A piper was cuffed by cops in front of shocked tourists after playing too loudly.
Busker John McDonald was arrested on the Royal Mile during a police crackdown on noisy street performers.
Officers had given him a ‘yellow card’ warning over the sound levels then hauled him away when he refused to hand over his details.
Cops claim they are reacting to complaints from fed-up neighbours in Edinburgh — but admitted none had been made on the day they nicked John.
Fellow piper Thomas Wilson, 28, who saw the musician get lifted on Sunday, said: “None of us want hassle from the police. To get arrested for playing the pipes is disgraceful.