UNRULY teenagers who have wreaked havoc by throwing eggs at houses and cars have been banned from buying them in local shops.
Fed-up householders in Portobello are getting increasingly frustrated by the disruptive behaviour.
Gangs of teenagers have been cycling around the streets of the seaside community, launching eggs at windows, doors and cars.
Supermarket staff have now started to refuse the sale of eggs to under-16s if they are suspected of buying them for a “criminal act”.
Residents fear the “new trend”, which has seen spates of egg-throwing in areas including Brunstane Bank, Brighton Crescent, Southfield Place and Park Avenue, will continue throughout the summer months.
Police said seven youths had been charged with a “number of offences”.
A spokesman for Scotmid Co-operative, which runs a store in Portobello’s Bath Street, said: “We were made aware of incidents of egg-throwing involving youths by local community groups and Police Scotland.
“Staff have been asked to be vigilant when serving young customers – if they suspect that eggs, or any other product, will be used in a criminal act, they are advised to refuse service. We have taken this decision as part of our commitment to the Portobello Community Council.”
Sainsbury’s supermarket in Portobello Road said it was also asking staff to remain vigilant.
Its manager said: “Following the advice we’ve had from the community council, we are using our discretion when selling eggs to customers.”
Homeowner Joanna Hardy said she was initially worried that she had been specifically targeted before she was told it was a wider problem. And Morag Phillips, whose house was targeted earlier this month, then spotted a group of older teenagers looking around before throwing eggs at a house in Rosefield Avenue Lane.
Portobello community councillor Sean Watters said the incidents had been a topic of conversation at the group’s meeting earlier this week. He said: “There have been a few incidents. The police sergeant told us he saw it on Facebook, but nothing had been reported to police.
“He said that even if it’s a trivial thing, it’s still good for them to know what’s going on.
“I don’t know if it’s always the same kids or not.
“There was quite a few people in different locations across Portobello [who had been targeted].”
Sergeant John Young, of the Community Policing Team, said: “We are aware of local residents’ concerns from social media feeds and would like to reassure people that our community officers will respond by patrolling the affected areas on foot and bikes.”