The Edinburgh crimes that rocked the city in 2021, from gangsters to bus attacks

In a mixed year for the most part in Edinburgh, there were unfortunately huge stories of crime that rocked the city.

From the cold-blooded murder of Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh to the barrage of cutting-edge incidents at Edinburgh nightclubs, 2021 is sure to be a year to be forgotten for many.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the hardest-to-cover crime stories that have rocked the city this year.

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Bradley’s Welsh Murder

Although the vile murder of actor Bradley Welsh took place in 2019, the murder trial took place this year with Sean Orman being convicted of shooting Welsh outside his home in Edinburgh.

Orman was convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison this year. The trial lasted 12 days, during which time Orman’s testimony using a shotgun to kill Welsh was conclusive.

Although he was found guilty, Orman still attempted to deny that he was even in the area at the time of the incident, pleading that he was out on a bike ride.

Tributes have poured in for the Welsh, as he has been described as the “legend of Edinburgh” by friends and family. Welsh was a dad at the time of his death and was only 48 years old.

Spiking Spree nightclub

There have been a number of reports of drink spikes throughout the year

Towards the end of this year, it became apparent that clubbers in Edinburgh were at enormous risk of their drinks increasing. In what is sometimes a regular occurrence in bars and clubs, it seemed to become an unhealthy trend that has seen countless young women hospitalized and seriously ill.

Incidents of spikes have been reported at almost every nightclub in the city and people have even been targeted with injections to make it appear less visible.

After various reports and media campaigns denouncing the problem, additional security checks and “spikeless” drinking covers were even put on the glasses to ensure that nothing could be added to them.

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Recently, Scottish police released figures showing 152 cases of tampering with drinks or syringe injections in the first ten months of 2021 in Edinburgh. This was compared to 36 in 2020, 43 in 2019 and just 16 in 2018 and these were just the cases reported to police.

It soon became apparent that young girls were not safe to go out and have fun in Edinburgh during this vile barrage of attacks.

Kidnapping of “Squaddie” in Edinburgh

The teenager was “traumatized” after Rigby attacked him with scissors, knives and boiling water in bitter rage.

This story of an 18-year-old Edinburgh soldier held hostage after a Tinder date went awry has certainly shocked the townspeople.

Dylan Rigby, 20, pleaded guilty to the violent March attack, which resulted in Cobhan McLelland being brutally assaulted and taken hostage after he was found in bed with Rigby’s sister on a date .

McLelland was thrown to the ground and punched several times, before being attacked with a knife, scissors and boiling water.

At one point, Rigby even threatened to rape and cut McLelland’s tongue, until Rigby’s sister called the police to end this terrible ordeal.

Rigby was held until the age of 21, with a seven-year sentence being handed down later this year.

Jonathan Smith passes away

Ednilson De Ceita's BMW X5 collided with a Peugeot driven by Jonathan 'Jonny' Smith.
Ednilson De Ceita’s BMW X5 collided with a Peugeot driven by Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Smith.

The death of Edinburgh man Jonathan Smith after being struck by a dangerous driver on Maybury Road in 2018 resulted in Ednilson Ceita being sentenced to six years in prison.

Ceita is said to have driven both at excessive speeds and on the wrong side of the road in a horror crash that claimed the life of Smith, 29.

Jonathan’s mother, Ellen McDaid said she “will never rest until I see the people who did this to Jonathan punished” at the time of the incident and finally got her wish this year.

Lothian bus attacks

Broken window on a Lothian bus
The window of the Lothian Buses bus was smashed

A series of attacks on a number of Lothian’s bus services have resulted in the cancellation of many routes this year, with the buses being targeted with stones and other objects by young people.

After endangering the safety of passengers on board, extensive investigations were carried out to put an end to this senseless behavior, but new attacks continued.

As a result, the number of attacks on Lothian buses has doubled this year, from 584 in 2020 to more than 1,000 in 2021.

Reports of several terrified passengers who took glass showers and suffered near misses from objects flying through bus windows have been filed throughout the year.

Death of Sean Flynn

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Sean Flynn committed suicide after issuance of arrest warrant in Scotland

In October, Sean Flynn, who was due to stand trial for the murder of his mother, was found dead in Spain.

Flynn, of Edinburgh, was due to appear in High Court after being charged with the murder 19 years ago. When he failed to appear, an arrest warrant was issued for him.

Flynn is believed to have committed suicide in Spain.

It has been alleged that Flynn lost his tempter and killed his mother following an argument over the upcoming conviction for a conduct case and relationship with an older woman.

Rose Street Hit and Run

The cops remain at the scene (Image: Alan Simpson).
The cops remain at the scene (Image: Alan Simpson)

In September, a major incident in Edinburgh city center involved five people being cut in town by a car on Rose Street.

Three women and two men were then rushed to hospital after the vehicle in question continued to roll until it collided with a bus on Lothian Road.

Although Scottish Police have confirmed that the incident was not treated as terrorism-related, it certainly scared the townspeople.

Stores in the ares remained closed for the day and bus diversions were put in place while officers surveyed the premises.

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