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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:16 pm 
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Pair charged over separate knifepoint robberies against taxi drivers are locked up

https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/new ... rs-locked/

TWO men charged with committing separate knifepoint robberies against taxi drivers within minutes of each other have been locked up.

Michael Glancy and Lee Gray are accused of carrying out the alleged hold-ups in Port Glasgow on Saturday April 18.

Detectives were hunting suspects following raids on two cabs at around 4am in different parts of the town.

Police said that the drivers of the vehicles had been left 'badly shaken' following the incidents.

Glancy, 35, and Gray, 37 — both of Port Glasgow — appeared separately in private on petition at Paisley Sheriff Court and made no plea.

It's alleged that a man wearing a black and white Halloween-type mask threatened one cabbie with a knife and grabbed a two-figure sum of money in Grampian Road at 3.50am.

In the other reported incident, police say the driver was robbed after taking a man from an address in Greenock to the Port.

A knifeman is alleged to have pulled a blade on the driver and then fled with the taxi's keys and a piece of equipment from the vehicle following a physical struggle.

Accused Gray appeared in court charged with two counts of alleged robbery and one of possession of a sharply pointed or bladed item.

Glancy is facing one charge of robbery, one of blade possession and another of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Sheriff Sukwhinder Gill has remanded both men in custody and has continued their cases for further examination.

They are both due to be back in the dock this next week.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:51 pm 
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This is almost certainly the same pair. So they robbed the pensioner yesterday (Monday) morning, but appeared in court the next day (Tuesday) charged with two knifepoint robberies on drivers just over a week previously. Possibly thought they'd gotten away with the two previous robberies, so got cocky with this pensioner.

But not charged with the robbery on the pensioner, yet, so could conceviably be an unrelated pair. But just too much of a coincidence. Port Glasgow nothing to do with the city of Glasgow, and population less than 20,000.


Pensioner Robbed In Port Glasgow By Men Who ‘Befriended’ Her At Bus Stop

https://www.inverclydenow.com/pensioner ... -bus-stop/

AN elderly woman was robbed of a two-figure sum of cash in Port Glasgow today (Monday) by men who shared a taxi with her into the town centre.

The woman, aged 74, was not injured but has been left shaken by the incident which happened just before 9am.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Young said: “The lady was ‘befriended’ by two men at the bus stop in Arran Avenue, Port Glasgow, and they agreed to share a taxi into the town centre rather than wait for a bus, however, after alighting from the taxi, one of the men grabbed her bag, removed the purse and then managed to get money from it before they both ran off.

“The suspects are both white, one is of a heavy build wearing dark clothing and was carrying a rucksack and the other was of slim build, wearing light clothing.

“Officers are currently checking CCTV in the area, however, would appeal to anyone who saw what happened or have any information that will help the enquiry to get in touch.”

Witnesses should contact Greenock detectives via 101 quoting reference number 0575 of 27 April or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 in confidence.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:56 pm 
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I wonder if this is the same Michael Glancy? Can't be many Michael Glancys in a small town like Port Glasgow.

Problem is the ages don't match. This was from 2012, so this Glancy would be around 60 now, as opposed to the Glancy in his mid-thirties who appeared in court today. Of course, the age reported today could be an error, of it could be his daftie son, or whatever.

But the modus fits - cack-handed robberies, knifepoint or fake gun, also wore a mask on one of the previous robberies, and the suspect for the latest taxi robbery wore a mask.


Michael Glancy jailed for robbing Port Glasgow bookies while on parole

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... t-19491680

A man who robbed a bookmakers at knifepoint while on parole from a previous armed robbery sentence has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Michael Glancy, 51, raided a branch of Ladbrokes in Princes Street, Port Glasgow, in January.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard he held a knife towards a cashier's stomach before escaping with £518.

Glancy was jailed for 54 months for the robbery and three years for committing the offence while on parole.

Glancy was jailed for five years at the same court in 2008 over a bungled armed robbery attempt at a post office in Inverclyde.

'Hazy' memory

He pleaded guilty to threatening staff at Inverkip post office with a fake gun in October 2007.

The court heard that during his latest offence, Glancy wore a mask and threatened staff with a knife before escaping with cash.

Police were called and Glancy, from Port Glasgow, was arrested shortly afterwards. The cash was found in nearby woodland.

His defence advocate Louise Arrol said he had been drinking on the day of the robbery and his recollection of the events was "somewhat hazy".

Temporary judge Kenneth Maciver said he had no other option but to send Glancy to prison.

"I was told how the female employee was transfixed with fear during the incident," the judge said.

"This happened when you were on parole for a similar offence. I have no other option but to impose an extended sentence on you.

"You are a threat to the public and it would be unthinkable for me anything other than an extended sentence."
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There was also this reported about the earlier botched robbery :roll:

Michael Glancy, from Port Glasgow, fled empty-handed from the premises after his gunpoint demands for cash went unanswered.

Glancy, 47, had driven his own vehicle to Inverkip, in Renfrewshire, to use as a getaway car.

But he parked it next to two CCTV cameras and was caught on footage.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:49 pm 
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Accused Gray appeared in court charged with two counts of alleged robbery and one of possession of a sharply pointed or bladed item.

Note also that although the original report at the top of the thread says the two 4am robberies were separate incidents in different parts of town, one of the accused was charged with two counts of robbery, suggesting he took part in both incidents?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:33 pm 
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I wonder if this is the same Michael Glancy? Can't be many Michael Glancys in a small town like Port Glasgow.

