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Dublin: 6 °C Sunday 17 November, 2019

Woman taxi driver threatened with knife in attempted hijacking

The attack has been described as “absolutely despicable”.

Image: Abercorn Road, Derry via Google Maps

IN THE EARLY hours of this morning a female taxi driver was attacked in an attempted hijacking in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry.

At around 2am the taxi driver picked up a young man and brought him from Rockmills to Abercorn Road.

She was asked to wait at an address in Abercorn Road while he went into a house before proceeding on towards Carleton Court  - where he produced a knife and held it to the driver’s neck and demanded the keys for the car.

The driver refused to hand the keys over and the young man got out of the taxi and made off on foot.

He is described as:

  • being around 17 years old,
  • 5’5″ tall,
  • of slim build,
  • with short dark hair,
  • and was wearing a dark blue hooded top.

SDLP Derry City Councillor Sean Carr said, “What happened is absolutely despicable. First and foremost my thoughts are with the victim, who must have been left badly shaken by what can only be described as a traumatic and frightening ordeal, and I hope she recovers quickly.

It is disgusting to think someone out doing an honest night’s work was subjected to such horror.

Investigating the incident, Detective Constable Moyne said, “I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to contact police in Strand Road on the non emergency number 101. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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