Joyride suspects pulled from motorbike by public

The action took place on Deanhaugh Street in Stockbridge. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
The action took place on Deanhaugh Street in Stockbridge. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
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TWO suspected joyriders were stopped in their tracks by have-a-go heroes who pulled them from a motorbike and sat on them until police arrived.

Shocked onlookers saw the hoodie-clad duo weaving through stationary traffic while being chased by “a man in a suit” through Stockbridge.

It is understood the man gave chase after claiming the BMW motorbike had clipped his black Porsche during rush hour on Wednesday. He successfully made a grab for one rider, causing the bike to crash by the bridge on Deanhaugh Street, shortly after 6pm.

Members of the public rushed to help – taking it in turns to sit on the rider – while an off-duty policeman gave chase and caught the second youth.

A good samaritan, who asked not to be named, knelt on one suspect while the driver called police and moved his car – which was causing a hold-up on one of the busiest roads in the Capital.

“I could see he was quite visibly shaken, the guy was struggling underneath him so I just went over and helped hold him down,” he said. “The traffic was being held up because the guy’s car was in the middle of the road so he said ‘can you hold him while I sort it?’.

“The guy obviously thought they were going to stop and change information and then they went to drive away so he pulled one of them off the bike luckily.”

The reckless duo were not wearing helmets and had their faces obscured by the tightly-tied hoods, drawing the attention of drivers.

One commuter who witnessed the chase said: “He had obviously just finished work because he was in a full suit and dressed for the office. It was bizarre, I had to do a double take.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed they received a report of two youths driving an alleged stolen motorbike eastwards on Raeburn Place into Deanhaugh Street, where it collided with another vehicle.

Two youths were arrested by officers before the 16-year-old was later released without charge.

A 17-year-old appeared in court yesterday where he pleaded not guilty to motor vehicle offences.