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Teenager in custody following assault on NI taxi driver

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Police investigating an assault on a taxi driver in the Glebe Gardens area of Strabane in the early hours of this morning, Monday, 13 January have arrested an 18 year old male.

At approximately 1.00am the taxi driver picked up a fare in the Abercorn Square area of Strabane and took him to Glebe Gardens where the male passenger proceeded to assault the taxi driver and cause damage to his vehicle.

The injured man was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.

Detectives would appeal to anyone who witnessed this assault or anyone who has information that could assist police with their enquiries, to contact detectives at Strabane on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 89 13/01/20. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

Taking to social media earlier this afternoon a spokesperson for Street Cars Strabane said “At approximately 1.15 am this morning, one of our drivers lifted a fare in Strabane town and was instructed to take the fare to The Glebe area of Sion Mills.

On arrival at an address in The Glebe, our driver was viciously attacked by the male he was driving to this destination, and the horrifying outcome of this attack is plain for all to see.

The nature of attacks such as this and others have no place in our society. We work in a difficult industry at the best of times, and the financial gain is petty in return.
Attacks such as this are no different to attacks on medical staff or emergency service providers. We work alone and too many times we are exposed to certain threats that remain between the driver and the fare.

I personally have decided to put up a cash reward to anyone with information on this brutal attack. Although this happened at 1.15 am, it took place in a built up area and I’m certain it was witnessed by someone in the park concerned. Any information submitted to me will be treated with anonymity.

I wish to offer our driver a swift recovery and to relay to him that the thoughts of everyone in our firm, and indeed most people in our town are with him and his family at this difficult time.”

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