Terror as man tries to get into Bonnyrigg woman’s car

The B704 near Dalhousie Castle, where the incident happened
The B704 near Dalhousie Castle, where the incident happened

A young mother has spoken of her shock after a man tried to force his way into her car while she was driving along a country road late at night.

Anna Downs (24), had been heading home to Bonnyrigg from a friend’s in Gilmerton early last Thursday morning when she stopped at traffic lights on the bridge on the B704 near Dalhousie Castle.

The mother-of-two said she “froze” when she saw a “shadow” appear beside her car and try to open the door on the driver’s side.

When she saw the man go round the car to try the passenger door, she sped away from the scene, thankful that she had locked her doors.

Ms Downs, a barmaid, said of her ordeal: “He tried the door about four or five times and realised that he couldn’t get in. He went round the front of the car to try and go to the 
passenger side.

“At that point I drove off. I just froze the moment he got to the driver’s side. I didn’t really know what to do.

“I was just in shock and then I started to panic. It was at about 2am, it was pitch black. It’s a wooded area down there, it’s the middle of nowhere.”

Ms Downs posted her ordeal on social media to spread the word, and her post has now been shared more than 1800 times. Several people have been in touch with her since to say they have reported other suspected criminal behaviour in the nearby area.

The man who approached Ms Downs’ car is described as white, in his 30s, with heavy stubble. He was wearing a dark waterproof-style jacket and white trainers.

Inspector John Dryden said: “We were quickly alerted to this incident by the driver and officers carried out searches of the surrounding area but the man was not located. We do not know why he was attempting to gain entry to the car and are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen him in the vicinity beforehand or afterwards.”

Contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.