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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:03 pm 
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Police arrest two men after reports of attack on taxi driver in South Shields

Police have arrested two men after reports a taxi driver was attacked and robbed. Northumbria Police said the two men were arrested after the alleged incident took place in the early hours of Saturday, April 11.

The incident is said to have taken place in Osborne Avenue, South Shields, at around 3am. Both men, aged 30 and 21, were arrested on Sunday, April 12, on suspicion of robbery.

Officers said the taxi driver attended hospital for injuries said to have been sustained during the attack.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “At 3.07am on Saturday, April 11, we received a report of an assault on a taxi driver at Osborne Avenue, South Shields.

“The driver, who later brought himself to hospital, reported being assaulted by two male passengers who also stole £130 in cash. “Two men, aged 30 and 21, were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of robbery.”

Inquiries into the incident are still ongoing.

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I suppose in the current climate there will be a lot out there desperate for money so this is always likely but I'm amazed the driver had that much on him :shock:

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:16 pm 
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I suppose in the current climate there will be a lot out there desperate for money so this is always likely but I'm amazed the driver had that much on him :shock:

Or had it all in the same place/pocket. #-o

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Two have now been charged.

https://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/cri ... ds-2607262

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South Shields taxi driver battered unconscious by hammer-wielding robbers who stole his takings for drugs

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A taxi driver was battered unconscious by hammer-wielding robbers who stole his takings to buy drugs.

The cabbie was called to pick up attackers Marc Mackie and Connor Sinclair but when he arrived, he was subjected to a terrifying attack.

A court heard one of them attacked him while the other rummaged around and stole £130 he had earned.

The victim, who lost consciousness for a time, was left with a broken nose, cuts to his face and swelling behind his ear, which has left him with hearing loss..

Now Mackie and Sinclair have been branded dangerous by a judge as they were locked up at Newcastle Crown Court.

Alec Burns, prosecuting, said it was around 2.20am on April 11 when the taxi driver was sent to a job outside a Chinese takeaway on Osborne Avenue, South Shields.

Mr Burns told the court: "When he got there, one of the men claimed he had a flat tyre and he got out to look and went round the back of the car.

"One of the defendants got in the back but got out quickly and they both attacked him, striking him to the head and face.

"They grabbed him and he saw one of the men had a hammer in his hand and the defendant punched him in the face with his free hand.

"The other man was in the car looking for money and asking where it was. In fact they had all of the money, £130."

The victim, whose shoes came off in the attack, went to hospital, where he was found to have a broken nose, which required stitches, cuts to his temple and mouth and swelling behind his ear.

CCTV was recovered showing Sinclair returning home with the hammer and covered in blood.

The taxi driver said in a victim impact statement that his hearing had not returned to normal six months after the attack and he is worried it may be a permanent impairment.

He still has no feeling in the tip of his nose, which was stitched.

Mr Burns said: "He says he didn't think it would happen to him by a customer.

"He says if the people had asked him, he would have given them money, they didn't have to do this.

"He is now scared to work and his family fear him going to work in case it happens again. He fears he will get even more seriously injured.

"He feels the physical and psychological impact will stay with him and his family for some time to come."

Mackie, 31, and Sinclair, 22, both of Beach Road, South Shields, admitted robbery. Mackie also admitted possessing a knife when he was arrested.

Mackie, who has 20 previous convictions, including a shop robbery in 2018 and Sinclair, who has 49 previous convictions, were both branded dangerous by Judge Amanda Rippon.

The judge locked up Mackie for six years plus and extended licence period of a further two years. He must serve at least two-thirds of the six years as he is classed as dangerous.

Sinclair was jailed for five years and two months with an extended licence period of a further two years and eight months. He must serve at least two-thirds of the five years two months.

Judge Rippon said: "This was a planned attack by you on a taxi driver, a man working to provide a public service and necessarily vulnerable, as a result, to this kind of attack.

"Taxi drivers deserve, and will get, the court's protection.

"You both hit him about the head as he sat in the driver's seat and he was dragged out of the car and lost consciousness for a short time and his shoes came off.

"He suffered a nasty head injury, a broken nose with cuts and swelling.

"He could see a hammer in the hand he was clenching onto, in the hand of one of the attackers, and he thought he was going to die.

"You did all of this for some money for a few drugs. For £130 you caused all this pain and suffering."

The court heard Mackie used to be in the army but was dishonourably discharged after assaulting two colleagues.

Gavin Doig, defending, said: "He has shown himself unable to control his substance misuse.

"There is good in this young man. He served in the army for a number of years after leaving school."

Christopher Knox, for Sinclair, said he "fell through gaps in the system and has had Covid-19 while remanded in custody.

Sinclair was asked to read a letter he had written, in which he said: "I'm disgusted with myself for what I put the poor taxi driver through and I accept everything that's coming to me.

"I would like to say sorry to the taxi driver. This should not have happened. I know saying sorry won't change anything but I really am sorry."

He added that he is getting help for anger and alcohol issues and is embarrassed with himself.

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here's hoping they serve the full sentence!

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