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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Two held after taxi is hijacked at knife-point

Two men are in Garda custody today after a taxi driver was robbed and his car stolen.

The attack happened in Ballymun in the early hours of this morning.

The driver of the car, a man in his 60s, had picked up the two men on O'Connell Street in Dublin city centre at around 2.30am.

One of the men sat in the passenger seat of the taxi, while the second man sat in the back of the Peugeot car, behind the driver.

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They asked to be taken to the Poppintree area of Ballymun.

But once they arrived there they told the driver to take them to the nearby St Margaret's Road.

When the driver got to St Margaret's Road the passenger in the back of the car threatened him with a knife and robbed him of a small amount of cash, which he had earned during his shift.

The raider then told the driver to get out of the car while still threatening him with the knife.

After the driver got out of the car the second passenger then moved to the driver's seat and drove the car away from the scene.

The shaken driver immediately contacted gardai and in a follow-up search of the area the taxi was recovered near the Harristown bus depot.

Gardai also arrested two men, one aged 20 and one aged 21.

They were taken to Mountjoy Garda Station, where they are being questioned today.

The taxi driver was not injured in the hijacking but was said to be shocked at the knife-point robbery.

All the property and money taken in the raid was recovered.

The hijacking is the latest in a spate of thefts from taxi drivers. Such crimes have been on the increase in Dublin in recent months.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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