Portobello fires: Police arrest teenager

Police have arrested a teenager. Picture: Julie Bull
Police have arrested a teenager. Picture: Julie Bull
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POLICE have arrested a teenager in connection with a string of fireraising attacks across Portobello.

The arrest follows a massive police presence on the streets of the seaside neighbourhood after six stairwell blazes were ignited in less than 24 hours.

The attacks, which all occurred within a half-mile radius on Sunday and Monday, saw the fires started after unlocked main doors were used to gain access and everyday items such as bicycles, buggies and gardening 
supplies were set alight.

Inspector Roddy Hardy, of Police Scotland, said: “Miraculously no residents in any of the addresses affected suffered any injury. The consequences could have been more serious if the fires prevented people from escaping, or if they had spread.”

A police spokesman added: “A 17-year-old male has been charged in connection with a number of stairwell fires in Portobello.”

He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court tomorrow.