Taxi driver robbed and vehicle stolen

The pair robbed the driver at knifepoint

TWO thieves robbed a taxi driver before making off in his vehicle in Edinburgh.

The pair were picked up by the 53-year-old driver from Stenhouse Place East at 16:15 on Sunday.

One of them produced a knife and demanded money from the driver in a car on Ford’s Road near Saughton Park.

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

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

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.”