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Man arrested after attempted murder of Edinburgh police officer, number 27

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder a police officer in Edinburgh.

The incident happened at a petrol station on Stenhouse Road at around 7.25pm ​​on Tuesday 9th July 2024.

The 32-year-old police officer was on foot when he was injured in an incident involving a stolen Mercedes GLE. He was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh with serious but non-life-threatening injuries and has been discharged from hospital.

This The vehicle was stolen from the Gorgie Road area at around 7:05pm this evening. A 16-year-old boy was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the theft and managed to get out a short time later. He was not injured in the incident.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on a number of charges including attempted murder, theft of a motor vehicle, kidnapping, dangerous driving and other road traffic offences. He is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday, 11 July 2024.

Detective Inspector David McAlinden said: “This was a very serious incident and we continue to provide support to the officer and his family.

“I would like to thank members of the public for their quick response to assisting our colleague and assisting with the investigation at the scene.

“We are aware that a number of vehicles were damaged in the area during the incident and would encourage any witnesses or anyone with information who has not already spoken to police to come forward.

“You can contact police on 101, quoting incident 2997 of 9 July 2024. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.”

John graduated from Telford College in 2010 with an HNC in Practical Journalism and has since worked for the North Edinburgh News, The Southern Reporter, Irish News Review and The Edinburgh Reporter, as well as contributing to the Edinburgh Evening News and the Hibernian FC Programme.