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Sunday 17 December 2017

Passenger hijacks taxi driver at knife point

Aine de Paor

A TAXI driver was forced to drive 200km at knife point after his car was hijacked.

The journey began when the driver picked up a fare in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, early on Monday morning.

He was told to drive to Roscommon town but en route the male passenger produced a knife.

The taximan's three-hour ordeal began as he was told to drive to Limerick by his abductor. Along the way he was threatened by the passenger, who gardai described as being six foot tall with closely cropped dark hair and glasses.

On reaching the city, the driver was ordered out of the car. The passenger then drove off leaving the traumatised taximan at the side of the road.

The car was later recovered by gardai. Detectives were last night hunting the man, who they say is dangerous.

Gardai can be reached at 061 214340.

Irish Independent

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