Explosives incident at Persevere Court

Posted on 25/04/2014 by



Persevere Court residents are back in their homes this evening following an afternoon of high drama in Leith.

Residents were evacuated from the tower block and North Junction Street was also sealed off earlier today as police and armed forces personnel searched a flat in Persevere Court. It’s understood that some dangerous material was found there and a controlled explosion was carried out on Leith Links earlier this evening.

All local restrictions have now been lifted.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police Scotland can confirm that material has been removed from an address in Leith, following a search conducted as part of an ongoing operation.

“The material is likely to be destroyed by way of a small, controlled explosion carried out by the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

“There is no risk to the public. All cordons have been lifted in the area of Persevere Court and residents are being allowed back to their homes.”

The Persevere Court incident comes just a week after Fidra Court in Muirhouse was evacuated while bomb disposal squads investigated the discovery of explosives there. A man subsequently appeared in court on terrorism and explosives charges.