Car ambushed and smashed by yobs in Dalkeith

The windows of the private hire car were smashed in the rock attack. Picture: comp

The windows of the private hire car were smashed in the rock attack. Picture: comp

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A FAMILY was showered in glass after a gang of yobs ambushed a private hire car by placing traffic cones in the street before hurling a rock at the vehicle’s window when it stopped.

The shattered glass rained down on the terrified passengers – who included three children – as they were driven home from an airport at around 2.30am following a holiday abroad.

Driver William Forsyth described how an 11-year-old boy sitting next to the window was “covered” in glass following the attack in Dalkeith.

Mr Forsyth said he pulled the seven-seater Nissan Primastar to a halt after seeing a trio of cones blocking Eskbank Road and the impact came a few seconds later.

Police are hunting around six youths wearing hoodies who fled into King’s Park following the incident on Friday.

Mr Forsyth, who runs Dalkeith-based Forsyth Private Hire, said: “I was picking up the family from Newcastle Airport to bring them home to Loanhead. It was mum and dad, dad’s mother, a young boy, and two girls aged seven and about four or five.

“I was approaching the gates at King’s Park when the dad, who was in the front passenger seat, noticed three traffic cones in the street. It looked like the road was closed but there were no signs.

“I came to a stop and seconds later there was a massive crash. The passenger window just shattered as something smashed through.

“I could see about a half-a-dozen people in hoodies running into the park. I can only think they put the cones out to ambush whatever car was passing.

“The 11-year-old boy, who was sitting next to the window, was covered in glass. The older girl also had glass on her. They were both really shocked. It was so lucky no-one was injured.”

Mr Forsyth, 41, called another private hire firm to take the family home.

He added: “The rock had broken up on impact but I’d say it must’ve been two or three inches in diameter. I honestly have no idea what anyone had to gain from such a selfish and disgusting act.”

The grandmother in the car later posted a message on the Forsyth Private Hire Facebook page. It read: “It was my son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren in the taxi. [The seven-year-old] was so traumatised she had to sleep in with mum and dad.”

A Midlothian Council spokeswoman said: “We are appalled that this incident has happened. Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A group of hooded youths were seen running from the scene and anyone with any information which may help with our inquires is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

alan.mcewen@edinburghnews.com