Four charged after Pilton racist attack

Picture: Ian Georgeson
Picture: Ian Georgeson
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A GANG brandishing golf clubs has terrorised an Asian family at their home in Drylaw.

Neighbours described the terrifying moment the youths - who hid their faces with scarves - set on two teenagers, subjecting them to racial abuse, pelting them with stones and forcing them to take refuge inside their home and then laid siege to the house.

Police said the 18-year-olds, of Arabian and Pakistani ethnicity, were walking home on Monday evening when a group of youths began to shout racial abuse.

The thugs then threw stones at the pair at the junction of West Pilton Terrace and West Granton Road.

The two men were chased into their home by the gang. who then besieged the property in West Pilton Terrace, smashing the windows.

A woman and children were also sheltering in the house during the incident.

Inspector David Happs of Police Scotland said: “As a result of being struck by rocks, one of the victims suffered an injury to his arm. In addition the property both men share was also damaged.”

Neighbours were shocked by the scenes understood to have involved about a dozen youths, some said to be barely into their teens, armed with a variety of weapons.

One resident who asked not to be named said: “To see the youths all armed with wood and golf clubs really shocked me.

“These youths could see children at the house windows and still smashed the windows in.

“Absolutely disgusting behaviour from these local youths, the parents of these idiots need spoken to about how their kids behave.”

Another said: “A huge group chased those poor boys to their house. There’s a few of them that live in the house, young kids and their mum.

“They were shouting racist things and trying to get them outside. God knows what would have happened if they had.”

Police said the incident was being treated as racially-motivated. And they appealed for information from anyone who was in the West Pilton Terrace area around 9pm on Monday evening and witnessed the disturbance or who saw anything suspicious.

Police Scotland said it was committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms. Last week a 23-year-old Polish man was left with a broken jaw after he was assaulted by a man after he got off a bus in Crewe Road South.

Four male youths have now been arrested and charged in connection with the incident in West Pilton Terrace.

Two 16-year-olds, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old were all scheduled to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

Inspector Happs said: “In addition to these arrests, we are continuing with our investigation to trace others believed to be involved.

“Anyone with information that can assist with these enquiries is asked to come forward immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.