Edinburgh police charge 11 men and 3 boys over Meadows violence and disorder during Easter weekend

Police have charged 11 men and three boys over violence and disorder seen in the Meadows over Easter weekend.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 2:31 pm

The men - aged between 16 and 22 - and boys - aged between 11 and 15 - were identified in relation to the incidents on Saturday, April 3.

Sergeant Bob Richardson, of West End Police Station, said: “On Saturday, 3 April, officers dealt with a number of incidents at the Meadows over the course of the day. Hundreds of people were enjoying their day at the location which was ruined by a small minority intent on causing trouble.

“Officers carried out an extensive and thorough investigation which included viewing video recordings captured on the day and CCTV footage from the local area and we’ve identified a number of the individuals involved.

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Police patrolling the Meadows in April. Pic: Michael Gillen

“I’d like to thank the public for their assistance with this matter and reassure those who visit or live near to the Meadows that this type of reckless behaviour will not be tolerated.

“Anyone with any information in relation to these incidents is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 1635 of 3 April, 2021. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The violent scenes over Easter weekend included cases of assault and widespread breaking of Covid restrictions. In one case, a police officer was taken to hospital with facial injuries after responding to reports of mass gatherings and fighting at the beauty spot.

Following the ugly scenes, a crisis meeting was held virtually involving local politicians, councillors, police and local residents. Other issues discussed included the need for increased toilet provision and more of a police presence.

A second meeting was held on April 16 in which Edinburgh South Labour MP, Ian Murray, praised police for stopping drunk youths entering the Meadows during the first weekend after the violence. Mr Murray also called on a zero tolerance approach on people using areas like Meadows Lane as a toilet.

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