A pensioner has blasted Police Scotland after uniformed officers accused her of pulling up a neighbour’s plants.

The 65-year-old, who lives in a sheltered housing complex in Edinburgh, said she could not believe police would waste valuable resources during a pandemic for such a minor complaint.

The woman, who the Record is are not naming, says she was traumatised by the police visit and added that she thought they were there to deliver bad news about one of her grown-up children.

She said the officers also threatened to arrest her if any more complaints about garden antics were reported to them.

The incident was sparked after another woman who lives on the small estate phoned police to complain her plants had been pulled up and levelled accusations at her next-door neighbour.

Two uniformed officers were dispatched to deal with the complaint, which happened earlier this month.

The accused woman, who has several health issues, said: “When they asked for me by name, my first thought was something had happened to one of my kids.

“I asked them that but they dismissed it and said they were there to talk to me about a complaint they had received about me.

“I’m a pensioner. I live alone and I live quietly, so I couldn’t see what someone could be complaining about me for. When they said it was because I was being accused of pulling up plants, I burst out laughing.

“I got quite heated and pointed out to them that the path by the houses is public and is used by lots of dog walkers and by people cutting through the estate.

“Why on Earth would I pull up some plants or weeds?

“I was absolutely incredulous that they would waste police resources in this way.”

Police say they were acting on a report of vandalism but the woman added: “We are in the middle of a pandemic and we’re always being told police are very busy.

“You hear of people who have been robbed or houses broken into and not able to see a police officer. And here were two of them at my door over plants.

“I didn’t even touch the plants but they didn’t seem too fussed by that.

“It is incredible and a terrible waste of police resources.

“Whoever sanctioned that should be given a proper dressing down for being so ridiculous.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We received a report of vandalism to garden plants at

Clermiston Crescent in Edinburgh on Thursday, September 10.

“Inquiries were carried out and it was established that there was minimal damage to plants and there was no evidence of a crime.”