Female taxi driver has knife held to throat

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There’s been widespread condemnation this morning of an attempted hijacking during which a female taxi driver had a knife held to her throat.

Around 2am this morning it was reported that a male youth threatened a female taxi driver as she drove him in her taxi from Rockmills to Carleton Court in Ballymagroarty via Abercorn Road. The taxi driver was asked to wait at an address in Abercorn Road whilst the youth entered 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 give the youth the keys and he subsequently made off.

Condemning the incident, Sinn Fein Councillor for the area Eric McGinley said: “This must have been a very frightening experience for the driver particularly as it happened in the early hours of the morning when there aren’t too many people about.

“People out trying to provide an essential service for our community should not be targeted in this way. I would urge anyone with even the slightest piece information to bring it forward straight away to police so this can’t happen again.”

SDLP Derry City Councillor Sean Carr has described the incident as despicable.

Colr. Carr said: “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. I appeal to anyone who knows anything about who did this to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked 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.