THUG IN CARJACK ATTEMPT
Driver halted by bare-chested man wielding weapon
Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses following a violent assault and attempted robbery in Pumpherston.
The incident happened around 7.45pm on Monday on Drumshoreland Road just past the refuse site when a driver heading for Broxburn was halted by a bare-chested man with a weapon standing in the middle of the road.
The 38-year-old driver stopped before being attacked and struck in the face as the thug tried to steal the keys of the silver Ford Focus.
However, the man managed to drive off. He went to St John’s Hospital for treatment to his facial injuries before returning home and calling the police.
Inquiries are ongoing to identify
the attacker and anyone who can help trace the man is asked to come forward.
He is described as white and five feet 10in tall with a heavy build. He has short dark-red hair, tattoos across his chest and was wearing camouflage shorts.
Detective Sergeant David Macmillan, from Livingston CID, said: “This is a very unusual incident which resulted in the victims sustaining some painful injuries to his face.
“Thankfully, he did not surrender the keys to his vehicle and was able to get away from his attacker.
“Anyone who was on Drumshoreland Road on Monday evening and saw anything suspicious is urged to contact police immediately.
“We also have a very good description of the suspect and would ask that anyone who recognises the description of this man to get in touch.”
Those with information can contact Livingston CID via 101 and quote incident number 4019 of May 14. Alternatively an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.