Police arrest eight in connection with Scottish Bonfire Night riots

Police Scotland officers standing in a line in the Niddrie area of Edinburgh where around 100 young people clashed with riot police, with fireworks being thrown directly at officers. Police were called to Hay Avenue at 4.40pm, and buses were cancelled with road closures implemented. Picture date: Sunday November 5, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SCOTLAND Niddrie. Photo credit should read: Handout/PA Wire

Police in Scotland have made a number of arrests in connection with series of riots in Edinburgh on Bonfire Night (Picture: PA)

Police have arrested a further eight teenagers in connection with Bonfire night riots in Edinburgh – including two boys suspected of making petrol bombs.

Riot police were targeted by about 100 youths throwing pyrotechnics in Niddrie, Edinburgh, on November 5.

Some officers suffered minor injuries but Police Scotland said it was concerned about the psychological impact of the ‘unacceptable’ violence, and pledged to hold those responsible to account.

Two boys aged 15 were arrested and charged with preparing petrol bombs and throwing fireworks at police.

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Police in Scotland have made a number of arrests in connection with series of riots in Edinburgh on Bonfire Night (Picture: PA)

Six other boys, aged between 14 and 16, were charged in connection with possession of fireworks and associated disorder in the areas of Southhouse and Gracemount.

A total of 17 suspects have now been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder in Edinburgh, and also in Glasgow, on November 5.

The youngest suspect was aged 13, and the oldest was a man aged 31.

Footage shared on social media showed several youngsters charging towards police before being forced to run back.

Loud bangs and screams could be heard in the background, while fireworks could be seen travelling in all kinds of directions.

Those responsible were branded ‘thugs’ as they launched fireworks, petrol bombs and other projectiles at buildings, vehicles, and officers.

Eight police officers were injured in the clashes.

17 arrests have been made so far, most of whom are teenagers (Picture: PA)

Following the attack, Scottish First Minister Yousaf Humza condemned the attackers and said:

‘Disgraceful scenes of fireworks misuse across some areas of Scotland last night, particularly in Niddrie.

‘I pay tribute to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland officers who should not be targeted and attacked for doing their job.

‘Those responsible should feel the full force of the law.’

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: ‘Work remains ongoing to establish the identities of others involved and a number of others have been identified.

‘Officers continue to appeal to the public to provide any information that can help with ongoing inquiries.’

Chief Inspector Kieran Dougal said: ‘The disorder seen in the capital on bonfire night was completely unacceptable and these charges show our continued commitment to identifying and tracing those involved in the incidents.

‘Our investigation continues and I would urge the public to continue to help us with that by reporting any information to 101, or send it to the portal link. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.’

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