Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Police charge 40 people at Edinburgh Festival

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Forty people were charged with crimes such as robbery, shoplifting and assault during this year's Edinburgh Festival.

Officers stopped and searched about 350 people during August under Operation Assure which involved high-visibility patrols across the city.

Drugs, weapons and stolen property were seized in more than 100 cases.

Fixed penalty notices were also given to more than 50 people for anti-social behaviour.

Police praised the majority of people for their good behaviour during what is said to be the biggest arts festival in the world.

Chief Superintendent Mark Williams, divisional commander for Edinburgh, said: "Operation Assure was launched as part of our commitment to keeping people safe and throughout August our officers provided a visible and engaging presence across the city.

"The festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year and I am delighted that the vast majority have enjoyed their summer in a responsible and considerate manner, with only a relatively small number coming to police attention.

"I would like to thank the public for their co-operation and support for Operation Assure throughout this month and I look forward to another successful festival next year."

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