POLICE are having to go without hot meals after a mouse infestation hit their canteen.
Warm dishes are off the menu at Lothian and Borders Police headquarters in Fettes, Edinburgh, until the rodents are dealt with.
Pest controllers have been called in to clear the mice from the canteen, which was refurbished in 2009 at a cost of Â£95,000.
The building houses around 350 officers and civilian staff, who have had to make do with packaged sandwiches for about a week.
One user said: â€œItâ€™s funny but not really embarrassing for us as itâ€™s privately run. They put a message round saying it would be closed off for an unknown length of time.
â€œApparently, there was initially a problem with the gas.
â€œIt had been closed off since the start of the week and will stay closed until they get the mice under control.
â€œThe canteen is used by all staff at headquarters and visitors. Itâ€™s quite a big place and well used.â€
Catering provider Sodexo, who are contracted by the force to run the canteen, confirmed the mouse hunt was under way.
A spokeswoman said: â€œAs a precautionary measure, food is not being served in the canteen.
â€œOnly packaged food such as sandwiches is available.â€
No hot meals at police HQ in Edinburgh after canteen is hit by mouse infestation