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George Clooney visits homeless cafe in Edinburgh

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The Hollywood star visited social enterprise cafe Social Bite

Hollywood movie star George Clooney brought part of Edinburgh to a standstill after visiting social enterprise café Social Bite.

Heart-throb Clooney is in the capital to speak at the Scottish Business Awards tonight but made time to visit the coffee and sandwich shop which supports homeless people.

Crowds of fans, media and onlookers packed out Rose Street from as early as 7am as Clooney visited the venture founded by Josh Littlejohn – who also launched the business awards.

Clooney, who has previously campaigned for human rights across the world and launched the international advocacy and humanitarian charity Not On Our Watch, posed for photographs and spoke with staff inside the shop before going on to visit the People's Postcode Lottery.

Later today he will have lunch with 32-year-old Glaswegian Heather McGowan who won the date in a raffle which raised thousands of pounds for Social Bite.

The social enterprise employs former homeless people, and runs a suspended coffee and meal service for those living on the streets.

It also launched what is thought to be the first ''selfless'' loyalty card last month.

It allows customers to save up loyalty points to buy a meal and a hot drink for homeless people after 10 visits to the cafe.