Taxi trade sym­pa­thy for cash raid cab­bie

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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