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The large group of youngsters gathered at around 8pm yesterday and allegedly threw lit fireworks at members of the public and into traffic on the main road as riot police were scrambled. Edinburgh riot police were scrambled last night to reports of more than 50 yobs throwing fireworks and rocks at passersby, buses and taxis in Niddrie.

A witness told how trouble erupted on Niddrie Mains Road last night in front of horrified families.

Shocking video footage shared shows officers with riots shields and helmets holding a line as smoke drifts overhead.

One officer is understood to have been hit on the helmet with a brick but escaped injury.

A source also said a police car was attacked in Drylaw and another wrecked as officers attended a fire in Wester Hailes.

There were no reports of injuries to officers.

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A large group of youngsters gathered on Niddrie Main Road at around 8 pm yesterday and allegedly threw lit fireworks at members of the public and into traffic on the main road.

The young group also reportedly threw rocks at passing cars, which smashed a number of vehicles’ windows including one taxi that was taking a sick woman to Accident and Emergency.

The taxi couldn’t continue and a good Samaritan offered to take the unwell lady to the nearby hospital with photos from the scene showing the floor of a cab showered in shards of glass.

A witness who saw the incident unfolding said: “A group of 50 boys and girls teamed up in a massive group at the 30 bus terminal on Niddrie mains road. They were throwing bricks and fireworks at the buses and passers-by.

The witness continued: “The police came and blocked them into the street beside the mission church, the police had the shields and stuff and there were about six vans.

“They started throwing the fireworks in between them.

“There were three police officers dragged back to the vans then a taxi driver got his car hit by a brick so jumped out and they started throwing the fireworks at the taxi driver and all circling him they then put a rocket under his taxi.

“I saw they attacked a 21 bus and the firework went in the back window that had kids on it and, chucked fireworks at someone walking past with a buggy.

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“I also saw they smashed another taxi’s window with two passengers in it who were older and already on the way to A&E as her partner was unwell and when they chucked that brick it smashed the window and went into the woman’s face.

“I offered to look over her but he really had to get to the hospital so a girl, stopped and took the passengers of the taxi to hospital as the taxi driver couldn’t then drive his black cab.”

The distraught onlooker ended by saying: “They were also chucking them at the houses there was such an unsafe atmosphere, cars were literally speeding past that bit last night to stop them being attacked.”

Scottish Police Federation officials have called for new tough laws to crack down on the fireworks yobs.

A spokesman said: “Another year where fireworks have been weaponised and fired at police officers and others.”

Police Scotland were contacted to ascertain if arrests were made.

Elsewhere, London also saw similar events take place.

The Met Police had put Woolwich under special measures for Bonfire Night after firework chaos took over the town Centre on Halloween night.

Four police officers were badly injured and 30 were arrested after allegedly throwing lit fireworks at each other and innocent bystanders.

Emergency service workers were prevented from helping a man who had a suspected heart attack as people allegedly threw fireworks in their direction.

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