Driver halted by bare-chested man wield­ing weapon

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Deb­bie Hall

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.

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