Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Thieves steal taxi driver's car in Edinburgh

Two thieves who robbed a taxi driver at knifepoint in Edinburgh before stealing his private hire car are being sought by police.

The 53-year-old driver had gone to Stenhouse Place East at 16:15 on Sunday, where he picked up two men.

One of them produced a knife and demanded money from the driver in a car park near Saughton Park.

The pair then drove off in the taxi. The black 54-plate Volkswagen Passat was later found in Calder Gardens.

The robbers are white, in their early 20s, and spoke with local accents.

Driving erratically

One of the men was 6ft 1in, of large build, clean-shaven and was wearing a dark-coloured hat.

The other man was skinny, clean-shaven with a black woolly hat, and was wearing a black fleece and jeans.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed the robbery, or for anyone who may have seen VW Passat being driven erratically before it was dumped in Calder Gardens, to contact them.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "We have spoken to a number of people who were in the area and who witnessed the robbery, but we would appeal to anyone else who may have seen what happened to contact us.

"In addition, we'd like to hear from anyone who might recognise the description of the two men involved, or who may have seen the car being driven erratically throughout the area."

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