The Scottish Prison Service have confirmed that a male prisoner from Saughton Prison was injured and admitted to hospital in the early hours of this morning. It is understood the prisoner, a 32 year-old male, suffered an injury to his neck which may have been caused by a razor blade.

The Reporter understands that this may be the same person who was arrested earlier this week after an incident in a Royal Mile chemist shop when several people were held hostage.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said:- “We received a call to Saughton Prison at 4.17am, and  a male was taken from the prison to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said:- “We have not been called by the Prison Service to investigate any incident.”