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TERROR TIMES


ARMED POLICE CALLED AFTER WEYMOUTH TAXI ‘FIRED AT’


Armed police were called after something was fired at the rear windscreen of a taxi in Weymouth. The Dorset Echo reports that the taxi was hit as it was being driven along Radipole Lane at 10.23pm on Saturday, July 10. A 4x4 vehicle was reportedly seen in the area at the time. The driver, in his 60s, was left shaken, but not injured. Officers, including firearms officers, attended and stopped several 4x4 vehicles, but they were all ruled out. An investigation is underway. No arrests have been made. Inspector Darren Stanton, of Dorset Police, said: “Initial reports were that a shot had been fired at the car, however following our investigations a firearm has been ruled out. “It is believed an object or catapult was used to cause this damage. This was a deliberate and reckless act and I would like to reassure the victim that a full investigation is underway. “We know that a 4x4 vehicle was seen in the area and I would urge anyone with information as to who was respon- sible to please come forward. I would also ask motorists in the area at the relevant time to please check their dashcam footage and contact us if they find anything of relevance.”


CABBIE HELD AT KNIFEPOINT IN BOURNEMOUTH ROBBERY


A taxi driver was threatened with a knife by a passenger who made from the vehicle with cash. According to the Bournemouth Echo, police received a report of the robbery in the West Howe area of Bournemouth on 12 July. The victim parked his car shortly after 7.20am in Turbary Park Avenue and asked for payment from a male customer. A man then got out of the back seat and into the front seat of the taxi and grabbed the victim by the back of his head, before producing a knife and demanding money. He allegedly left with a quantity of cash in the direction of Lydford Road. A Dorset Police spokeswoman said: “A 40-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.”


CABBIE THREATENED WITH METAL POLE IN NOTTINGHAM


A taxi driver was threatened with a metal pole during an attempted robbery. The West Bridgford Wire reports that the 41-year-old had gone to pick up a customer in Bracebridge Drive, Bilborough, when a group of men approached his vehicle and asked to be taken to Long Eaton. The driver said he couldn’t fit them in and suggested they call a bigger taxi. He told police the group became aggressive and threatened to hurt him unless he gave them a lift. One of the men then produced a metal pole and demanded he hand over cash. Fearing for his safety, the taxi driver quickly drove off. The metal pole was then thrown towards the taxi but missed. The incident happened shortly before 1am on Tuesday 29 June and police are treating it as an attempted robbery.


BELFAST CABBIE ROBBED WITH SCREWDRIVER AT HIS FACE


Detectives are investigating an armed robbery in the New Lodge Road area of North Belfast in the early hours of 13 July. BelfastLive reports that a taxi driver was robbed at around 4.10am after collecting two men, who directed him to turn into Ludlow Square. The passenger in the front then pulled out a screwdriver and pressed it against the driver’s cheek, demanding money. Meanwhile, the victim was struck on the head by the passenger in the back seat. Detective Sergeant Kitchen said: “The driver managed to raise the alarm, and the two made off with his mobile phone, wallet, cash, and bank cards. This has been a terrifying ordeal, which has left the man with a cut to his right forearm, as well as being visibly shaken.”


68 AUGUST 2021


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