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Outlander actor Tam Dean Burn 'attacked' after poetry event

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Outlander actor Tam Dean Burn has been allegedly attacked in broad daylight after he attended a poetry event in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

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The 60-year-old Scottish actor was attacked outside the Scottish Poetry Library, near the Royal Mile, on Saturday afternoon as he was leaving an event at the venue, police said.

The actor, who has appeared in series such as Outlander and Fortitude, has tweeted that he is “ok” and he is believed to be recovering at home.

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident, which happened around 4pm.

Exact details of the alleged assault have not been revealed by police yet, but according to reports Mr Burn was stabbed.

The library said the incident happened following a tribute event for Scottish poet Tom Leonard, who died in December at the age of 74.

Emergency services attended and Mr Burn received some treatment inside the premises.

A number of people, including well-known figures in the arts world, have taken to social media to wish him well.

Author Ian Rankin tweeted: “Wishing @tamdeanburn a speedy and full recovery.”

Irvine Welsh wrote: “Take care bud x.”

Mr Burn thanked people in a tweet and added: “All ok xx.”

Asif Khan, director of the Scottish Poetry Library, has praised the “courage and composure” of staff and volunteers at the venue.

He said: “The incident occurred outside the library after our tribute event for Tom Leonard.

“Tam was treated for his injuries in the library.

“I should like to thank the emergency services for their professionalism and compassion.”

A police spokesman said: “About 4pm on Saturday March 2, officers in Edinburgh responded to a report of a 60-year-old man having been assaulted in Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh.

“A 42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this incident.”

Additional reporting by Press Association

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