Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Reliance security officer hurt in prisoner escape bid

A Reliance security officer is in hospital after a man who had been due to appear in court escaped from custody and allegedly drove a car at him.

The incident happened outside St Leonard's police station in Edinburgh at about 0815 BST.

The 24-year-old, who has since been detained, also allegedly threatened a woman driver after he flagged down her Ford Fiesta in Holyrood Park Road.

The woman was not injured. The man was detained at 0830 BST.

Chest injuries

A Lothian and Borders Police spokeswoman said: "Having allegedly threatened the woman and stolen the Fiesta, he allegedly drove at a 29-year-old male member of Reliance staff near the entrance to Pollock Halls.

"The Reliance worker is now in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment to leg and chest injuries.

"Reliance staff alerted police to the incident and a number of police vehicles were responded as the man drove through Holyrood Park on Queen's Drive.

"He continued on to Lochend Road, eventually stopping in Primrose Street, where the Fiesta struck a bollard and overturned."

The escaped man has been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment to minor facial injuries.

He will then be released into police custody.

The roads in the park were closed to allow investigations at the scene to continue.

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