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Man 'forced' woman into car on A71 east of Polbeth

Reports of a woman appearing to have been forced into a car in West Lothian are being investigated by police.

A number of people called police having seen a man bundle a woman into the back of a red or maroon-coloured car on the A71, just east of Polbeth.

The car was seen between the entrance of West Calder High School and Limefield House at 19:15 on Thursday.

Lothian and Borders Police currently have no missing person reports matching the description of the woman involved.

The woman is described as being in her late teens or 20s, with long dark hair which was in a ponytail.

She was wearing a black top and trousers.

The man is described as being in his 30s, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 10ins tall with dark hair and possibly a goatee beard.

He was wearing a blue or pink T-shirt and jeans.

Insp Roddy Gillies said: "We are currently working to establish exactly what happened last night, and if this is actually a crime.

"I am appealing for anyone who may have been in the area, and who may have witnessed the incident to get in touch as a matter of urgency.

"Right now our priority is the safety of the young woman, all we want is to hear she is safe and nothing untoward has happened.

"We know the area is popular with dog walkers, so we are keen to hear from anyone who may have been out last night about 19:00 and who may have seen something suspicious."

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