Car stolen in Edinburgh with owner’s dog inside

The owner was approached on Willowbank Row in Newhaven. Picture: Google

The owner was approached on Willowbank Row in Newhaven. Picture: Google

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a car was stolen today in Edinburgh - with the owner’s beagle in the back.

The owner, 65, was stood next to his Honda CRV on Willowbank Row in Newhaven when he was approached by four youths.

The youngsters pushed him over while one of them got in the car and sped off, turning left onto Ferry Road towards Leith.

The other suspects made off on bikes and on foot.

The dog has since been found at the bottom of Newhaven Road - a mile away from where the car was stolen - but the vehicle is still missing.

Detective Sergeant Lynsey Thomson said: “Fortunately the victim was not injured during the incident, but is obviously deeply upset at the theft of his car and his pet beagle.

We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the Willowbank Row area on Friday afternoon and remembers seeing anything suspicious.”

The young male who stole the car, registration DN06 WND, was described as being 15-16 years old and 5ft 9 inches tall with dark hair. He was wearing all dark clothing with a hood up and a backpack.

His other youths are of a similar age, dressed in grey.

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1111.