A Teenage driver was left terrified after a gang of masked men tried to steal his car and then chased him through the city.
The 19-year-old was scared for his life after the attempt to steal his car outside Lauriston farm, near Cramond.
They were chasing him and belting into his car and at one point trying to drive him into a wall. He was worried he’d be killed.”Angela Whyte
He was returning to his car after dropping off a friend at a restaurant car park shortly after midnight when the gang of four men, all wearing black balaclavas, started running towards him.
The terrified driver managed to get into his vehicle and drove off despite the gang hammering on the windows.
But despite driving away he found them chasing after his car – and even trying to ram it off the road – until he drove into a police station.
Today relatives of the teenager said the incident was one of several reported to police in recent weeks – and they feared officers weren’t taking the issue seriously.
Cramond resident, Angela Whyte, described the terrifying moment her son was approached.
She said: “At first he thought it was his friends but when he saw the masks he was petrified. The whole thing was completely traumatising.
“They were chasing him and belting into his car and at one point trying to drive him into a wall. He was worried he’d be killed.
“He drove into a police station and was shaking, he could hardly talk because he was so traumatised.
“I don’t think the police are taking it seriously, they told us more than 1000 cars had been stolen in nine months.
“I thought they would have tried to find the car and fingerprint it. It was a completely traumatic experience for my son,” she said.
In a separate incident, also in the north-west of Edinburgh, a masked gang demanded two 19-year-olds leave their car and then threatened them before driving off.
Lindsay Paterson, Conservative councillor for the Almond ward, said: “It sounds very, very scary. I can’t even think of the words to describe how terrified I would feel in that situation, and the fact that this is something that has happened in Edinburgh is very worrying.
“There are concerns about crime in the west of Edinburgh and this will no doubt add to it. There has been a lot of pressure put on the police to deal with these sort of crimes.”
A police spokeswoman said: “Police in Edinburgh were called following a report of reckless driving in the Ferry Road area of Edinburgh.
“The incident occurred on Wednesday, March 4, shortly after midnight when a Silver Volkswagen Golf followed and purposely tried to strike a Yellow Honda Civic.
The Honda was initially followed from Lauriston Farm and along Ferry Road until the 19-year-old male driver drove to Drylaw Police Station.
“Inquiries are ongoing. Police in Edinburgh are aware of the recent spate of car crime in the city and are currently working to tackle this through proactive initiatives, such as Operation RAC and Operation Quarterlight..”