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Taxi driver threatened with knife in carjack

A TAXI driver was threatened at knife point in a car-jacking incident by two men looking to go to a rave party.

The drama unfolded at 4am yesterday when the taxi driver was held and threatened by two men in the Park West area near Ballyfermot in Dublin.

The driver managed to free himself and escaped unharmed before the two males drove off in the vehicle.

The car was abandoned and recovered a short distance from the scene by gardai.

The Herald understands they were attempting to make their way to a rave party at an industrial estate when they hijacked the taxi.

During a follow-up operation, two men aged in their 20s were arrested by investigating gardai in the west-Dublin area a short time later.

The gardai in Ballyfermot are investigating the incident.

A source said: "It looks like the two boys were headed to a rave in an industrial warehouse, and they were looking for a way to get there."

It is understood that they are from the north inner city, with addresses in Dublin 7. Both are known to gardai and have a string of previous convictions.

The taxi driver was lucky to escape with no serious injuries arising from the incident.

The two men who were arrested by investigating gardai are being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Ballyfermot Garda Station.

There have been a spate of car jacking incidents already this year.

A survey earlier this year found that more than half of Irish drivers want a security feature on cars that 'tasers' prospective thieves.

Some 56pc of motorists said in a poll that they would be in favour of 'Robotic Offensive Security', which shocks the thief leaving them immobile for 30 minutes.

And 78pc of the 16,500 respondents said they had no sympathy for this type of criminal and would back this kind of deterrent. However, one person labelled such a security feature as "barbaric".