Hibs fan was high on cocaine when he set off a flare near Easter Road

A thug Hibs fan who set off a flare while high on cocaine near to the club’s Easter Road stadium has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 4:45 pm

Dylan Crosbie was spotted carrying the dangerous pyrotechnic while he was on his way to watch an Edinburgh derby in April 2019.

Crosbie, 24, was seen “shouting and singing” and waving the device above his head as it poured out green smoke on Easter Road.

Police swooped on the lout as he passed the Four In Hand pub and he was forced to place the flare on the ground.

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A flare for trouble: Dylan Crosbie

During a search it was found Crosbie was carrying a second flare, a ticket for the derby match and a bag of cocaine worth around £20.

Following his arrest Crosbie, of Leith, was then banned by Hibs bosses from attending home matches for three months.

The dad-of-one pleaded guilty to culpably and recklessly setting off a pyrotechnic in close proximity to members of the public when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month.

He returned to the dock where Sheriff Adrian Fraser QC told him the football club’s ban was “a sufficient penalty” and he would not be imposing a football banning order.

The sheriff told Crosbie he would have to carry out 112 hours of unpaid work in the community as a punishment.

Previously the court heard hotel worker Crosbie was seen with the lit flare near the stadium as Hibs prepared to face Hearts at around 11.40am on April 28, 2019.

Fans in the area were said to have been “alarmed” by his conduct and he was said to have been “heavily under the influence of alcohol” and had “consumed cocaine” at the time of the incident.

The Scottish Premiership match later ended in a 1-1 draw.

Solicitor Victoria Good, defending, said her client was now in “a stable relationship” and the offence had been committed out of his “immaturity” at the time.

Crosbie admitted to culpably and recklessly setting off a pyrotechnic in close proximity to members of the public in Easter Road on April 28, 2019.

He also admitted a second charge of possessing a quantity of cocaine during the same incident.

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