Pensioner In 'Terrifying' Car Jacking

1 October 2018, 19:16 | Updated: 1 October 2018, 19:18

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A 77-year-old woman needed hospital treatment after she was attacked in a carjacking.

The woman was loading shopping into her red Toyota Yaris near Gorgie War Memorial Hall on Westfield Street, Edinburgh, on Sunday afternoon when a man came up and claimed there was something wrong with the vehicle.

He then demanded her keys and grabbed her before a struggle, during which the woman fell to the ground, suffered a cut to her head and a serious arm injury.

The man then took the keys and stole the car, which was recovered at around 1pm on Monday by officers in Edinburgh.

The victim was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh by the Scottish

Ambulance Service and released after treatment.

Police are appealing for information about the incident which happened at around 3pm.

Detective sergeant Ross Nicol, of Corstorphine CID, said: "This was a frightening attack in a busy area in broad daylight and I want to thank the people who came to the woman's aid.

"As part of our enquiries, we're urging those who may recognise this man's description, or who have seen the car since this time, to contact us immediately."

The suspect is described as white, of medium build, aged 25 to 35, around 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in and was wearing a dark baseball cap, a blue sports-style top and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.