19 arrested after cup final brawl at Grassmarket

Police have arrested 19 men. Picture: Julie Bull

Police have arrested 19 men. Picture: Julie Bull

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POLICE have arrest 19 men following a mass brawl at Grassmarket ahead of the Rangers v Raith Rovers Ramsdens Cup Final.

A “significant” police operation was launched to trace men involved in the fracas which took place on Sunday, April 6, involving several divisions within the Force.

Following investigations, men from Glasgow, Renfrew, Edinburgh and Grangemouth, Kirkcaldy and Dumfries were detained and all have now been charged with a breach of the peace.

They will appear in court at a later date.

Police continue to follow a positive line of enquiry in relation others connected with this disturbance.

Chief Inspector Alun Williams said: “The Ramsdens Cup Final was a great day out for both sets of fans and the behaviour of the vast majority in attendance was exemplary.

“However, a small minority became involved in disorder within the Grassmarket, causing fear and alarm to other members of the public.

“These actions were totally unacceptable and as a result of joint enforcement activity undertaken by officers from across Police Scotland, several arrests have now been made, with more likely in the coming days.

“We will seek Football Banning Orders in each case, and wish to send a clear message that disorder of any form will not be tolerated and anyone found to be responsible for offences of this nature will be robustly dealt with”

The Ramsdens Cup final was held at Easter Road.