Police station window damaged as youths run amok in Portobello

Police Scotland has charged an 18-year-old man following reports of anti-social behaviour in Portobello on Friday night.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 12:30 pm

Readers told the Evening News that ‘drunk’ youths were seen ‘taking over the beach’ and ‘causing trouble’ in the area, shortly after 6.30pm.

Pictures from the scene show police activity on the High Street and the force has since confirmed a charge has been made.

Chief Inspector Murray Tait, Local Area Commander, said: "During the early evening of Friday, April 23, we received numerous reports of anti-social behaviour involving a number of youths in and around the Portobello area.

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"During this time a window was damaged at Portobello Police Station.

"Increased high visibility patrols were in place and officers continued to patrol the area and disperse the youths.

“An 18-year-old man has been charged with a number of disorder related offences. We have made it absolutely clear that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated, and will be robustly dealt with.”

Increased patrols are expected to be in place over the weekend as officers continue to work with City of Edinburgh Council and businesses in “addressing these issues”.

The scene on Friday evening. Picture: Contributed
The scene on Friday evening. Picture: Contributed
Officers have charged an 18-year-old. Picture: Contributed
Portobello High Street. Picture: Contributed
Readers complained to the Evening News. Picture: Contributed