Taxi Crime Must be Stopped

Another taxi driver has been the victim of crime this past week. This incident happened in Edinburgh on Sunday. Two thieves held a taxi…

Another taxi driver has been the victim of crime this past week. This incident happened in Edinburgh on Sunday.

Two thieves held a taxi driver at knifepoint before robbing him, and stealing his car. The police have announced that they are after the thugs and have released descriptions of the two men.

The driver, a 53 year old, had gone to Stenhouse Place East at 16.15 on Sunday, where he then picked up two men. One of the men produced a knife and demanded money from the driver in a car park near Saughton Park.

The pair of thieves then drove off in his taxi, which was later found in Calder Gardens. The police have put out a statement to catch the men who are white, in their early 20s, and speak with local accents.

One of the men was 6ft 1in, of large build, clean shaven, and was wearing a dark coloured hat, whilst the other man was skinny, clean shaven with a black woolly hat, and was wearing a black fleece and jeans.

Police are now appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time, and may have witnessed the robbery, to contact them. They are also appealing for anyone to contact them who may have seen the black 54-plate Volkswagen Passat, covered by taxi insurance, being driven erratically nearby before it was then abandoned in Calder Gardens.

Furthermore, a Lothian and Borders Police spokesman has been quoted saying: “We have spoken to a number of people who were in the area and who witnessed the robbery, but we would appeal to anyone else who may have seen what happened to contact us.”

The spokesman went on to add the following: “In addition, we’d like to hear from anyone who might recognise the description of the two men involved, or who may have seen the car being driven erratically throughout the area.”

This incident continues a run of crime against taxi drivers that simply needs to stop. It’s a difficult and dangerous job, however, measures are in the pipeline to improve things.

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