City street opens after evacuation amid reports of a 'malicious call'

Dundee Street was cordoned off by police on Saturday evening after a business premises in the area received the call.

Dundee Street reopens after ‘malicious call’ deemed as ‘hoax’ by police iStock

A city street in Edinburgh has been reopened after police responded to reports of a “malicious call” in the area.

Dundee Street was cordoned off by police on Saturday evening after a business premises in the area received the call.

Police confirmed that several nearby buildings were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The street has now fully reopened after emergency services established there was “no wider risk” to the public.

Police Scotland said that enquiries into the “hoax” are being taken seriously following the disruption.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Following a malicious call received at a business premises in Dundee Street, Edinburgh around 4pm on Saturday, December 2, 2023, the cordon has now been removed and the area has fully reopened.

“Several buildings nearby were evacuated as a precaution, a thorough search was carried out and it was established there was no wider risk to the public.

“Police Scotland takes hoax calls extremely seriously. They divert police resources and cause disruption and alarm to the public. Enquiries into the call are ongoing.”

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