Police appeal following car blaze

Police in Midlothian are appealing for information after a car was deliberately set on fire in Penicuik.

The incident happened in Teviot Grove around 11pm on Tuesday (16 June), when a silver Peugeot 208 was found on fire in the street.

Nobody was injured but officers are keen to find out more about several vehicles seen in the area at the time.

A dark coloured car was followed closely by a white/lighter coloured one being driven along Yarrow Court from the direction of Eastfield Farm Road around the time of the incident.

A black Golf with a broken number plate was seen in the area, in Strathesk Road, the previous evening, Monday, 15 June, and again on the night the car was set on fire.

A man was also seen near the car before it was set on fire and detectives would like to speak to him in connection with their enquiries. He is described as 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins, of slim to medium build and was wearing a tracksuit.

Detective Constable Declan Hogg said: “Fortunately nobody was injured but the elderly owner of the vehicle used this car as his only way of getting out and about and has been left inconvenienced by its loss.

“Enquiries so far indicate that there were a number of vehicles and people around at the time of the fire and we are keen to speak to anyone who may be able to help with our investigation. Anyone with CCTV footage who has not yet spoken to officers or with dash-cam footage is asked to get in touch.

“If you have any information please contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 4474 of Tuesday, 16 June, 2020, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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