Six charged in football-related disorder crackdown

Officers working on Operation Wolf prepare to enter a house. Picture: Esme Allen
Officers working on Operation Wolf prepare to enter a house. Picture: Esme Allen
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SIX men have been charged in a police crackdown on football-related disorder.

Operation Wolf was launched in Edinburgh today after a disturbance at a city pub on Sunday evening.

Two men were injured at the International Bar in Brougham Place north of the Meadows. Hearts had earlier beat rivals Hibernian 2-1 at Easter Road.

Five people were charged with football-related disorder after officers visited homes in Craigmillar, Leith, South Queensferry, Telford, Dalry and Braids.

Two men aged 22 and a 19, 24 and 30-year-old will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court tomorrow.

Another man aged 22 attended St Leonard’s police station and will also appear in court, Police Scotland said.

Superintendent Matt Richards said: “Operation Wolf has been launched following engagement with our various communities, who have highlighted a number of local issues that require a police response.

“Crimes such as violence, anti-social behaviour, drugs and hate crime can have a significant impact on public confidence and through this initiative we are demonstrating our commitment to tackling these offences and bringing those responsible to justice.

“The disorder that took place outside the International Bar was not only distressing for the local residents in the area, but it left two men injured and violent offences like this will not be tolerated in Edinburgh.

“Operation Wolf enforcement will continue throughout this month to target those involved in all sorts of criminal activities and I would urge the public to continue to engage with us to report crime and identify the issues affecting their area.

“Where crimes like those at the International Bar are committed, the full resources of Op Wolf will be used to hunt offenders down.”