Police have issued a warning about buying Edinburgh Fringe tickets from reputable sources after a break-in at a ticket office for the event.

Local police said they are concerned that counterfeit tickets could be reproduced and are warning the public only to buy tickets from “reputable vendors”.

The incident reportedly happened at about 10:50pm on Friday at the Friends of the Fringe Ticket Office in Old Assembly Close on the High Street in Edinburgh.

While nothing of value was taken at the time, staff are working to establish whether any blank tickets were removed.

Police are urging anyone with any information to come forward, the Scotsman reports.

Constable Kirsty Brown from Gayfield Police Station said: “If staff confirm blank tickets were stolen, then there is potential that those responsible will try to create counterfeit tickets and we want the public to ensure they only buy from reputable vendors.

“As part of this investigation we are keen to trace a man who was seen in the area at the time of the break-in. He is described as white, between 40 and 50 years old, with a medium build, bald and wearing all dark clothing.

“Anyone who was in the High Street at the time and saw this individual, or who has any other information relevant to our investigation, should contact police immediately.”

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