Man with gun arrested by armed police on Leith Links near primary school

A man with a gun has been arrested on Leith Links close to a primary school this morning.

Leith Links. PIC: Google

Police have confirmed they were called at around 8.15am to an incident on Leith Links which happened close to St Mary's primary school.

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Eyewitnesses have reported the man was holding the gun to his own head when armed police arrived at the scene.

Leith Links. PIC: Google

It is understood the weapon involved was a soft pellet gun, which is not classed as a firearm, though police sources said seen from a distance it would look like a gun and could alarm people.

One eyewitness said on Twitter; "Walking the boy to school over Leith Links and suddenly loads of armed police swarming everywhere and heading for a guy on a park bench. "

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