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Taxi driver praised for helping police catch robber

A courageous cabbie who confronted robbers as they fled a Kingshurst BP garage following a raid has been praised by police for his quick-thinking actions

A courageous cabbie who confronted robbers as they fled a Kingshurst BP garage following a raid has been praised by police for his quick-thinking actions.

The cabbie tried to stop one of the thieves outside the Chester Road filling station - after they threatened staff and stole a haul of cigarettes - but ended up driving after them when one of them struggled free.

The driver followed them into nearby Ellice Drive and relayed his location to 999 operators who directed officers to the scene.

As a result, a man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and assaulting a police officer after one of the constables was punched during a struggle.

Det Con Joel Mildinhall, from Force CID, said: “If it wasn’t for the bravery of staff and the witness, both of these men could have got away with a substantial amount of cash last night.

“The taxi driver in particular should be praised for his quick-thinking actions, stepping in and risking his own safety for the greater good.

“Whilst we would never encourage people to put themselves in a position where they feel threatened or fearful for their own safety, often when people see a crime being committed, they act instinctively to intervene and help out.”

Anyone with information about the incident, which happened on May 9 at 9.30pm, should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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