Monday, 29 March 2010

Appeal after Lancaster taxi driver injured in robbery

Police are appealing for information after a taxi driver was injured during a robbery.

The driver had picked up two passengers from outside KFC in Penny Street, Lancaster, shortly before 10.30pm on Monday 22nd March. He took them to the Dolly Blue Tavern near Lancaster football ground, where the men then attacked him.

The driver had a seat belt pulled around his neck while the men tried unsuccessfully to take money from him. They then fled the scene, taking the driver’s mobile with them.

Both men were white and in their early twenties. One was described as being around 5ft 8 tall, of skinny build, with short dark hair, and wearing a dark top and jeans. The other was described as around 5ft 9, of stocky build and wearing a grey and white striped jumper and jeans.

Police have released CCTV footage showing a man that they would like to speak to in order to eliminate him from their inquiries.

DC Gareth Beaty, Lancaster CID, said: "The taxi driver sustained some bruising around his neck and was lucky not to have been injured more seriously. I would urge anyone with information about this incident to contact police."

• Contact police on 012524 63333.

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