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Man charged over Edinburgh Royal Mile pharmacy incident

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Media captionA man is led away after the incident on Edinburgh's High Street

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a stand-off at a pharmacy in Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later.

A woman, who is also believed to have been involved, is currently being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after she took ill on Wednesday.

The incident began at about 18:00 in a chemist shop on the High Street between Jeffrey Street and North Bridge.

At least eight police vehicles attended and the Royal Mile was closed off.

Firearms officers deployed a Taser stun gun to detain the man during the incident.

Image caption Peter Tinkler, The Royal Mile Pharmacy owner, said the hostage situation was 'very, very frightening'

A number of customers and staff were held in the shop. They were later released.

Peter Tinkler, The Royal Mile Pharmacy owner, told BBC Scotland: "The situation escalated very, very quickly and certainly the perpetrator forcing me to put the key in the door to lock us in was something I hadn't anticipated.

"A hostage situation is very, very frightening indeed. It is good news we all got out safely but some were really quite shaken up by the incident.

"We had realised that eventually the police would come in and I had said to them that if somebody does come in to get down on the floor.

"So when I saw the police come in from behind me we got down on the floor, so we didn't see the Tasering but we heard it.

"It was all very, very quick, very efficient."

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