Man is arrested over bomb alert at Queen's Edinburgh home

A man has been arrested after a bomb disposal team responded to a report of a suspicious item at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Police attended the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh at around 8.50pm yesterday and a specialist Army bomb disposal squad made the item safe. 

It has today been confirmed by investigators that a 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police Scotland has not released any details about what the object was.

The Queen, who usually spends one week at Holyroodhouse at the beginning of each summer, is currently with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle. 

Police officers carrying long sticks were seen methodically combing the forecourt and grass outside the palace in Edinburgh today. 

Officers were seen inspecting drains and underneath cars and putting items into clear plastic bags. 

Several police vehicles were stationed outside the palace.  

A Police Scotland spokesman said: 'We were called to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Abbey Strand, Edinburgh, around 8.50pm on Tuesday, March 23, following a report of a suspicious item.

'Following examination by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), it was made safe.

'A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident. There was no threat to the public and enquiries are ongoing into the full circumstances.' 

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