‘Gang violence’ concerns raised in Gorebridge


A Gorebridge man who witnessed 15 youths attacking two boys fears a return of gang violence that resulted in the tragic death of a teenager in 2011.

The man, who didn’t want to be named, contacted the Advertiser after witnessing the attack last month.

He said: “I heard a lot of shouting and screaming in the streets. When I got closer I saw at least 15 boys attacking two other boys. When the police did arrive not one officer gave chase to arrest the boys that committed the assaults.

“I later found out that the two boys were from Mayfield, they had been at a birthday party in Gorebridge Bowling Club. This is not the first time this has happened and I think it’s a total disgrace that this behaviour is still taking place after what happened to the young lad from Mayfield [Dale Bennett] a few years ago.”

He added: “Why aren’t the police protecting our people and our community? I and a few others do not feel safe in our own community hence the reason this is anonymous.”

Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, local area commander for Midlothian, said: “Local officers in Gorebridge received a call in relation to a disturbance in Hunter Square at around 10pm on December 5 and responded to the area immediately. Upon arrival a number of individuals were spoken to and no complaint of criminal activity was made.

“I would like to reassure residents that we treat all reports of criminal activity extremely seriously and whenever we are alerted to an incident, we will respond and investigate appropriately. There is no evidence to suggest the incident was in anyway linked to gang disorder. However, anyone who wishes to provide us with information in relation to this matter can contact us on 101.”