Edinburgh crime: Police helicopter searches for driver of stolen car after crash on major road near Edinburgh

Driver managed to escape even with the assistance of police dogs and air unit
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Police are hunting for a driver who fled from a stolen car after it crashed on the A71 near Edinburgh.

Officers were was called out at around 8.30pm on Thursday following reports of a one-vehicle collision involving a red Renault Captur, near to the village of Burnwynd.

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Police dogs and the air unit were called to assist with the search, but the driver managed to escape.

Police are hunting for a driver who fled from a stolen car after it crashed near to the village of Burnwynd, on the border between the City of Edinburgh and West Lothian. Image: Police ScotlandPolice are hunting for a driver who fled from a stolen car after it crashed near to the village of Burnwynd, on the border between the City of Edinburgh and West Lothian. Image: Police Scotland
Police are hunting for a driver who fled from a stolen car after it crashed near to the village of Burnwynd, on the border between the City of Edinburgh and West Lothian. Image: Police Scotland

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Around 8.30pm on Thursday, 27 July, 2023, police were called to the A71 near Burnwynd, following a report of a one-vehicle crash involving a red Renault Captur.

“Enquiries have established that the vehicle had been stolen and there was no trace of the driver in the area. Officers are following a positive line of enquiry.”