Niddrie in lockdown amid ‘fireworks-related youth unrest’

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Have you been caught up in the chaos?

Author: Lewis MichiePosted 3 hours ago
Last updated 2 hours ago

UPDATE: Police say Niddrie officers have successfully responded to previously reported incidents of unrest.

Residents of the Niddrie area of ​​Edinburgh are advised to stay at home this evening.

It’s amid “numerous reports of juvenile fireworks disturbances” according to police.

It follows similar scenes in Dundee earlier this week.

Some caught up in the carnage told Forth News it was “absolutely terrifying”.

Various social media posts call the area “like a war zone”, with motorists saying their cars were targeted by fireworks as they drove by.

The video even appears to show groups targeting a stationary ambulance.

A resident tells us they were driving down Niddrie Mains Road when a group of more than 30 youths all dressed in black, some wearing balaclavas, threw fireworks at passing vehicles.

Later, wheelie bins were placed in the middle of the road, forcing cars to stop and then being pelted with projectiles.

Edinburgh City Council leader Cammy Day called the scenes “absolutely shameful and disgusting”.

He told Forth News:

“Police have received a vigorous response and there will be an additional number of officers in the area over the next few days.

“I’m sure the people responsible for this will be brought to justice.

“I urge the community to help us ensure that those responsible are brought to justice appropriately.”

A message from Police Scotland said:

“Members of the public are currently advised to avoid the Niddrie area of ​​the city due to ongoing youth unrest linked to Bonfire Night.

“Local officers working under #OpCrackle are being supported by specialist #OpMoonbeam resources following reports of various incidents including anti-social use of fireworks, a store break-in and blockades of roads.

“A police vehicle was also struck by a bottle containing a flammable substance, but no damage was sustained and no injuries were reported.

“A strong police presence will be in place to address ongoing issues and ensure public safety.

“Residents of Niddrie are asked to stay indoors and not interfere with the ongoing emergency services response.”

We’ll know more about this story as we get it.

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