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Operation Crackle

Police Scotland is appealing for information in relation to disorder that occurred around 5pm in the Niddrie area of Edinburgh

Details of Incident

Police Scotland said they were “subjected to unprecedented levels of violence” by a minority of people on Bonfire Night in Edinburgh.

Four police officers sustained minor injuries after a number of incidents with petrol bombs, fireworks and projectiles that required a response from specialist police.

Around 100 youths gathered on Hay Avenue in Niddrie, Edinburgh, just before 5pm on Sunday in a repeat of disorder seen last year in the neighbourhood.

Police say around 50 of them were responsible for directing fireworks, petrol bombs and other projectiles at buildings, vehicles and police.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Mairs said while the majority of Scotland enjoyed Bonfire Night, “Police Scotland officers were subjected to unprecedented levels of violence.

“A minority of individuals have been responsible for an unacceptable and frankly, disgusting level of disorder that left communities alarmed and police officers injured.
“The violent nature of the situation witnessed in the Niddrie area of Edinburgh is extremely concerning, not least because it is believed young people were being actively encouraged and co-ordinated by adults to target officers while they carried out their duties.”


Police Scotland are appealing for any information including photographs, CCTV or dashcam footage that may support our investigation into this incident.

Contact Information

Anyone who has any information in connection with the incident (including footage) can contact Police on either 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or alternatively by submitting information via the link at the bottom of this page.