A MILNGAVIE man was thrown from the bonnet of his car while trying to stop a thief stealing it.

The 49-year-old spotted a man in his silver C Class Mercedes in Woodvale Avenue, Bearsden last Thursday at 7pm and rushed out of a house to confront him.

He put his hands on the bonnet and shouted at the man to get out of his car, but the opportunist thief started the vehicle using keys that were left in the ignition and drove off knocking the owner onto the bonnet.

The terrified man clung to the windscreen before being thrown off as the vehicle accelerated away - grazing his shins and elbows.

Milngavie Police say he did not require hospital treatment but was left very shaken.

A police spokesperson said the man was very lucky not to have been more seriously injured, adding: “The man had visited the house as he was working there. The keys were left in the ignition because he thought he was only going to in the house for a few seconds.

“He also noticed three or four young men in a sliver/blue estate car nearby.”

When the victim rushed out the men in the estate car drove off in the direction of Rannoch Drive and the Maryhill area.

A car fitting the description of the one taken was later found burnt out at Lambhill Cemetery on Balmore Road. Police have yet to confirm its identity because the numberplates have been removed. The registration number of the car stolen is X40 JBB.

The car thief is described as a white male aged between 20 and 25.

Detective Constable Derek Cameron, from Kirkintilloch Police Office, who is heading the investigation, said: “The man was extremely lucky not to be more seriously hurt in what was a deliberate attempt to injure him.”

Officers are said to be following ‘a definite line of enquiry’ and are looking through CCTV footage taken from another location.

Anyone with information about the theft, or who was in the Woodvale Avenue area at about 7pm is asked to contact Det. Con. Cameron on 0141 5324460 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.