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Man in court over stolen Edinburgh Tattoo girders

Similar trailer load that was stolen
Image caption Similar red trailers carrying girders were stolen from a Livingston industrial site

A 38-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the theft of girders which were specially designed for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo's grandstand.

Colin Jackson appeared on petition at Livingston Sheriff Court accused of stealing two 20-tonne steel beams, valued at £50,000 each.

Mr Jackson, from Ayrshire, made no plea or declaration and was committed for further examination.

He was remanded in custody. The girders disappeared last month.

The custom-made girders are an integral part of the new multi-million pound grandstand being built at Edinburgh Castle for this August's international spectacle.

They disappeared from Houstoun Industrial Estate in Livingston, West Lothian.

Two red trailers on which the steel was loaded were allegedly taken from Marshall Construction's yard in Muir Road on Sunday 22 May.

A spokesman for the Lothian and Borders force said specialist heavy-lifting equipment would have been required for the theft.

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