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Two people arrested in connection with suspicious package left in Edinburgh park

The package, which had the potential to cause harm, was found in Princes Street Gardens in January 2018.

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The package was found in January 2018 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The package was found in January 2018 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The package was found in January 2018 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A man and woman have been arrested in connection with a suspicious package left in a park in the centre of Edinburgh.

Police Scotland were called to a report of a suspicious object at a shelter in Princes Street Gardens on Thursday, January 11 2018.

Examination by investigators found it had the potential to harm people and property nearby.

Police Scotland said that a 35-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the package.

The activity in Granton Road and on King George IV Bridge was pre-planned and intelligence-ledChief Superintendent Sean Scott

Detective Chief Superintendent Stuart Houston, Police Scotland’s Head of Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism, said: “Since the discovery of the item, officers from Police Scotland’s Counter Terrorism Unit have carried out extensive inquiries, including with European partners and law enforcement agencies.”

Police said there is no risk to the wider community.

Chief Superintendent Sean Scott, Police Scotland’s Divisional Commander for Edinburgh, said: “Inquiries by Police Scotland are ongoing and I want to re-assure the public that the activity in Granton Road and on King George IV Bridge was pre-planned and intelligence-led.

“You will see an increased police presence, however, there is no wider risk to the community.”

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