Man arrested following car theft and series of crashes in Edinburgh

A man has been arrested following the theft of a vehicle and two collisions in the Capital which are linked.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 10:58 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 11:01 am

Officers were called after a man stole a grey Volkswagen Golf after a crash on Telford Road at about 4.30pm on Tuesday.

The stolen vehicle was then found crashed on the A90 northbound, near the Dalmeny slip road, shortly after it was taken.

It is understood the driver then approached a number of cyclists in the Dalmeny area before he was arrested.

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A 25-year-old man has since been arrested in connection with the two crashes and the theft of a vehicle.

Officers are appealing to the public for witnesses to come forward, particularly cyclists in the Dalmeny area who were approached by the driver.

Detective Sergeant Todd Rutherford from Corstorphine CID said: “Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding these incidents and I am appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

“In particular, I would like to speak to a family of cyclists who are believed to have been approached by the man shortly after the second crash in Dalmeny. I would urge the family to please get in touch and assist with our investigation.

Telford Road, Edinburgh, where one of the crashes happened on Tuesday picture: Google maps
Telford Road, Edinburgh, where one of the crashes happened on Tuesday picture: Google maps

“I would also ask any motorists with dash-cams who were in the area on Tuesday afternoon to check their footage in case they have captured anything which could be of importance.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland through 101, quoting incident number 2116 of Tuesday, 23 March, 2021. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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