Men face court following Bonfire Night disorder
Police have made a number of arrests in connection with public disorder on Bonfire Night which saw a woman police officer seriously injured in North Edinburgh. Five men will appear in court today with two more to appear at a later date.
Local residents reported large-scale disorder and youth-related antisocial behaviour on Guy Fawkes Night, and a female police officer was seriously injured when she was struck by a firework as police responded to what one eye-witness described as “complete mayhem, a total riot.”
Police subsequently mounted extensive inquiries and last Friday (15th December) enforcement activity was carried out addresses across the Leith, Drylaw and Craigentinny areas. Seven males aged between sixteen and twenty one were subsequently charged, five of whom are expected to appear in court today (Monday 18th December). The other two men will appear at court at a later date.
These arrests are in addition to four males who were charged on Bonfire Night.
Chief Inspector Kevin McLean, Local Area Commander for North East Edinburgh said: “The range of offences that we witnessed during Bonfire Night were totally unacceptable and left the hard-working and law abiding members of our communities in these areas in a state of fear and alarm.
“Furthermore, when officers attended to assist the public, they were directly targeted and this will not be tolerated.
“Our activity on Friday was the culmination of weeks of intelligence gathering, planning and engagement with our relevant local partners. These arrests should send a very clear message that the North of Edinburgh, and the city as a whole is not a safe haven for those who look to cause mindless destruction and disorder.
“We will continue our investigations into the Bonfire Night incidents and if we identify you as being involved in any way, you can expect a visit from us in the near future.”
Councillor Ian Campbell, Vice Convener of Culture and Communities Committee said: “It was extremely disappointing to see the deliberate damage in these areas of the city. Tackling this kind of behaviour and criminal activity is a priority for the Council and we will continue to work closely with Police Scotland on all anti-social behaviour issues across the city to ensure that Edinburgh remains a safe place for its residents.”