Police search for BMW occupants who vanished after serious crash between Penicuik and Leadburn

Police dogs and a helicopter were involved in the search following the crash.

Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 3:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 3:08 pm

Police are seeking the occupants of a car who disappeared after a serious crash between Penicuik and Leadburn.

Officers received a report at about 3am on New Year's Day that a grey BMW M140i had left the A701 Peebles Road in the Penicuik area.

When police attended the scene, no one was in the car which was badly damaged.

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Police are appealing for witnesses and investigating the circumstances leading up to the collision.

A search involving officers, police dogs and a helicopter was undertaken as there were concerns that the occupants of the BMW may have been injured.

Appeal for witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses and investigating the circumstances leading up to the collision.

Sgt John Easton, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This was a serious crash and those in the car could be injured and require medical treatment so we are eager to trace them. We also need to establish the circumstances leading up to the collision.

“I would urge anyone who was in the area between midnight and 3am, when the crash was reported to us, to get in touch if they saw anything. There may have been a lot of people around going home from New Year parties.

“Anyone driving in the area who saw a grey BMW who may have dash-cam footage is also asked to get in touch. Likewise, I would ask the occupants of the car to contact us urgently to reassure us that they are safe.

“If you have information please call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 1029 of Tuesday, 1 January.”