Two people have been arrested during Bonfire Night clashes with police in Niddrie


Two people have been arrested over a Bonfire Night disturbance in the Niddrie area of ​​Edinburgh.

A group of 50 young men threw fireworks and Molotov cocktails at riot police.

Community Safety Minister Siobhan Brown told MSPs that two people had been arrested and more were expected to be arrested in the coming days. Police investigations into the incident are still ongoing.

Minister of Justice She said she was “open to discussion” about banning fireworks.

She said ministers lacked the powers to impose the ban, but she was “open” to the idea.

Eight police officers suffered minor injuries in incidents in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Constance was speaking after Edinburgh City Council leader Cami Day said he would consider bringing in powers designed to create fireworks control zones.

He also said he supports a ban on the sale of fireworks to the general public.

Speaking on BBC Good morning Scotland On the programme, the Justice Secretary praised Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for their efforts, and addressed calls for a total ban on the sale of fireworks to individuals.

“I’m open about this. I’m open to discussion. It’s not our place to impose a total ban, but I’m open to discussion,” Constance said.

The Scottish Government passed a new law last year that severely restricts the sale of fireworks and makes it a crime for young people to buy them.

Angela Constance MSP

Angela Constance said she was “open” to the idea of ​​a ban

But Dame Constance disputed claims by both the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and Scotland’s former Children’s Commissioner that cuts to education, outreach and preventative services contributed to violence against emergency services.

She told the programme: “This government continues to invest in preventative services, whether that is through the Cash Back Program which supports over 33,000 young people, whether that is in violence reduction, where there is a £2 million investment.”

“There is an emergency response to serious disorderly incidents and it is important to enforce the law.”

Speaking on Monday, Day called for action to prevent a recurrence of violence.

“The public sale of fireworks needs to be reconsidered. Because if we don’t do something so radical, I hate to think what will happen next time,” he said.

The council leader requested a briefing on Sunday’s events, which saw 50 youths throw fireworks and petrol bombs at riot police in the High Avenue area of ​​Nydri.

Cleaning in Nydri

Council workers spent Monday cleaning up after clashes in Nydri

Elsewhere, two police vehicles were damaged after colliding with bricks in the Bully Square area of ​​Dundee, and a street fight involving around 20 young people took place in Barmuloch in Glasgow.

Four people, including a police officer, were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Police Scotland said officers faced “unprecedented levels of violence”.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Myers said the actions of adults caught on camera directing children to commit crimes amounted to “child abuse”.

First Minister Humza Yousaf condemned “thuggish and reckless behaviour” in parts of Scotland, especially in Niddry.

He said those involved in the unrest should “feel the full force of the law.”

Police Scotland appealed for anyone with information about Sunday’s events to contact them Contact them.

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