Man injured trying to save car

posted 30 Oct 2009, 04:48 by South Edinburgh Net Admin   [ updated 30 Oct 2009, 04:50 ]
Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses after a man had his car stolen by opportunist thieves in the south side of the Capital.

The incident happened at around 5.30pm yesterday (Wednesday, October 28).

The 36-year-old owner of the silver Kia Sedona had left his car momentarily unlocked and with the keys in the ignition while visiting an address in Lutton Place.

He was alerted to his vehicle being stolen, and ran outside to see the car being driven away by the two male suspects.

He chased after the car, and caught up with it at the traffic lights outside the Scottish Widows offices, where he challenged the driver.

At this point the driver punched him in the face, before speeding off along Dalkeith Road, while the owner held on to the drivers door.

He was dragged for a considerable distance, past the Commonwealth Pool and towards Holyrood Park, before losing his grip and falling off at Pollock Halls. As a result, he sustained bruising and cuts to his arms, body and legs.

The suspect driver is described as white, 19 to 23-years-old, short dark hair, a thin face, and wearing a khaki jacket. There is no description of the other suspect available.

A police spokesman said: 'While the victim did not require hospital treatment, he could have suffered serious injury or worse, and we are keen for any information that can help us identify the two suspects.

'Dalkeith Road and the surrounding streets were busy with pedestrians yesterday evening, and although we have traced a number of witnesses, we are still keen for anyone else who saw the incident take place to come forward.

'We are also keen to speak to anyone who saw the silver Kia Sedona being driven at speed through Holyrood Park after the incident happened.

'Anyone who has any other information that can assist our enquiries should also get in touch as a matter of urgency.'

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

Source: Lothian and Borders Police