Police charge more than 40 at Edinburgh Festival

Police on patrol during the Edinburgh Festival as part of Operation Assure

Police on patrol during the Edinburgh Festival as part of Operation Assure

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MORE than 40 people at the Edinburgh Festival were charged by police for crimes including robbery, shoplifting and assault.

Operation Assure, aimed at improving public safety during the festival, saw high-visibility police patrols undertaken across the city.

Police conducted over 350 stop and searches, with over 100 resulting in the recovery of drugs, weapons and stolen property.

The patrols in the city’s busiest areas also led to over 50 people being issued with Fixed Penalty Notices for various antisocial behaviour offences.

To reach as many of the Capital’s communities as possible, officers also carried out online engagement via Twitter using the hashtag #FestivalPolicing.

As a result around 50 tweets were issued from the @EdinburghPolice account over August to provide the public with helpful information and guidance on keeping themselves and their belongings safe while out and about in the city.

These tweets also helped visitors and locals stay informed about major events ongoing in Edinburgh, such as the Scottish Defence League and Unite Against Fascism demonstrations at the Scottish Parliament and the end of Festival fireworks display in Princess Street Gardens

Chief Superintendent Mark Williams, Divisional Commander for the City of Edinburgh said:

“As a result of this engagement, we were able to respond to and investigate a number of reported offences, many of which have resulted in arrests, Fiscal reports or the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice.

“I would like to thank the public for their co-operation and support for Operation Assure throughout this month and I look forward to another successful Festival next year.”