Asian taxi wars
Taxi firm attacked by gang
A GANG of armed men smashed up a taxi firm during a burglary in Heywood, Lancashire.
At about 10.25pm on Tuesday, at least three men entered Britannia Cars on Cowburn Street armed with baseball bats. One of the men was carrying a silver baseball bat and he threatened to harm the taxi base operator if she did not lie on the floor.
The gang then began smashing up the premises using the bats. Nothing was stolen during the incident and the men then fled in a car. The man carrying the baseball bat was described as Asian, about 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall, about 35-years-old and wearing a dark coloured tracksuit and dark coloured gloves. He spoke with an Asian voice mixed with a Mancunian accent. There is no description of the rest of the gang.
Detective Constable Damien McLaughlin, of Rochdale CID, said: "While there were no physical injuries to the operator, she was obviously left very upset and frightened after her ordeal. To threaten anyone with weapons is a cowardly act, but to use those weapons and smash the place up while a woman lay defenceless on the floor shows these offenders have no respect for anyone.
"Inquiries are ongoing to identify and trace these offenders and I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward." Anyone with information is asked to call Rochdale CID on 0161 856 4646 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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Taxi war anyone? The law of the jungle reigns supreme when those involved in largely cash-only enterprises fall out. (For the lawyers: I'm not saying that's the case, here.) Time for HMRC , police and DVLA, to target taxi firm operators, owners, and the drivers, many of whom are trousering large amounts of undeclared earnings.
Laura Norder, Didsbury29/02/2008 at 11:51
I wish that I had freedom of speech on this site to submit a comment on this matter that would not be censered.
David,North M/C29/02/2008 at 11:10