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JAIL FOR ROBBER WHO ATTACKED LEICESTER CABBIE WITH HAMMER DURING SIX-DAY BENDER


An attacker high on drink and drugs hit a taxi driver on the head with a hammer before robbing him of cash. The Leicester Mercury reports that a self- employed taxi driver picked Jason Neal, 48, up in Loughborough and took him to a remote spot at the cricket ground on the afternoon of November 22. Neal’s hoodie was pulled over his head and he was wearing a surgical mask. On the way he confirmed the driver could change a £20 note, to check the cabbie had cash on him. As the driver turned into the driveway, he felt a blow to the left side of his head. He stopped and turned to see the defendant holding a hammer, with a foot long wooden han- dle, and tried to grab it but the defendant pulled it away and said: “I want the money.” The driver handed over a linen bag containing around £30 but the defendant asked “where’s the rest of it?” The injured


JAIL FOR TYNESIDE CONMAN WHO FLEECED CABBIES MULTIPLE TIMES


Cabbie conman Christopher Stuart has been jailed for fleecing taxi drivers yet again. According to ChronicleLive, Stuart is banned from using taxis on Tyneside after racking up more than 50 convic- tions for making off without payment. But he has been back up to his old tricks - even conning drivers out of further money by asking for change of £20 notes. After getting them to give him lifts, often to buy drugs, he left without paying the fare or giving them the £20 back. Now the 31-year-old, of High Heaton, Newcastle, has been jailed for 16 months for breaching his criminal behaviour order, theft and making off without payment. Newcastle Crown Court heard it was in August 2019 that he was sentenced for similar matters and was given the order banning him from using cabs. But on September 15 last year he asked a cabbie from Five Star Taxis if he could give him change for a £20 note then walked off, never to return. On November 24 he played the same trick on a driver from LA Taxis leaving a bank card as a surety for £20 and after entering the wrong pin number he gave a fictitious address to could go for payment of the £38 he owed. Stuart was later recognised from a newspaper article.


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cabbie driver got out and shouted for help but no-one was around. Neal eventually made off leaving his partner’s mobile phone and a scarf, with his DNA on, in the taxi. The cabbie called the police and went to hospital. Neal was arrested at hospital the following day, where he was claiming to be the victim of an assault. In interview he said he’d been on a “six day bender” and had little memory of events. He later pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing an offen- sive weapon


In a victim impact statement the taxi driver said he felt scared it would happen again and was wary of certain cus- tomers, and had inquiried about alternative employment. Sentencing, Judge Philip Head said: “You have 71 offences on your record, overwhelmingly for dishonesty and I’m con- fident most of those were due to drug addiction. “You targeted a vulnerable person because taxi drivers are known to have money on them and they work alone.” Neal was jailed for four and a half years.


THREE YEARS’ JAIL FOR HULL MAN WHO ROBBED ‘COVID’ CABBIE


A man robbed a taxi driver and blamed him for bringing Covid to the UK. The Hull Daily Mail reports that drunk Ricky Londesborough, 26, and his friend had been picked up by a taxi in April last year. The driver started to feel uncomfortable when he was asked about his nationality and was told what route he should take. When they arrived at the destination the driver asked the two men for the £9 fare. “I knew you would rip me off,” said Londesborough. “You lot brought this virus to us.” The other passenger went to give the driver the money. However, Londesborough told him to not pay and held up a bottle of beer saying: “I’m going to get money off him”. Londesborough jumped into the front and started searching the dashboard whilst holding up the bottle. The driver attempted to push him away but he took the driver’s work phone. It was at this point that the other passenger dragged Londesborough out of the car allowing the driver to escape. Londesbrough was captured after his brother contacted the taxi company to give back the driver’s work phone. The incident left the victim “traumatised” and “terrified” that he was going to be hit over the head with the bottle. Londesborough, who has six convictions for 19 offences was sentenced to three years in prison for the robbery.


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