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Thugs blasted for throwing sandbag from bridge

The sandbag narrowly missed pedestrians

THUGS hurled a sandbag from a bridge in Edinburgh, narrowly missing pedestrians below.

The sandbag was thrown from the George IV bridge into the Cowgate at around 12.30am today (Thurs)

Weighing approximately 10kg, police say the missile had the potential to cause serious injury and are appealing for any information that can assist their inquiries.

A police spokesman said: “This was a mindless act of criminal recklessness, the consequences of which could have been very severe, and it is only by good fortune that no-one was seriously injured.

“We want anyone who witnessed the sandbag being thrown from George IV Bridge around half past midnight to contact police immediately, similarly, anyone else who has any information that can assist our inquiries should also get in touch.”

In 2007 Australian Andrew Smith was convicted of severely injuring student Kate Flannery after throwing a traffic cone from the bridge into Merchant Street.

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

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