A WOMAN has been knocked down in a hit-and-run crash in the city centre by a motorcycle driven by two youths who were not wearing helmets.
The 42-year-old suffered injuries to her head and body after being struck by the motorcycle as she crossed busy Haymarket Terrace.
Police are now hunting the youths who were riding the dark-coloured bike, which had a learner plate on the back.
The hit and run was today condemned as “sheer absolute stupidity” and “reckless in the extreme” as officers appealed for witnesses to the incident to come forward.
Investigators are studying CCTV in a bid to identify the culprits following the collision, which took place at about 5.10pm on Thursday. The motorcyclist fled the scene towards the city centre.
Officers hope that witnesses may have seen the suspects as the area was packed with rush-hour commuters.
Pc Phil Lees, from Police Scotland, said: “The motorcycle was dark, possibly black, and had two youths on board, neither of whom were wearing helmets.
“The bike was also displaying an L plate to the rear.
“The area was busy with commuters and I would appeal to anyone that was in the area and saw the motorcycle or the occupants to contact Police Scotland.”
A police spokeswoman last night said the woman had been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and had suffered minor injuries.
City centre councillor Joanna Mowat condemned the actions of the youths.
She said: “The description of this incident suggests sheer absolute stupidity on the part of these people.
“To be riding through the streets without a helmet is dangerous enough, but they have then caused the injury of an innocent pedestrian.
“I very much hope that someone is able to recognise these individuals and identify them to the police.
“I would appeal to anyone with information to contact police.
“The victim and her family have my best wishes for a speedy recovery.”
Fellow city centre councillor Alasdair Rankin said: “It’s hard to think of how you could be more irresponsible than these two people. I hope the police are doing their upmost to catch those involved. The council has CCTV covering that area and I’m sure we will be doing everything we can to help identify them. This act was reckless in the extreme and took place at a busy junction at a busy time of day.”
Police urged anyone who witnessed the collision, or knows the identity of the motorcyclist or passenger, to contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.