Teen charged after he and police fall through shop window

Police at the scene of the incident in Morningside.
Police at the scene of the incident in Morningside.
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A 15-YEAR-OLD has been charged after a disturbance in Morningside which culminated in a teenager and two police officers falling through a hairdressing salon window.

Police were called to Morningside Road following reports that a gang of teenagers had started a fire in the area.

The window of MacGregor Hairdressers is now boarded up. Picture: Scott Louden

The window of MacGregor Hairdressers is now boarded up. Picture: Scott Louden

The teen and two officers were taken to hospital after falling through the window. One officer remains at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with a “serious injury” to his arm while the others have been discharged.

Morningside Road was closed for more than an hour on Saturday night. Police said a 15-year-old boy had been charged with breach of the peace and obstructing an officer.

One family friend said that the officer – a new dad – was facing corrective surgery on his arm.

Witnesses told how a gang of around eight teenagers – some smartly dressed and others in tracksuits – had been running in front of cars on the busy road before starting a fire in a bin on nearby Balcarres Street.

My girlfriend saw the policeman being lifted out of the window – he was screaming.

Witness

After arriving on the scene, one “large officer” tried to restrain a boy in a navy tracksuit, but the youngster fought back and the pair smashed into the nearby shop window.

A resident who saw the aftermath said: “My girlfriend saw the policeman being lifted out of the window – he was screaming.” Another described officers shouting at the youths as ambulances and a further four police cars arrived on the scene.

Yesterday, the window of MacGregor Hairdressers was boarded up.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “Police in Edinburgh have charged a 15-year-old male following a breach of the peace on Morningside Road at around 8.40pm on Saturday, January 9.

“He has also been charged with obstructing an officer, and a report will be submitted. As officers attempted to apprehend a youth at the scene, the window of a local shop was smashed. The youth sustained a neck injury and an officer sustained a leg injury. Both have since been discharged from the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary following treatment.

“A second officer was also taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with a serious but non-life threatening arm injury. He continues to receive treatment. The road was closed while inquiries were carried out at the scene, and reopened shortly after 10.15pm.

“Officers continue to investigate a fire at Balcarres Street reported around this time, and anyone with information which can assist with the inquiry is asked to contact police.”