On a visit to Leith, Tommy Burns was greeted by the sight of the Chief Constable clutching an official order banning him from diving. The Edinburgh Evening News on 26th March 1897 reported:
In consequence of a bill which was displayed in a window on the Shore a large crowd gathered near Bernard Street Bridge, Leith, yesterday evening to witness Tommy Burns diving from the top of a tenement into the harbour.
At the last moment, however, it was found that owing to the presence of several punts and barges a dive there was impossible. Tommy, however, resolved to dive from a different place, but before he could make preparations was prevented by the police, who feared, owing to the size of the crowd, that some casualty might happen.
Burns ultimately left a hotel on the Shore with two detective officers, and was quickly followed by Chief-Constable Main, who appeared on the scene. He was shown a magistrate’s order prohibiting the dive, and ultimately left, followed by a large crowd. At the foot of Leith Walk, he took a cab and drove to Edinburgh.
Unwittingly, the Leith police may have done Tommy a big favour as Scotland’s first public sewer flowed into the Water of Leith at Bernard Street Bridge