Police in Edinburgh taser man wielding blade in confrontation on Stenhouse Drive

Police swooped onto the scene after reports of a man with a blade.

Police officers in Edinburgh were forced to taser a man wielding a blade in a dramatic confrontation in the west of the city.

Local residents raised the alarm after the man was spotted carrying a weapon on Stenhouse Drive at around 6pm on Saturday, August 1.

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A heavy police presence was deployed to the scene with one witness telling the Edinburgh Evening News they saw an “an ambulance, four police cars and two police bikes.” on the road near the Saughton tram stop.

The incident took place on Stenhouse Drive in Saughton.

A specialist officer subdued the 57-year-old using a taser to stun the assailant, who was then taken to hospital.

No one else was injured in the incident.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We received a report of concern for a man in possession of a bladed article on Stenhouse Drive, Edinburgh, around 5.55pm on Saturday, 1 August, 2020.

"Officers attended and due to the man's behaviour, a Taser was deployed by a specially trained officer.

"The man, 57, was suffering from serious injuries and taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. A report will be submitted to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) as standard procedure following the deployment of a Taser."

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