Hatfield cabbies attacked at knifepoint

PUBLISHED: 14:19 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

FOUR taxi drivers have been attacked at knifepoint in a string of armed robberies. All had knives held to their throats and one had his car stolen and torched, during the shocking strikes. One cabbie was stabbed in the hand, head and chest during a raid

FOUR taxi drivers have been attacked at knifepoint in a string of armed robberies.

All had knives held to their throats and one had his car stolen and torched, during the shocking strikes.

One cabbie was stabbed in the hand, head and chest during a raid, in Hatfield on Thursday.

He picked up the men from a phone box in Chelwood Avenue, was threatened and had his black Toyota cab taken.

It was later found burnt out in Ely Close.

The AAA Taxis' driver was hospitalised and his family, who were holidaying abroad, rushed home to be at his bedside.

Boss Shaz Zaman said: "I'm very concerned; the whole trade has been shook-up."

A White Lion Taxi driver was struck at 9pm on Friday after a call to the Eight Bells pub in Old Hatfield.

One of the firm's owners said: "One got in the front and he was quite chatty, the other got in the back.

"They grabbed him from behind, put the knife to his throat and said 'Sorry but we need your money'."

In a third attack last Tuesday, a driver picked up a fare from Hatfield train station.

His car keys and jewellery, including a diamond-encrusted watch and ring, were taken.

A police source told the WHT: "We believe they are going round as a gang, one of them pulls the knife from the seat behind him and puts it across his throat.

"Another one sitting in the passenger seat then holds a knife to his leg."

Simon Davies, from Simon Cabs, was also attacked at knifepoint in April and believes the attacks are becoming increasingly violent.

He said: "It's very worrying for the trade. All drivers should be extremely vigilant.

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