Taxi trade sympathy for cash raid cabbie
Taxi drivers in Rutherglen and Glasgow have said their thoughts are with the cab driver who was robbed on Saturday evening.
The taxi driver collected three men from Govanhill at around 8.20pm on February 27 and was subjected to racist abuse before the men threatened him and demanded money.
The 35 year old stopped the cab on the hard shoulder of the M74 near junction two and got out when the trio stole cash and a radio and ran off.
The taxi driver was uninjured but has been left badly shaken by the incident.
Paul Muir, the general manager of Hampden Cars, said he did not know the driver but was sorry to hear of his ordeal.
“This seems a random incident,” Mr Muir said. “Most of our cars are tracked and we specialise in women’s safety so everything is tracked and recorded at all times.
“Our calls are recorded so we know where our cars are and who is calling them.
“This wasn’t the first [robbery] and it won’t be the last.”
The suspects are described as white with local accents, between the ages of 17 and 25 with short hair. All are described as having a medium build and around 5 ft 10 inches in height, wearing dark coloured clothing.
Detectives are appealing for information and believe the three men are also responsible for a second robbery in Rutherglen on Saturday night
At around 8.40pm at Baronald Street a 24-year-old man was trying to enter a common close when two men approached him from behind, threatened him and demanded money. A third man was also at the location.
Police are in the process of obtaining CCTV images for reviewing and are trying to piece together the movements of this group of men. Officers are also investigating a report of a vandalism which occurred around 8.55pm in the Tesco car park on Dalmarnock Road where a car was damaged.
Detective Constable Neil Dooher said: “It’s clear from their actions that these men think they are above the law but I can assure you that is not the case.
“A team of detectives is in the process of reviewing CCTV images from around these locations, gathering additional information and finding new lines of enquiry.
“The behaviour of these men is unacceptable and I am appealing to local residents within these areas to speak to us and pass on any information they may have.
“Did you see these men, do you know them? Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could prove important in our investigation, please do get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at Rutherglen Police Office on 101.
People who wish to remain anonymous can also pass on information by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where the anonymity of callers can be maintained.
A Rutherglen man is alleged to have had a controlled drug on his possession with the intent to supply it to a woman.
John Charles Wilson, 56, of Kilmore Drive, is alleged to have offered to supply diamorphine, to a female at Coplaw Street on September 21, 2015.
He is also charged with having the class A drug on his possession with the intent to supply.
Wilson is alleged to have committed the offences while he was on bail.
This week at Glasgow Sheriff Court, the accused pled not guilty.
Trial diet was set for March 23. A 50-year-old man has been charged with causing serious injury to a man after allegedly kicking him on the body.
David Linning denies punching the man on the head and kicking him during an attack at Elmore Avenue, Glasgow, on August 30, 2015.
Linning of Raithburn Avenue, Castlemilk, pleaded not guilty to the assault charge when he appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday, February 16.
At the same hearing Daniel Linning, of the same address, pleaded not guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner in the same incident.
The 18 year old, together with Jack Loughlan, 20, also of Raithburn Avenue, denied causing the man to suffer fear or alarm by shouting swearing and uttering threats.
All three men will stand trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court on March 15. Robbery The three men stole cash and a radio when the car pulled over near Junction two of the M74