Appeal after taxi driver is robbed in Lancashire

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Police are appealing for information after a taxi driver was robbed by three passengers in the early hours of Tuesday February 4 2014.

The robbery took place around 4am when three men flagged down a silver Vauxhall Vectra taxi outside the bus station on Bacup Road and asked the 34 year old driver to take them to Bacup town centre.

A fare was agreed and the men gave a mobile phone as a deposit stating that they would pay the rest on arrival.

During the journey the men have become aggressive towards the taxi driver and demanded their phone back. The men have then pulled the hand-brake causing the taxi to stop.

The front passenger has taken £40 cash from the drivers hand before all three offenders have got out of the taxi.

The driver also got out and the rear passenger began to pull the taxi light off the top of the taxi whilst another of the men struck the driver to the face with a belt whilst demanding their phone back.

The driver has given the men back their phone but was struck again with the buckle of the belt before one of the men has smashed the rear driver’s window using the same buckle.

All three offenders have then made off down Union Street.

DC Sarah Tucker from Burnley CID said: “Throughout this incident the taxi driver was subjected to racist abuse. He was then attacked and robbed.

“This is a despicable incident and we need the public’s help to catch the men responsible.

“Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101.”