Police patrols continue in Edinburgh beauty spot after 'selfish' and 'reckless' anti social behaviour

Police in the Capital are continuing their patrols in the Meadows after a spate of anti social behaviour.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 8:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 8:12 pm

The Meadows in Edinburgh saw mass gatherings last week as the weather improved, and again for a ‘rave’ on St Patrick’s Day.

An assault against three girls over the weekend saw four teenagers aged between 13 and 17 years old arrested.

Chief Inspector Sam Ainslie, Local Area Commander for the South East of Edinburgh, said: "As the Local Area Commander, I am saddened by the number of antisocial behaviour incidents reported to police within the last week, with concerns tending to be focused around the Meadows.

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Police patrols continue in Edinburgh beauty spot after 'selfish' and 'reckless' anti social behaviour
Police patrols continue in Edinburgh beauty spot after 'selfish' and 'reckless' anti social behaviour

"Given the challenges of the last few months, local communities should be able to enjoy our open green spaces, in accordance with the current guidelines.

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"Disappointingly, the selfish and sometimes reckless behaviour of a small minority continues to have a negative impact on others. This includes, but is not limited to, drink-related disorder.

"Community safety remains an established priority and we will continue to work with our partners, including the City of Edinburgh Council, retail premises and transport providers, to combat antisocial behaviour in all its forms.

"Local officers will continue to remain visible in the area, whether that be on mobile, foot, or indeed cycle patrol.

"I would encourage the public, if you observe or witness criminality in the area, to help us hold offenders to account by contacting Police Scotland on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

"I'd like to thank the vast majority of people for following the regulations, whilst they remain in place.”

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