Twelve arrested as emergency services attacked with fireworks, petrol bombs and bricks during Bonfire Night

Twelve people have been arrested following the Bonfire Night unrest which saw emergency services attacked with bricks, Molotov cocktails and fireworks.

Police said the majority of serious incidents occurred in Edinburgh, where members of the public, firefighters and police were targeted by young people.

Three officers needed medical attention after their vehicles were smashed with bricks, one was treated for a head injury which required stitches, another for glass in his eye and a third for a cut lip.

It comes as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said crews were attacked five times on Saturday night as they attended more than 350 bonfires.

Firefighters were attacked by 20 youths with fireworks following a call for an illegal bonfire on Langside Street in Clydebank. A police vehicle suffered minor damage and a man was arrested for assault and culpable and reckless driving.

Meanwhile in Edinburgh, around 100 young people threw fireworks at members of the public and vehicles on Marischal Road before 7 p.m. A fire truck suffered a shattered window during the unrest.

On Ferry Road Drive, police were attacked by a group throwing bricks at their vehicle around 7.35pm while on patrol, which damaged the windscreen.

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In Drylaw, firefighters were the target of fireworks as they tried to put out a wheelie bin fire on Ferry Road Drive. Officers who attended the scene received threats and were also attacked with fireworks by youths armed with scaffolding poles and a baseball bat.

The youths also targeted members of the public and the Drylaw Police Station with fireworks.

In the Niddrie area of ​​the city, an officer suffered a minor cut to the lip after bricks were thrown at a police vehicle which shattered a window.

A Farmfoods store in the area was also targeted, with windows smashed and items strewn across the store floor.

Two officers were hospitalized following an attack in Sighthill when youths threw bricks at a police vehicle, smashing windows. The two officers were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment, with one suffering from a head injury requiring stitches, while the other needed treatment for glass in the eye.

Meanwhile in Duddingston, petrol bombs were thrown at police vehicles by a number of youths, with roads also barricaded.

And in Glasgow, a man was arrested by OVO Hydro security staff after launching a flare outside the site. Following police investigations, two people were arrested in connection with this case.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Mairs, Gold Commander of Operation Moonbeam, said: ‘Our initial analysis of the incidents at Bonfire Night shows that, for the overwhelming majority of the country, people enjoyed the occasion by safely and responsibly.

“However, in some areas, particularly in Edinburgh, various individuals have shown blatant disregard for the safety of the public and the emergency services and have actively targeted police and firefighters in the performance of their duties. functions.

“This behavior is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. I want to make it very clear that a substantial follow-up investigation will be conducted into all of these incidents, using all the resources at our disposal to identify those responsible and bring them to justice. Don’t think just because you eluded the police that night doesn’t mean we won’t be knocking on your door in the near future.

“I would ask anyone with information relating to the breaches seen last night to contact the police via 101 so that we can investigate appropriately.

“What the events of last night show me is the importance of having a strong frontline police service that can be easily supported by national and specialist colleagues when needed. Similarly, working in Partnership with other emergency colleagues and local authorities is equally important to ensure we deploy the right level of resources to the right areas at the right time.

“Everyone on duty during Bonfire Night showed exceptional professionalism and dedication to protecting communities from harm under extremely difficult and difficult circumstances. I am grateful for all their efforts.

In total, police said they received 483 calls about fireworks offenses during Bonfire Night, around 100 fewer than in 2021.

Along with the arrests, another 15 people have been dispersed from dispersal areas and further investigations to identify other suspects will take place over the next few days and weeks, police said.