30+ Fans Charged After Edinburgh Street Brawl
14 April 2016, 16:48
More than 30 people have been charged in connection with a street brawl after a football match.
The large-scale fight happened in the city centre following the Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle on February 7.
Police said 32 men aged between 18 and 47 have now been charged under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act, through Operation Rebound involving a dedicated team of officers and the National Football Co-ordination Unit.
Some face further charges including possession of an offensive weapon and vandalism.
The fight happened in Hope Street Lane at around 5.15pm.
Police are following positive lines of inquiry to trace a number of other men identified and have warned fans watching Hibs take on Dundee United in the Scottish Cup semi-final this weekend.
Inspector Emma Croft said: "There is no place for football-related violence. Any such offences will be rigorously investigated and those responsible reported accordingly.
"For this particular inquiry we took a common-sense approach by contacting individuals to attend a named police station by appointment and as a result all have now been charged.
"With one of the Edinburgh clubs due to play in this weekend's Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden, I hope fans enjoy the day whether they are travelling to the match or watching locally.
"Police Scotland officers will be present in Edinburgh over the weekend to respond to any incidences of football-related violence to ensure a small minority do not spoil it for others.''