The Meadows: Teenager charged after man seriously injured in attack

A teenage boy has been charged following an attack on a man at one of Edinburgh’s beauty spots.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 7:44 pm

A 22-year-old man was found seriously injured in Middle Meadow Walk at about 7.30pm on Saturday following a spate of violent incidents at the Meadows.

Officers have since arrested and charged a 16-year-old male youth in connection with the attack.

The teenager appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday, 8 April.

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A teenage boy has been charged following an assault near the Meadows on Saturday.
A teenage boy has been charged following an assault near the Meadows on Saturday.

Chief Inspector Sam Ainslie, Area Commander said: “This is the fourth arrest and charge in connection with incidents within the Meadows area last weekend.

“I would like thank the public for their ongoing support and I hope that the swift identifications and arrests provides reassurance that these behaviours will not be tolerated.”

An Edinburgh police officer also had to be taken to hospital with facial injuries after responding to reports of mass gatherings and fighting at the Meadows on Saturday night.

A video, shared widely on social media, was taken by Scottish rapper on his Instagram @jaad_rapper, and shows the dramatic scenes that include police breaking up the fights by wrestling people to the ground.

At one point, a man is smashed over the head with a glass bottle by someone he had been fighting with.

A ‘Meadows summit’ is set to be held on Friday this week, as concerned community leaders look to find a solution to the ‘appalling behaviour’ - including violence, littering and public urination - seen at the weekend.

Daniel Johnson, the Labour candidate for the Edinburgh Southern seat in May’s Scottish parliament election, and Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray, are hosting an online meeting on Friday April 6.

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