Police release e-fit of ‘big nose’ thug who tried to murder taxi woman

Prime suspect - a police e-fit of one of the men involved in the attack
Prime suspect - a police e-fit of one of the men involved in the attack

Police have released an image of one of the men who tried to murder a 60-year-old female taxi driver in West Lothian on February 11.

The violent and cowardly assault happened in Lanark, but police have launched an “extensive” hunt for the criminals across West Lothian, Lanarkshire and beyond.

One of the items of jewellery stolen during the robbery

One of the items of jewellery stolen during the robbery

Police, who are treating the attack as attempted murder, have also issued a picture of an item of jewellery stolen from the victim.

She had picked up a man in Hyndford Road, Lanark at around 9.30 pm on Saturday, February 11, before collecting a second man a short time later at Cleghorn Road, Lanark, near the play park.

While driving towards West Calder the victim was threatened, before stopping the car on the A704 at the junction for Pateshill Water Treatment Works.

She was then dragged from the vehicle and knocked unconscious.

In a renewed appeal for information, police have urged anyone who recognises the suspect from the e-fit picture to contact them immediately.

The suspect is white, late 20’s or 30 years old, skinny build and about 5ft 10in, clean shaven with no facial hair.

He is describe as having a very distinct large nose, and spoke poor English with a foreign accent.

He wore an army green-coloured hooded top with the same colour of green bottoms, described as being like a matching tracksuit or all in one.

The hood was up, but underneath he wore a dark-coloured hat pulled down to his eyebrows.

The second suspect is white, also late 20’s or 30 years old, normal build, about 5ft 10in tall and clean shaven with no facial hair.

He spoke good English with a foreign accent. and wore a black jumper-style hoodie with white toggles hanging down from the hood, and either dark-coloured formal type trousers or combats, and black woollen gloves.

Detective Inspector Paul Batten from Livingston CID said: “One week on from this horrific attack, I would firstly like to thank the public for their continued support and assistance with our investigation so far.

“We have been pursuing various lines of inquiry to trace those responsible and will continue to do so until they have been brought to justice.

“I would ask our communities to study this e-fit image and contact us immediately if they believe they recognise the individual, or if they have been approached by anyone looking to pass on or sell any of the jewellery that was stolen from the victim.

“Anyone with information they feel is relevant can speak to officers, or contact us on 101. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The victim was driving her dark grey Peugeot private hire car, which has a logo on both sides, in Lanark on Saturday, February 11.

She picked up a man on Hyndford Road around 10pm and then collected his friend in Hope Street, opposite Lanark Fire Station.

As they drove towards West Calder, the first man threatened her with a knife and told her to pull over.

She stopped the taxi on the A704 at the junction for Pateshill Water Treatment Works, near to the A71 (West Calder Junction).

She was then dragged from the car by the man and restrained until she fell unconscious.

When she awoke, the men were gone and her jewellery was missing.

The woman received medical treatment, but did not require hospitalisation.

Both men are said to have Eastern European accents, and are slim and around 6ft tall.

The first man wore a black hooded top, dark-coloured trousers and dark gloves.

The other wore an army-style khaki hoodie with the hood up.

Detective Inspector Steven Bertram said: “This was a horrific attack which must have been unimaginably traumatic for the victim and our thanks go to everyone who has so far come forward with information.

“I want to reassure the public that we have detectives working together in West Lothian and Lanarkshire who are dedicated to pursuing all possible lines of enquiry in relation to this investigation.

“As part of this, we’re asking anyone who may have seen the men described or who has information about their identities to come forward as soon as possible.

“Anyone who saw the taxi as it travelled towards West Calder or it was stopped along the A704, or who recognises the stolen jewellery, is also urged to get in touch with us.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111