Taxi driver robbed in Rugby

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A TAXI driver was robbed after he was lured to a house in Reservoir Road in Rugby.

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after cash was stolen from the man at 1.55am on Thursday morning.

Officers believe the offenders used a telephone kiosk on Boughton Road to call the taxi to the dummy address in Reservoir Road.

As soon as the taxi arrived a male opened the drivers door and stabbed the taxi driver in the leg demanding cash.

The offender who was dressed in dark clothing and wearing a balaclava, stole a small amount of cash and the car keys before running off to the bottom of Reservoir Road which is a cul de sac and onto a footpath, when the taxi driver sounded his horn.

The offender is believed to have left the footpath near Coniston Close.

Immediately following the incident, the police helicopter and a dog team searched the area and the car keys were recovered. Officers are checking CCTV and carrying out house to house enquiries.

The taxi driver suffered a 1.5cm puncture wound to his leg and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the robbery or who saw anyone use the phone kiosk in Boughton Road as well as witnesses who saw anyone wearing dark clothing hanging about either outside the telephone kiosk in Boughton Road or in Reservoir Road in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Community Protection Officers have alerted taxi drivers in the area to this incident via the Taxi Watch alert scheme offering advice on how to improve their safety.

Any witnesses are please asked to contact DC 720 Sarah Collier on 01926 415000 ext 4169 voicemail 10720 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.