Officers injured after being pelted with fireworks and petrol bombs during Bonfire night chaos in Niddrie

Officers injured after being pelted with fireworks and petrol bombs during Bonfire night chaos in Niddrie

Police officers have been injured in Edinburgh during unprecedented levels of violence while protecting communities from Bonfire Night disorder.

In Niddrie, officers were pelted with fireworks and petrol bombs by a large group of both adults and young people gathering in Hay Avenue.

Officers closed off Niddrie Mains Road during the incident.

Detectives investigating the attacks on officers are actively pursuing a number of individuals, who they believe were providing local youths with fireworks and petrol bombs to target police. Inquiries into this matter are continuing.

While only a small number of arrests were made on the evening, as a result of the significant challenges officers faced to ensure no harm came to communities, substantial pieces of evidence have already been gathered and dedicated inquiry teams have been established to progress these investigations.

It is anticipated further arrests will take place in the coming days.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Mairs, Gold Commander for Operation Moonbeam said: “The overwhelming majority of Scotland enjoyed Bonfire Night safely and responsibly, but once again, a minority of individuals have been responsible for an unacceptable and frankly, disgusting level of disorder that left communities alarmed and police officers injured.

“We took learning from last year’s operation and enhanced the level of Public Order resources available to local policing divisions to ensure we could get these assets into locations they were needed quicker, providing a more robust response to criminal incidents.

“The violent nature of the situation witnessed in Niddrie is extremely concerning, not least because it is believed young people were being actively encouraged and co-ordinated by adults to target officers while they carried out their duties.

“Police Scotland officers were subjected to unprecedented levels of violence, and yet they continued to demonstrate professionalism and dedication to keeping communities safe. I am both proud of, and grateful to, all of those who were on duty and put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public during this very challenging time.”

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