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TEEN BIKE GANGS TARGET COP CARS; Thugs vandalise patrol vehicles throwing bricks at windscreens.

Byline: jane hamilton jane.hamilton@dailyrecord.co.uk

JOYRIDERS on motorbikes have been hurling bricks at police vehicles during a crackdown on crime.

The thugs have been taunting officers on patrol during a summer safety campaign launched last week in north Edinburgh.

During the first few days of Operation Soteria, at least four police vehicles had windows smashed as the teenagers drove by on stolen bikes.

The operation was launched after a spate of attacks on police cars last month by the joyriders.

Locals said the bikers have been causing misery and havoc in Muirhouse & West Pilton.

Our picture show a patrol vehicle with a smashed windscreen.

A source said: "This operation was launched to show high visibility patrols in the area and try to stop the motorbike thefts and joyriders plaguing the area.

"The attacks on the police vehicles show the contempt and lawlessness shown by the teenagers.

"It's not the success they're trumpeting."

However, Police Scotland said 42 arrests have been made and locals say the area has been "significantly quieter" since police dogs, uniformed and traffic officers and the force helicopter were deployed.

Police said the resources will remain in place and will continue to be deployed to Drylaw Police Station on an ongoing basis.

Last June, 14-year-old joyrider Brad Williamson died after a motorbike he was riding illegally collided with a Toyota Aygo on Silverknowes Road.

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