Edinburgh convenience store employee recounts horror attack by group of young boys on Thursday night

An employee at a Niddrie convenience store has told EN4 News that he was subject to an attack on Thursday night.

30 to 40 youths, armed with crowbars and knives, were involved in the violence that left two members of staff injured, according to the employee, who wanted to remain anonymous.

The group waited until staff members came outside before throwing objects at them and then proceeding to attack them.

Police have confirmed that they are treating the attack as a hate crime.

The member of staff explained the results of last night’s brutal collision.

“They hit my colleague with a crowbar over the head so he has minor injuries that he went to the hospital for and his younger brother as well, they punched him,” he said.

“There was so many and they are only two people how can they fight with just two people.”

When asked how often incidents like this happen, he explained it has become a regular occurrence.

“Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday most of the time… I don’t really know how to face this problem if they come in a group and sit outside at night time what can we do”

Despite contacting the police throughout this ongoing issue, staff are told the most they can do is bar the youths from entering the premises and then if they enter following this an arrest could be made.

“The police say to just bar them so they don’t come inside and then they don’t become aggressive with you.

“But what happens is, when we bar them they don’t just say so we can’t get in? So we can’t buy any juice or anything from here? No, they just made the plan to come outside here and look at them they had the crowbars and knives in their hands”

Those involved were known to be wearing hoods and covering their faces in a bid to hide their identity. Police are probing the situation and have asked for any witnesses to come forward.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Police were called to report of a disturbance at premises on Hay Avenue, Edinburgh, around 6.55pm on Thursday, 23 January 2020.

“A 49-year-old man and a 38-year-old man were assaulted and suffered minor injuries, however, they did not require hospital treatment.

“Officers are treating the incident as a hate crime and enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference number 3092 of 23 January.”

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