Man attacked then struck by black 4x4 in Stenhouse ‘hit and run’ as police probe motive
A man was assaulted and then struck by a 4x4 vehicle in the Stenhouse area of Edinburgh on Wednesday evening.
Police were called to the report of an altercation involving two men in Stenhouse Grove at about 7.25pm.
Shortly afterwards, a black coloured 4x4 vehicle was seen being deliberately driven at one of the men in Stenhouse Street West, striking him and causing him to fall into a hedge and to the ground. It is believed the attacker had got into the vehicle and drove at the other man. The vehicle was then driven off and the other man ran off along Stenhouse Street West.
The suspect, thought to be the driver of the 4x4, is described as white and in his 20s, 5ft 10ins in height, of slim build and of gaunt appearance with short blond/brown hair. He was wearing a light coloured top and grey jogging bottoms and spoke with a local accent.
It comes after several attacks in Edinburgh last month which have been linked to crime gangs warring over drugs.
Detective Sergeant Dougal Begg, of Corstorphine CID, said: "At the moment our priority is to trace the man struck by the vehicle, primarily to ensure that he is safe and well. We want to make sure he receives any medical treatment he may need after this incident and would ask him to get in touch with police.
"We are still trying to establish why this happened. From our enquiries so far, the man struck by the vehicle, who is only described as white, 20-30 years old, of medium build, possibly brown hair, was wearing a beige jumper and grey jogging bottoms, was assaulted by a man, on Stenhouse Grove, Edinburgh. It is believed that the attacker then got into a black 4x4, with a male passenger on board, before deliberately striking the other man, throwing him into a hedge and then driving off.
"Officers are carrying out enquiries in the area in an effort to trace those involved. I would ask anyone who saw what happened, or who has any information that can assist our enquiry, contact CID officers at Corstorphine Police Station, Edinburgh, via 101. Please quote reference number 2912 of 7 April, 2021, when calling. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."