Police officers in Edinburgh have been left to “fend for themselves” in the face of rising violent crime, an MSP has claimed.

Lothian Tory MSP Sue Webber raised the issue of police numbers in the Capital at General Question Time in the Scottish Parliament, saying there had been a drop of 76 officers since the formation of Police Scotland just over a decade ago.

She said: “Since the Scottish National Party government decided to merge Scotland’s police forces into one, that action has had a devastating impact on the visible footprint of police officers in our communities.

“It is no wonder that recorded violent crime in Edinburgh has increased by 10 per cent in the past year alone. Why has the SNP Government left our hard-working police officers to fend for themselves in the face of rising violent crime?”

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