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‘Hold-up’ fears for taxi crew

Police arrested an 18-year-old for holding up a taxi driver at knife-point.
Police arrested an 18-year-old for holding up a taxi driver at knife-point. APN

THERE are fears for the safety of Gladstone's taxi drivers, after an alleged hold-up in the city late on Tuesday.

Blue and White Taxi Company director Allan Rowe yesterday said his driver was receiving counselling following the alleged incident.

Police would not reveal how much was allegedly taken.

An 18-year-old man has been charged with one count each of unlawful entry of a vehicle, deprivation of liberty and armed robbery and was yesterday refused bail in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Police said a young man ordered a taxi from Barney Point and directed the driver to take him to Benaraby.

Once they arrived at the corner of the Bruce Hwy and Old Tannum Sands Rd, police alleged a man pulled a knife and demanded money from the driver.

Mr Rowe said it was the first alleged hold-up of one of his staff in a number of years.

"The driver did what he was trained to do: don't argue, don't fight, just hand over the money," he said. "He is a little shaken up and will receive counselling."

Mr Rowe said offences of this nature were extremely rare in Gladstone.

However, he conceded an event such as a robbery was enough for taxi drivers to reconsider their occupation.

"It does put second thoughts into their minds," he said. "Although 99% of the time, the Gladstone public are absolutely great.

"We hope the public realises the service taxi drivers provide and look after them."

It is believed the victim of the attack was assisted by two drivers passing by in the area.

The man remanded in custody is due to appear in court on August 5.

Topics:  gladstone, taxi




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