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Taxi row escalates into robbery and assault

Plymouth cabbie may be able to help

Police investigating a report of robbery and assault in the early hours of Sunday morning last week in Plymouth have issued an appeal to find a taxi driver in whose cab a dispute broke out.

Two related incidents involving the same suspected offender took place starting in the back of the vehicle whilst it was near Eggbuckland Road, in the Efford area of the city, between 4 and 4.30 a.m. on Sunday 19 September.

Two sets of passengers, who were not known to each other, were travelling in a black-coloured taxi when they became involved in a row with each other over payment.

It was reported that a man aged in his fifties was grabbed and had his iPhone taken off him.

When the victim and his friends subsequently exited the vehicle, a woman in the party, aged in her 20s, was pushed to the ground.

The suspect, a man, then got back into the taxi and left the area.

Police are appealing for the taxi driver to come forward as it is believed they would have witnessed the incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/081531/21.

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