.
The police helicopter has been deployed and a cordon is in places to ensure public safety.’ Man on rooftop in central Edinburgh. Police tell us he poses no risk to anyone. Yet there are swat teams and helicopters. Overreaction much?
EDIT* 01:10 AM
Riot police were involved in a search for a rumoured gunman on Edinburgh rooftops last night after reports of a shooting near the Royal Mile.
Around 50 officers with shields were deployed on the city’s Cockburn Street and a police helicopter circled skies above the Old Town from 10pm.
The fire service were also in attendance.
There were reports from Twitter users of a possible shooting and that the gunman may have escaped on to a roof but police later confirmed there were no firearms involved.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police and fire services are in attendance to trace a male on the roof of a building in Edinburgh.
“A helicopter has been deployed and a cordon has been put in place for the public’s protection.”
Parts of Edinburgh city centre have been cordoned off as police hunt for a man reported to be on a roof.
Emergency services were called to the Royal Mile at Cockburn Street at around 10pm on Saturday.
More than 50 officers in riot gear were seen searching buildings around the area, with the police helicopter overhead.
Early reports of a shooting were dismissed by Police Scotland, who said there is no risk to the public.
Writing on Twitter, the force said: “The incident on the Royal Mile this evening is not an armed incident, and there is no risk to the public.
“Police presence around the Royal Mile after a man was reported to be on a roof. A cordon is in place to ensure safety.”
Police say incident which saw part of central Edinburgh cordoned off now concluded; one person detained