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Man sentenced for four-hour seige in Edinburgh

A man who sparked a four-hour siege in Edinburgh after stabbing himself with a knife has been put on probation for 12 months.

Denim MacLeod ran at police with a knife when they arrived at his home in Dalry in August last year, after a call from a concerned member of the public.

Caledonian Place was cordoned off as officers in full body armour took up positions outside the tenement flat.

MacLeod admitted running at police with a knife and breaching the peace.

Highly agitated

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that it was not until almost 2200 BST that officers were able to coax the 28-year-old out of the building and he was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Fiscal depute Gerard Drugan told Edinburgh Sheriff Court, said there appeared to be blood on the floor and walls and MacLeod was in a highly agitated state.

He said: "The police officers were afraid for their safety and that of the paramedics."

A number of knives were recovered from MacLeod's home.

Sheriff James Scott told MacLeod there were "unusual elements" to the case and that probation was suitable.

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