A locksmith in Edinburgh locked himself out of his shop the other day and the irony wasn’t lost on passerby, especially those with cameras.

EdinburghLive shared the unfortunate story caught on camera and shared throughout social media.

In a dramatic turn, a Timpson store on Nicolson Street – who offer locksmith services – had themselves become locked out and were need of their own kind of assistance.

The lunchtime drama caught the attention of quick-witted passersby in the Southside, who were more than happy to snap photos of a locksmith having to force their way into the shop.Taking to social media Stevie Cumming, said: “You couldn’t make this up… Timpsons on Nicolson Street locked themselves out the shop.”

Stevie told Edinburgh Live he’s not sure how staff became locked out in the first place but said there was “lots of laughing”.