Dozens of Edinburgh teenagers have been dispersed from a busy park in the capital due to concerns about anti-social behavior following a series of incidents in recent weeks.
About 40 ‘insane’ young people have been warned in the city’s Sighthill area after local residents shared concerns about ‘fires’ which broke out in the popular green space during the evening.
Police Scotland deployed officers to the park near the Powerleague five-a-side football grounds on Friday evening.
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Neighbors had previously raised issues with the force over fears the nighttime unrest was spiraling out of control following reports that rowdy youths had set fire to a vacant lot nearby.
Officers later confirmed that 40 yobs had been ordered out of the area on Friday evening.
It comes after locals reported ‘extensive damage’ to forests and local rugby pitches, prompting the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to dispatch devices earlier this month.
A pile of rubbish was set on fire as emergency crews responded quickly to prevent the smoldering pyre from spiraling out of control.
Firefighters put out the blaze but had to be shielded by police from a large presence of youths after responders were pelted with rocks and other projectiles in an incident last month.
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A tweet from Police Scotland read: “We had officers patrolling Sighthill Park on Friday due to the recent fires there.
“They disrupted a group of around 40 young people who were engaging in anti-social behavior between the BP garage and the Powerleague.”