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...TERROR TIMES


DEWSBURY PHV DRIVERS ROBBED IN SPREE OF TERRIFYING KNIFE ATTACKS


PHV drivers struggling to make a living during the pandemic have been hit by a spate of frightening attacks and rob- beries. According to the Dewsbury Reporter, drivers are reporting more and more incidents which are threatening to force them off the road for good. Drivers have seen their incomes deci- mated since March last year but now a rise in attacks has hit the trade hard. One taxi firm has reported at least five incidents over the last few weeks – including two knifepoint robberies. Most of the attacks have happened in and around Dewsbury. One driver, Ashraf Mahmood (pictured), picked up a man in Thornhill who pulled a knife, hurled racist abuse and threat- ened to kill him before demanding his money bag. The attacker fled with the cash. In another incident Liaqat Hussain was going to Dewsbury Moor and when the cab arrived the passenger got out and threatened the driver through the front window. The man pulled open the driver’s door and brandished a knife. Mr Hussain managed to kick the attacker away, slammed the door and drove off. In a third incident Muhammad Yaqub took a female passen- ger from Wakefield to Thornhill. When they arrived a man


EDINBURGH YOBS BATTER CABBIE AND TAKE HIS CAR


An Edinburgh PHV driver was attacked by a group of yobs - who then sped off in his motor. According to The Scottish Sun, the 39-year-old had to stop his cab on West Pilton Grove after the gang of youths lobbed stones at the grey Mercedes. When he got out he was attacked by around six or seven thugs, and one of them jumped into the PHV and drove off. As a result of the attack, the driver had bruising to his face and body. Police are now investigating the incident and appealing to anyone who witnessed it or who has information. Detective Constable Zaira Marker of Edinburgh Division’s CID said: “I would ask anyone who may have witnessed this robbery, or who may have any information which might assist us in this investigation to call us on the 101 number, giving the reference number 1841 of 29 December 2020.”


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was waiting as if to pay – but then he made some small talk, shoved the driver and grabbed his money bag. There was another report of a cabbie leaving his car to help an elderly cus- tomer back into her house. The driver was surrounded by “kids on bikes” – some with knives – demanding cash. The driver escaped back to his car and drove off. The drivers all work for Abbey Swift Cars in Heckmondwike and a spokesman said: “We have had five incidents now and at


least two involved knives. “What happened has been very traumatic for the drivers involved. Our drivers are working hard to provide for their families and help the community and this is how they are treated.


“If people have any information, please contact the police.”


CABBIE ATTACKED AFTER NEW YEAR’S DAY CRASH IN BRISTOL


A taxi driver was attacked by two men after their vehicles crashed on New Year’s Day. BristolLive reports that the victim was involved in a collision in Bristol on 1 January, and police have now issued an image of someone they want to speak to in connection with their investigation.


His taxi and another vehicle crashed in West Street, Bedminster, at about 4.40pm. Avon and Somerset Police said two men got out of the other vehicle and “assaulted the taxi driver”, before damaging his taxi.


In an appeal shared on Tuesday, 12 January, a force spokesperson said: “We’re issuing a photo of a man we want to identify following [the] assault on a taxi driver in Bristol. We would like to speak to the man in this image.” Police said the second man, not pictured, was described as black and in his early 20s. Anyone with information has been asked to call 101, provid- ing reference number 5221000410. The force did not provide further information about the nature of the assault, nor the extent of the driver’s injuries or damage to his taxi.


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