Attack on taxi could have ‘threatened life’

The owner of a taxi company in Limavady has blasted those behind an attack on one of his drivers at the weekend when a stone was thrown at the vehicle and a back window shattered.

The incident happened as the taxi was travelling along the Ballyquin Road in the town around 9.30pm on Sunday. Luckily, the passenger was not physically injured.

The taxi proprietor, who didn’t want to be named, said; “Once again, the travelling public and those endeavouring to make a living in these times by taxiing were put in danger by the feral youths who either reside in the Glens area or use it to carry out these life-threatening acts of attacking taxis by using either empty beer bottles or cans and stones and, in inclement weather, snowballs, as weapons.

“I contend that people who live in the area know who the perpetrators are and can identify them but are afraid of speaking up or coming forward,” he said, stressing there are very many good law-abiding citizens living in the Glens area.

The businessman called on residents’s groups in the area to help identify those behind such acts. He believed the acts are being carried out by “out of control” youths and warned serious injury or death could have been caused on Sunday because of such an “irresponsible” act.

Anyone who could identify the culprit or provide any information is asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.