Controlled explosion carried out on ‘suspicious item’

A bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion on Holyrood Road in Edinburgh.

Holyrood: The street has been cordoned off. Google 2019
Holyrood: The street has been cordoned off.

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a ‘suspicious item’ down a street near the Scottish Parliament.

Police locked down Holyrood Road in Edinburgh following the discovery on Gullan’s Close on Tuesday afternoon.

A bomb squad was called to the address after the alarm was raised shortly after 1.30pm.

Police later confirmed the device was found not to be viable or pose any risk to the public.

Roads which had been closed in the surrounding area while emergency services attended have now been reopened.

Detective inspector Bruce Coutts said: “I would like to thank local residents, businesses and road users affected by this incident for their patience.

“We are continuing with inquiries to establish the full circumstances and a police presence will be retained in the area while this work is carried out.”