Possibly a father and son coincidence, and the scum son is following in the footsteps of the scum dad.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:59 am 
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I wonder if this is the same Michael Glancy? Can't be many Michael Glancys in a small town like Port Glasgow.

Possibly a father and son coincidence, and the scum son is following in the footsteps of the scum dad.

Well it's certainly not the father, because he died in prison a few years ago due to a haemorrage caused by terminal cancer. (Found that while looking for updates on the current taxi robbery.)

There was a Fatal Accident Inquiry conducted (pretty routine, I suspect, for a sudden death in prison - a bit like coroner's inquiry in England) and couldn't help notice this:

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After being diagnosed, Mr Glancy was offered a move to a disabled cell in H M Prison, Low Moss on more than one occasion. He was shown the cell but declined it. He wanted to stay on the third floor with his brother and his friends who were situated there. He was able to self-care, was mobile and continued to socialise with his friends.

https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/search-ju ... 0000d74aa7

So his brother was doing time in the same prison :roll:

But which maybe suggest it runs in the family, so likely that the Michael Glancy involved in the taxi robbery is a relative.

There's also another Michael Glancy in that neck of the woods, who's done time for several assaults involving bottlings and baseball bats, including a couple of attacks on women, and looks like he'll have about 50 convictions in total. One of the reports says he "was struggling to cope with the death of his father", which ties in with the date the older Michael Glancy died in prison. His age doesn't match the alleged taxi robber, though, but again he may be a relative.

Another report from a few days ago mentions yet another bus stop robbery at around the same time as the taxi robberies. Sounds almost identical to the robbery during the taxi share (elderly woman waiting for a bus, also involved a mask) although this one happened while simply waiting at the bus stop.

Glasgow Evening Times wrote:
Two separate robberies took place in less than 24-hour in Port Glasgow causing officers to increase patrols in the area.

A 70-year-old woman was robbed of her handbag containing a three-figure sum of cash, while she was standing at a bus stop on Marloch Avenue.

The incident took place around 2.30pm on Friday, April 70.[?]

She was approached by a man wearing black clothing and his lower face covered who made off with her handbag.

So maybe that's the second robbery that one of the males who appeared in court was charged with.

So in total two robberies on taxi drivers, and two robberies on pensioners in the same small town within days. And the several streets mentioned in the various robberies are just a few minutes' walk from each other :roll:

Someone in the comments section on one of the websites mentioned that a lot of 'lags' have been released from prison because of Covid-19, so that would make sense [-X


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Someone in the comments section on one of the websites mentioned that a lot of 'lags' have been released from prison because of Covid-19, so that would make sense [-X

Thankfully very few have, and the ones that have would have been released soon anyway.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 4:19 pm 
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Same old, same old. But not clear from this whether council simply won't allow cameras at present, or perhaps the trade is hoping here that the council will pay to install them. But article not wholly clear either way.

Of course, the screens thing is the latest manifestation of this kind of regulatory mess and inconsistency, so, who knows, Covid-19 and the public health dimension might bring the whole thing more into the public and political consciousness.

Have my doubts, though :roll:


Knifepoint robberies of taxi drivers have sparked a call for cabs to be fitted with CCTV cameras

https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/new ... v-cameras/

KNIFEPOINT robberies of taxi drivers have sparked a call for cabs to be fitted with CCTV cameras — with council chiefs ready to explore the idea.

Cabbies approached the Telegraph as part of a move to lobby the local authority to assess the feasibility of installing surveillance equipment as a safety measure.

Councils elsewhere — including in South Lanarkshire — have already launched pilot schemes with cameras in cars in response to concerns about attacks on drivers.

Now Inverclyde Council says it is ready to look at the possibility of having a similar project here if 'sufficient demand' is shown from within the trade.

One taxi driver told the Telegraph: "Nationally we have an epidemic, namely COVID-19, but locally we have another epidemic with taxi drivers being threatened with knives and also passengers fleeing from the cab to avoid paying the fare.

"Local cabs need fitted with CCTV immediately."

Another driver said: "We are already taking risks every day just by being out and trying to earn a crust during coronavirus, but we're also facing the risk of being attacked.

"But I think it might take someone being hurt, or worse, before anything is done to give us some added protection and peace of mind."

The Tele reported last month how two separate early hours knifepoint robberies were carried out against cabbies in Port Glasgow.

Two men, Michael Glancy, 35, and Lee Gray, 37, have been charged with committing them and have been locked up following court appearances.

The drivers involved were left 'badly shaken' by their ordeals.

South Lanarkshire Council launched its pilot taxi CCTV scheme in March.

An Inverclyde taxi driver said: "Other local authorities have cabs fitted with CCTV, so why has Inverclyde Council not given the green light for local cabs to be fitted with cameras?"

The local authority says that a consultation about taxi CCTV was carried out in 2018 but the policy was not developed 'due to a lack of interest and demand'.

A council spokesman said: "Just one response was received.

“We have not had any recent requests about the use of CCTV to prompt re-evaluating the issue.

"Should CCTV be introduced in taxis in future, the onus would be on taxi operators to register with the Information Commissioner to ensure the system and any footage collected adheres to data protection laws and respects people's privacy.

"The council takes the safety of drivers extremely seriously and is open to revisiting the idea of CCTV in taxis should anyone wish to raise the matter and if there is sufficient demand."


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To me it looks like the trade are merely requesting permission to install CCTV.

But reading the article they could have had it in 2018 if they could have been bothered to respond to the consultation properly.

Still nothing stopping the council adopting a CCTV policy even if no-one is/was interested.

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