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WORLDWIDE from Ireland


IRISH CABBIE STRIPPED DOWN TO BOXERS AND LEFT FREEZING AS CAR HIJACKED


A cabbie was threatened, stripped down to his boxers and left out on the road on one of the coldest mornings in years after being hijacked by crazed thugs. The Irish Sun reports that the terrifying incident happened at around 6am on Saturday 9 January The driver had picked up two other people, who had no involvement in the incident, and dropped them to an area in west Dublin. It was after they had paid their fare and left the car when the driver was targeted by two other men, who are believed to have been intoxicated. They jumped in and hijacked the vehicle, threatening the cabbie with what’s understood to have been a blade. They held the man hostage in the car for a time period and even made him strip down to his boxer shorts. He was then dumped on the side of the road in the Mayne townland area of Co Meath, between Clonee and Dunboyne, without his clothes in freezing temperatures. That Saturday morning was one of the coldest in years, with temperatures plunging to nearly -9C in places. A source said: “This was a shocking attack on a man who was only trying to do his job. He was left on the side of the road in arctic conditions with no clothes. "He was very lucky not to have suffered serious complica- tions or death from hypothermia in those conditions." The man managed to raise the alarm and gardai picked him up. He later gave the details of the incident to investi- gators.


It is understood he did not suffer serious physical harm at the hands of the attackers but has been left severely shaken and traumatised by the incident.


Along with some personal belongings, the cash he had in the car for work purposes was also stolen.


from Dubai


DUBAI AIRPORT TO OFFER LONDON TAXI SERVICE


Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced it is to launch the ‘London Taxi’ model service using the hybrid vehicles this year. The new LEVC TX taxi is characterised by a semi-curved shape and black colour that mimic the iconic London cab


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operating in the British capital. The RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTA) will start the ‘Lon- don Taxi’ service on trial from February and the service will be available at the Dubai International Airport. The vehicles seat up to six passengers, and are fitted with Wi- Fi, as well as sat-nav, and voice command, forward-collision, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems. The vehicles can be charged in as little as 30 minutes, and feature a dual-engine system “for better control of the vehi- cle under different climate conditions”, and regenerative braking to increase driving distances between charging. DTC is also extending its use of “big data and AI” to vehicles at the airportl, with taxis fitted with devices including “a sys- tem to stop the vehicle by the control centre in emergencies, a backup tracking system, and a vehicle distribution and scheduling system”.


from South Africa


SUSPECTS PURSUED BY POLICE THROW STOLEN COWS OUT OF MOVING TAXI


Cattle chaos in KwaZulu-Natal. Police in the South African province said stolen cattle were thrown out of a moving taxi as suspects tried to evade arrest on Thursday 8 January 2021. The South African reports that police officers from the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit were conducting operations in the area when they received information about a Toyota Quan- tum travelling in Karkloof with four, allegedly stolen, cattle. With the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, the vehicle was pursued. During the chase, the suspects pro- ceeded on a gravel road towards New Hanover. “In an attempt to evade police, the suspects threw three cows out of the moving taxi. Their vehicle crashed near the farm hostels and the suspects fled the scene on foot,” said Captain Nqobile Gwala. While the cattle were rescued and returned to their lawful owner, they did also sustain slight injuries. Police later impounded a taxi with false registration plates for further investigation. Investigations on the scene revealed that the livestock was stolen in the Rietvlei area. A charge of animal cruelty will also be added and police are still searching for the suspects.


FEBRUARY 2021


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