Van in high speed chase

POLICE engaged in a chase through Niddrie last night in pursuit of a van which failed to obey instructions to stop.

Residents were shocked to see up to eight police vehicles trailing a light-coloured van through normally quiet streets at speeds of up to 90 miles an hour, it has been claimed.

One mother said they were frantically pulling children off the street to get them out of harm’s way as the chase careered through Niddrie House Park. Nicola Barnes, 42, of Niddrie House Park, said: “It was going that fast that it was on two wheels and shaking – it was easily doing 90mph. The sirens were going and there was this high speed car chase – I’ve never seen anything like it before. It was scary.”

A police spokesman said: “A van had been signalled to stop at around 6.30pm but made off which resulted in a pursuit. The van was later found abandoned.”

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