Luton taxi driver forced out of car at knifepoint

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A taxi driver was forced out of his own vehicle at knifepoint in a “horrific” crime last week.

The shocking incident took place on Thursday, August 13 as the taxi driver collected a man from Bury Park at around 10pm and was asked to go to Butlin Road, where two other men were collected.

The men asked the taxi driver to go to a cash point. While driving down Oak Road, one of the men allegedly grabbed the victim from behind, while another threatened with him with the knife.

He was dragged out of the taxi, and the offenders drove off in the vehicle.

The taxi was later recovered in Hillside Road.

Detective Constable Rachel Lydon, investigating, said: “This was a horrific and appalling crime with no obvious motive, and one which has left the victim understandably shaken. These men are potentially dangerous and we are urging anyone who may be able to help us identify them to get in touch immediately.

“As the taxi driver was dragged from the cab, he managed to sound the horn on several occasions. I’m appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard the disturbance to contact us.”

The three men are all described as white and in their 30s or 40s.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Lydon on 101, text 07786 200 011, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.