Hit-And-Run Biker Search Continues After Boy Left Seriously Hurt

21 August 2017, 13:43

Edinburgh sick kids hospital outside

Police looking for the hit-and-run motorcyclist who left a 10-year-old boy seriously hurt are urging any witnesses to contact them.

The child was using a pedestrian crossing in the Drylaw area of Edinburgh at 6.35pm on Saturday evening when he was struck by the stolen motorbike.

He suffered serious injuries and was taken to the city's Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Police said that at the time he was struck, two motorcycles, each with one person on board, appear to have gone through a red light at the pedestrian crossing.

The boy was struck by the second motorcycle, a white Triumph Daytona 650cc, which carried on for a short distance before the rider abandoned the machine and ran off.

He was wearing a grey hooded top, dark tracksuit bottoms and a white full face helmet with a coloured design on it.

Both motorcyclists had scarves covering their faces.

The abandoned Triumph motorbike was stolen earlier in Edinburgh.

On Sunday evening, police executed two search warrants in Granton Mill March and Wardieburn Place West.

They detained and subsequently charged a 20-year-old man with an unconnected offence.

Chief Inspector James Jones, Area Commander for Edinburgh North West, said: "I want to stress at this time that this arrest is not connected to the hit-and-run collision and that we still require the public's assistance so we can bring the person responsible for this crime to justice.

"If you witnessed the incident take place, or if you have any information relevant to our ongoing investigation, then please contact police immediately.

"Your help could prove vital.

"I want to reassure local residents and the wider Edinburgh community that we are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and will continue to conduct a thorough and professional investigation until the suspect is brought to account for their actions."

Anyone with information can contact Edinburgh's CID via 101 and quote incident number 3247 of August 19, or make an anonymous report through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.