Historic Edinburgh church cordoned off by police after 'safety concerns'

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A historic former Edinburgh city centre church has been cordoned off by police due to reports of fallen masonry.

Metal fences have been erected on the pavement outside the Tron Kirk on the city's High Street on Sunday with a marked police car also parked outside the Old Town church.

Pictures from the scene also show what appear to be pieces of sandstone on the pavement as a piece of masonry is understood to have come loose from the top of the 17th century building.

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A source at the scene said: "Thankfully it happened at 4am when the street was quiet. It was because of the 48 hours of solid rain which loosened a piece of sandstone."

The kirk is the former principal parish church in Edinburgh and more recently became the site of the city's World Heritage Exhibition and John Kay's book and gift shop.

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It was built in the 17th century and closed as a church in 1952 before laying empty for 50 years and reopening as a tourist infornation centre in the mid 2000s.

Police Scotland was approached for comment.