Firefighters and police attacked with fireworks in Bonfire Night

Police are investigating after a number of attacks on officers and firefighters, with fireworks thrown at emergency services personel on Bonfire Night.

Police and firefighters came under attack across Scotland
Police and firefighters came under attack across Scotland

The attacks took place in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and across Scotland, with one officer having to wash glass out of his eye when his windscreen was smashed.

On other occasions, groups caused damage to cars and properties.

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In Edinburgh police received reports of anti-social behaviour in Pennywell Place.

Officers attended and a 16-year-old male youth was arrested and is subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal.

In Hay Avenue, officers had to deal with a large group of youths throwing fireworks and bricks at them. A police vehicle was also damaged.

Officers also attended Arthur’s Seat where groups of youths had gathered with fireworks and a bonfire was alight.

In Glasgow, officers came under attack in Dale Street with youths throwing fireworks at them.

In Glenisla Street, a police officer was struck on the head with a firework. He was treated at the scene and continued his shift.

In Kendoon Avenue, police received a report of a vehicle on fire.

Officers attended and the police car’s windscreen was smashed, resulting in an officer washing glass from his eye. He continued on duty and one man was arrested.

In Auchmead Road, Greenock, an unauthorised bonfire event resulted in firefighters and officers being attacked as youths threw fireworks and bottles.

Public order officers were deployed to deal with the incident.

A 15-year old male youth was arrested and charged. He is subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Mairs said: “It is disgraceful and deplorable when officers and staff are subjected to violence during the course of their duties.

"A minority of people’s behaviour has once again put lives at risk.

"It also places intense pressure on the emergency services and impacts severely on local communities.

“The evening saw a number of serious incidents arising throughout Scotland that required Operation Moonbeam resources to support local policing colleagues.

“The majority of these incidents involved young people.

“Such actions are dangerous and cause harm to the public and emergency service workers.

“We will not tolerate such acts and you may not have been arrested last night but rest assured, officers are carrying out follow-up investigations to identify those responsible.”