Police chief says East Lothian involvement in Edinburgh fireworks violence

Thursday November 16th 2023


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Edinburgh’s fireworks night of violence has been linked to individuals in East Lothian as part of a police investigation.

East Lothian’s Chief Inspector Ben Leathes today revealed that he understood people from the county had a ‘direct link’ to the shameful incident when youths pelted emergency service workers with fireworks and petrol bombs.

Speaking at a meeting of the county’s Police and Fire Board, Chief Inspector Leathes said that while there had been no incidents involving attacks on firefighters reported in East Lothian over bonfire weekend there had been trouble outside the county lines.

He told the board: “I believe individuals from East Lothian were directly involved in the incidents in Edinburgh.”

A group of up to 50 youths took to the streets in the Niddrie area of Edinburgh on fireworks night throwing fireworks and petrol bombs at riot police as officers faced what Police Scotland described as “unprecedented levels of violence”.

Police have been investigating claims adults were involved in arming youngsters with the explosives in a co-ordinated attack.

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