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Man charged after police officer stabbed at college in Edinburgh

College stabbing Image copyright Jay Gallacher
Image caption The incident happened inside the college building

A 19-year-old man has been charged after a police officer was stabbed inside a college in Edinburgh.

The male officer was stabbed in the back at Edinburgh College in West Granton Road at about 09:30.

The officer was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with a non life-threatening injury.

A man was detained at the scene in connection with the incident and is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in Tuesday.

An area behind the canteen was cordoned off by police.

Police Scotland said the incident was being treated as an isolated case.

Ch Insp Stevie Sutherland, Area Commander for North West Edinburgh, said: "Our thoughts are with our colleague as he continues to recover from what is thankfully a non life-threatening wound.

"This incident continues to be treated as isolated and we're working closely with Edinburgh College to offer support to students and staff.

"There will be an increased police presence across the campus over the coming days and anyone with concerns is urged to speak to us or contact Edinburgh College's Student Services Department."

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said: "Police Scotland always takes the welfare of its officers very seriously. We continually keep officer safety under review and regular liaison takes place with staff associations around this issue.

"As always, we will investigate this incident to see if there is anything to be learned from it. The officer's injuries are thankfully not life-threatening and I intend to visit him tomorrow."

A college spokesman said classes would continue and have not been cancelled.

He spokesman said: "We are assisting Police Scotland with inquiries after an incident at our Granton campus this morning.

"The college remains open, with classes going ahead today as usual. The safety of our students and staff is our most important consideration and Police Scotland have confirmed this is an isolated incident."

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