NINE men have been arrested following an investigation into a wave of shooting incidents in south Edinburgh last year.
They face a raft of charges relating to a late-night attack in Fernieside Avenue, Moredun, on September 9, when the living room window of a family home was sprayed with bullets.
The men, aged between 18 and 36, have been reported to the procurator fiscal for a number of offences – including culpable and reckless discharge of a firearm, directing and being involved in organised crime, attempting to defeat the ends of justice, dangerous driving and driving without a valid licence.
Detectives are still investigating a further two firearms incidents which took place in the Gilmerton area on September 20.
Shots were fired at a Range Rover in The Murrays Brae and a property in Gilmerton Dykes Drive, while two non-viable bombs – one of which was wrapped in a Liverpool FC scarf – were also put outside the house in the Murrays and another home in Walter Scott Avenue. No-one was injured.
Police believe the incidents could be linked to the first shooting.
Detective Chief Inspector Kenny Gray said: “We have now reported nine people to the procurator fiscal for the firearms incident in Fernieside Avenue in September. However, our investigations are still continuing and I would appeal for anyone who saw a motorbike with two people on it, in the Murrays around 9.30pm on Saturday, September 20.
“I’d like to thank those in the community for their patience and assistance and I want to assure them we are determined to stamp out organised crime in the city.”
The latest twist in the investigation comes after the Organised Crime Unit launched a series of raids and bolstered high-visibility patrols.
Officers – who have been liaising with forces across the UK – recovered hundreds of pounds in cash and drugs, stolen property worth up to £15,000, and ammunition.
Although the incidents were contained in the Gilmerton and Inch areas, properties elsewhere in the city – including Blackford, Canongate and Broomhouse – were targeted.
A gun was also recovered from a house in Juniper Green at the end of October.
As well as the nine men arrested this week, at least four others have been detained in connection with gang-related activities following the shootings.
Chief Inspector Richard Horan said: “Organised crime will not be tolerated by Police Scotland, and we will vigorously pursue all those who seek to threaten public safety. I’d like to thank the community of south Edinburgh and anyone who would like to report information to us, should not hesitate in coming forward.”
Anyone with information about the shootings or suspected organised crime can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.