Sunday 17 December 2017

Taxi driver caught up in terrifying incident

Taxi driver had an object put to his throat after picking up fare

Gardai at Dundalk station are investigating
Gardai at Dundalk station are investigating

Olivia Ryan

A 66 year old Dundalk taxi driver was caught up in a shocking attempted robbery as he picked up a fare in town over the weekend.

Gardai confirmed they are investigating the incident where a man was in a taxi on Park Street at around 1.15a.m on Sunday morning last, July 2nd.

The attacker was reported to have threatened the taxi driver, putting an object to his throat. The driver was physically unharmed, but described as 'very shaken' after what gardai described as an 'attempted robbery'.

A garda spokesman said they are 'following a definite line of enquiry' and are appealing for any witnesses who may have been in Park Street at that time to make contact with them on 042 93 35577 or through the garda confidential line 1800 666 111.

Meanwhile gardai carried out a total of 34 searches of people and premises under the Drugs Act.

In the most significant incident, officers uncovered an estimated €9,000 of cannabis and €1,000 in cash following the search of a house on Bellewsbridge Road.

A man and a woman were questioned in relation to the find.

Gardai responded to 17 reports of theft, including break ins to cars over the last week.

'We would like to warn people not to leave valuables behind in cars.'

The spokesman warned that thieves are taking advantage of the time of year, where people are parking up at scenic locations, and leaving items behind in their vehicle.

Gardai made just one arrest in relation to drink driving over the last week, after a 39 year old man was stopped along the Inner relief Road.

With a reduction in the number of detections for drink driving, the spokesman added: 'It is hoped the message is getting through that you should never, ever drink and drive.'

In a separate incident, gardai issued an ASBO (Anti Social Behaviour Order) to a woman in relation to begging in the town centre.

The Argus

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