Police officer among four rushed to hospital after Bonfire Night violence

Four people were taken for treatment at Glasgow Royal Infirmary following scenes of chaos in the Barmulloch area.

Glasgow police officer and three others rushed to hospital after Bonfire Night disorder Getty Images

Four people including a police officer are in hospital following Bonfire Night disorder in Glasgow.

A mass brawl which involved youths hurling fireworks at each other erupted during an outbreak of violence in the Barmulloch area, leaving several people injured.

Dozens of officers responded to the incident in an attempt to calm the situation, however one was hurt during the operation.

All four people were later treated at Glasgow Royal Infirmary after the outbreak at 9.05pm.

It came after scenes of chaos across the country, during which time, a number of emergency personnel were targeted.

In Edinburgh’s Niddrie, around 50 young people clashed with officers in what has been described as “unprecedented levels of violence”.

Meanwhile, firefighters were bombarded with fireworks and bricks in nine attacks during an eight-hour period on Bonfire Night.

In Dundee, two police vehicles were struck by bricks, while in Glasgow two groups of youths were fighting and directing fireworks towards each other.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews were also attacked with fireworks and bricks thrown at them.

Nine attacks were reported during an eight-hour period in which firefighters were deployed to tackle outdoors blazes.

The attacks happened in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Blantyre in South Lanarkshire and Blackburn in West Lothian.

There were no injuries reported to the crews involved however a fire appliance in West Lothian had a windscreen smashed by a brick.

An appeal for information on those involved has now been launched.

Assistant chief constable Tim Mairs said: “Last night we experienced significant disorder, in particular in the Niddrie area of Edinburgh, and in the Quarrywood Avenue area of Glasgow.

“Our priority during the disorder was to protect our communities and our emergency workers, and now we are looking to carry on our police work and use the evidence we gathered to carry out the necessary arrests.

“The level of disorder we faced was unacceptable and looking at the evidence we have already gathered, we don’t believe this incident was spontaneous. Although many of those involved were youths, there were undoubtedly adults involved in orchestrating that behaviour.”

“We took a robust stance and I am proud of the courage, discipline and professionalism that officers showed in the face of the violence last night.”

Mr Mairs added: “A number of our officers sustained minor physical injuries, however we are also aware of the mental impact that dealing with such significant levels of violence/disorder can have and will continue to support all officers affected.  

“Nobody deserves to be injured in this way for doing their job. An emergency worker is also someone’s son, daughter, husband or wife.”

Anyone with any information that can assist officers is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101 or make a call to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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