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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:38 pm 
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Well this is all a bit bizarre - not the robbery as such, but arrested by armed police at council offices and with a press photographer in attendance? :-o

Suspect a lot more to this than just the taxi robbery :?

There's a brief video on the Advertiser's website of the suspects and police exiting the council offices, but I couldn't get it to play properly, although I doubt it shows much more than the photos.


Essex men arrested at Swindon council on suspicion of robbing taxi driver

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/new ... xi-driver/

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THIS is the moment an Essex man arrested on suspicion of robbing a Swindon taxi driver swore at a reporter.

He was one of three men arrested by armed police inside Swindon Borough Council offices on Princes Street on Wednesday afternoon.

It follows a terrifying robbery on Sunday that saw a taxi driver threatened with a machete by men on Corporation Street.

They stole £40 from the driver then got into a Fiat Punto that was travelling behind the taxi. The getaway car drove off towards the Transfer Bridges roundabout.

A spokeswoman for Wiltshire Police said: “At 1.25pm we received information which led to officers attending Wat Tyler House in Princes Street, Swindon.

“Three men, aged 21, 24 and 27, all from Essex, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

“They are currently in custody at Gablecross police station.

“A blue Fiat has also been seized as part of our enquiries.”

Following Sunday’s robbery Det Sgt Justin Downes said: “This was understandably very frightening for the driver and fortunately he wasn’t injured but was incredibly shaken up.

“We are really keen to hear from anyone who may be able to help – maybe you were driving in the area at the time and may have captured footage on a dash cam which could help. Please get in touch with any information by calling 101.”

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:01 pm 
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Very bizarre. :-k

Be interested to see the outcome of all of this.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:55 am 
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Nothing else here to suggest it was anything particularly out of the ordinary... :?


Men accused of robbing taxi driver of £40 appear before Swindon magistrates

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THREE men accused of robbing a taxi driver at the point of a machete appeared before Swindon magistrates.

Jordan Collins, 24, of Clemence Street, Tower Hamlets, Landen McCarthy, 31, of Silversea Drive, Southend-on-Sea, and Mitchell Rhodes, 27, of no fixed address, spoke only to confirm their personal details.

None of the men entered pleas to the robbery charge.

Collins and McCarthy were granted bail and Rhodes was remanded in custody. They are due before Swindon Crown Court n April 17 for a plea and pre-trial preparation hearing.

The men’s arrest follows an incident on the night of Sunday, March 1, when a taxi driver was allegedly threatened with machete by two of his passengers. The vehicle was on Corporation Street at the time.

The attackers were said to have fled with £40 cash, got into a getaway car being driven by a third man and sped off towards Transfer Bridges.

In the wake of the robbery, Det Sgt Justin Downes of Swindon CID said: “This was understandably very frightening for the driver and fortunately he wasn’t injured but was incredibly shaken up.”


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:03 pm 
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Men accused of robbing taxi driver of £40 to stand trial

TWO men will stand trial in October over allegations they robbed a Swindon taxi driver of approximately £40.

Appearing before Swindon Crown Court on Friday, Mitchell Rhodes, 27, of no fixed address, and Landen McCarthy, 31, of Silversea Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, pleaded not guilty to a single charge of robbery.

A third defendant, Jordan Collins, 24, of Clemence Street, Tower Hamlets, pleaded guilty.

The men are accused of robbing a taxi driver at knifepoint in Corporation Street, Swindon, on March 1 this year.

The trial is expected to last five days and will begin on October 12.

McCarthy – the only defendant present in person at court – was represented by Alec Small, Rhodes by Claire Mawer and Collins by Rob Ross at the plea hearing on Friday morning. Ian Fenny appeared for the Crown.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:14 pm 
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Swindon taxi robbery accused 'on pub date', jurors told

An Essex man accused of robbing a taxi driver with two friends told jurors he was on a date in Stratton at the time of the theft.

Mitchell Rhodes, 27, denies robbing the SN1 Cars driver at knifepoint in Alexandra Road, Broadgreen, after 10.30pm on March 1.

Yesterday, jurors at Swindon Crown Court heard claims he was at the Rat Trap pub in Highworth Road on a date at the time of the robbery.

He admitted having earlier that evening been with pals Jordan Collins and Landen McCarthy, who have already pleaded guilty to involvement in the crime.

Rhodes was caught on CCTV with the pair at Baileys Farm Gardens, Walcot, around 40 minutes before the theft. And earlier that day a CCTV camera at a Shell garage in Mead Way, West Swindon, pictured him with the blue Fiat Punto used as the getaway car.

But the jury was told Rhodes had been dropped off at the Rat Trap pub by Collins and McCarthy after they left Baileys Farm Gardens.

He had inadvertently left his phone in the car, which is why mobile phone mast data suggested his device was travelling with his friend’s phone. Rhodes’ phone had continued to receive and send texts, but he said his friends had sometimes used his phone when theirs had run out of credit.

The court was told it had not been possible for Rhodes to take part in a police identity parade, as the victim had left the UK for Pakistan when the pandemic hit. His only evidence before the jury was from his interview with detectives, which was video-recorded and played to the court earlier this week.

The taxi driver told police the attacker who had sat behind him in his cab, held a knife to his throat and demanded “give me the f***ing money” was white, of large build, aged 20 to 30 and had an orange-red messy beard.

At the time, Rhodes was 26 years old, 6ft 6ins and 22 stone and did not have a beard.

Rhodes, of no fixed address, denies robbery. McCarthy and Collins had already pleaded guilty to the charge, jurors were told.

The trial continues.

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