Taxi driver robbed after faked crash

The taxi driver was attacked at the junction of Gamble Road and Clydebank Road
The taxi driver was attacked at the junction of Gamble Road and Clydebank Road
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A ROBBERY in which a taxi driver was attacked after a cyclist pretended he had been hit by his car has sparked a police alert to drivers.

Three attackers fled with just £10 - but the 39-year-old victim suffered facial injuries after being punched during the robbery.

He was turning from Clydebank Road into Gamble Road, Buckland, when a cyclist appeared to come off his bike in front of the taxi.

The driver stopped, left his taxi and was then threatened by the cyclist and another two men.

They punched him, demanded money and took the keys from the ignition of the taxi.

The robbers then fled with the £10 into Nessus Street, but one man returned to retrieve the bike.

Police say initial inquiries have revealed there was no contact between the cyclist and the taxi.

Det Con Pete Bugden is investigation the robbery, which happened at about 10:30pm on October 4.

He said: ‘This was a cowardly planned attack targeting a taxi driver who was working.

‘Further enquiries have established there were witnesses in the area at the time of the robbery.

‘Six people were walking along Gamble Road in a group, including a blonde woman in a light top, a man on a bicycle and a young child, possibly aged around five.

‘A vehicle stopped behind the taxi at the time. Assistance from the occupants of that vehicle is sought in particular.’

The three suspects are believed to be aged in their late teens to early 20s, all of medium build and around 5ft 8 in tall.

The cyclist is described as black, with black frizzy hair. He wore a red top and was riding a blue mountain bike.

The other two men are white. One one of them was wearing a light coloured top.

Contact Det Con Bugden with information on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.