Edinburgh teens slammed for holding ‘massive party’ on Craiglockhart Hill despite gathering ban | #socialmedia | #children

A large group of young people reportedly defied the ongoing ban on mass gatherings to party on Easter Craiglockhart Hill near Morningside on Friday evening (2 October).

A local resident out for an evening stroll encountered the large group, and took to Facebook to share his experience, writing:

“A non traffic related post for once. Out on my evening constitutional, drawn by the noise beyond Craighouse. Massive party on the summit of Easter Craiglockhart Hill ongoing. Proves this 10pm forced closure of licensed premises is futile in this pandemic. These guys are just letting off steam, but I doubt they’ll lift the empty cans gathering. What’s the answer? This is in our community.”

He added: “This was a massive group on ECH. So far as I could see, no harm done apart from litter and lack of social distancing. I suppose my point is why shut everything down early? These uncontrolled gatherings will continue, so why not leave the legitimate licensed businesses to trade normally?

“They’ve all spent a fortune installing COVID-19 measures?”

However, other people said it was unlikely to be related to the 10pm curfew as the drinkers on the hill appeared to be underage.

Young people aged between 12 and 17 can meet up in groups of up to 6 at a time outdoors and are not subject to the two household limit.

One man said: “I was up there earlier, disappointing to see, but they were all obviously significantly under 18. The early pub closure is not related, unless pubs have got much much more lax at checking IDs.”

Another local resident speculated that the youths had travelled to the hill on bikes, saying: “Well that’s interesting. We had 11 bikes tied to our private railings just outside the entrance in Craiglea Place!!!! I hope some of their parents are reading this and now know where their children are at night.”

An outdoor gathering that took place on the Meadows in July

The party follows similar scenes in South Edinburgh, which has numerous parks including the Meadows, Blackford Hill and Bruntsfield Links. In July, Edinburgh police raced to the Meadows on Friday evening after a large outdoor party largely attended by teenagers descended into violence – with reports of youths engaged in a ‘mass brawl’.

The scenes mirrored similar ones that took place near Portobello beach earlier the same day at 3pm, with youths allegedly brawling in the area near the five-a-side football pitches. A man reported on social media seeing around 100 teenagers getting off a train in Brunstane earlier in the day intending to visit Portobello.

Litter being left behind after these impromptu parties is often one of the focal points of local residents’ anger.

Sharing multiple pictures of a mass gathering, one woman wrote: “To the massive group of children that think the Meadows clean themselves… newsflash they don’t. You think you’re mature enough to drink, try being mature enough to pick up your trash.”




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