27 charged over Bonfire Night petrol bombs and fireworks disorder

It brings an end to an extensive investigation launched after police were attacked by petrol bombs and fireworks on bonfire night.

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The total number of people charged over Bonfire Night violence has risen to 27 as a month-long police investigation comes to an end.

There were a total of 21 injuries after petrol bombs and fireworks were thrown at officers in Glasgow and Edinburgh on November 5.

On Friday, Police Scotland confirmed the number of people charged in relation to the disorder is 27 in relation to a total of 53 offences.

The ages of those charged range between 12 and 34 years of age, with the majority in their mid to late teens.

A total of 31 charges, against 15 individuals, relates specifically to the disorder seen in the Niddrie area.

Two men, aged 29 and 27, have been charged in connection with inciting violence, after allegedly filming while “encouraging youths to be violent towards police”.

A 31-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were also charged in connection with supplying fireworks to youths.

The charges are a result of an extensive investigation which has been ongoing since bonfire night.

Chief inspector Kieran Dougal said: “The events of Bonfire Night, especially in the east of the city, were wholly unacceptable. The scenes experienced are not reflective of the Niddrie community as a whole and were acts carried out by a minority.

“I would like to thank the local communities who have assisted with and supported our enquiries, and thank colleagues and partners who have worked within the investigation team.

“We have had specialist detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department who worked closely with community officers to identify and trace those involved in the disorder.

“Enforcement is just one area of our work and many months were spent before November engaging with communities and partners in our efforts to keep people safe.

“These charges show that we will not tolerate criminality and ensure those who are involved in violence and disorder are identified and reported to the relevant authorities.”

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