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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Two men held after taxi driver hijacked at knifepoint

Barry Duggan

TWO men have been arrested by gardai after a taxi driver was hijacked and forced at knifepoint on a terrifying ordeal across two counties.

Gardai in Limerick are today questioning two suspects who they believe held the taxi driver captive in his own car in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The terrifying incident began on Saturday night around 10.20pm when the taxi-driver was hailed by the two men at St Nessan’s Road in the Dooradoyle suburb of Limerick city.

The pair then asked to be taken to nearby Russell Court area.

After travelling to a number of locations in the city, the taxi-driver was told to travel to the Cratloe Woods area in Clare and then onto Sixmilebridge.

At Sixmilebridge, a knife was produced by one of the two men and the driver was threatened and ordered to return to Limerick city.

It is understood the knife was held to his side as the taxi made its way back into the city.

The taxi-driver was forced from his vehicle near the Crescent shopping centre on the southside of the city and the two men drove off in the direction of Garryowen rugby club.

The culprits were only arrested hours later yesterday following a garda chase on the outskirts of the city. Both men are from the Mid-West area.

They are being questioned by investigating officers at Roxboro garda station. The taxi-driver is said to have suffered “a horrendous ordeal”, but was unharmed during his ordeal.

The taxi has also been recovered.

It is expected that the two men will face charges in connection with the incident.

Investigations are continuing.

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