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Man arrested in Donegal after robbery and assault on taxi driver in Derry

The man held a taxi driver a knifepoint and forced him to drive across the border to Donegal.

Image: Mark Stedman via RollingNews.ie

A 25-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested in Donegal following a robbery and an assault on a taxi driver in Derry on Saturday night.

The PSNI received a report that a shop on Culmore Road in Derry had been robbed at knifepoint at around 7.30pm.

Witnesses told the PSNI that after the man left the shop, he pulled a knife on a taxi driver and forced him to take him across the border.

The PSNI contacted An Garda Síochána and alerted them to the situation. Gardaí located the taxi near Muff, Co Donegal.

The taxi driver was assaulted during the ordeal and required eight staples to a head wound, according to the PSNI.

Gardaí from Buncrana arrested the 25-year-old man in Muff on suspicion of robbery and false imprisonment.

He is currently in custody in Buncrana under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

“I would like to thank all of those witnesses who were able to provide information that allowed police services on both sides of the border to liaise quickly and effectively to bring about this arrest,” PSNI Detective Sergeant Brian Reid said.

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