Stolen taxi winds up in a garden

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A KNIFE-wielding thug stole a taxi and then abandoned it after smashing into a residential garden.

A 41-year-old driver was in a silver Toyota Aventis at a taxi rank in Rye Road, Barmulloch, when a thug wrenched open the car door.

The youth threatened the driver with a knife and ordered him out of the taxi – before cutting him with the blade.

The taxi driver was taken to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he was treated for his arm injury before being allowed home.

Police say the shocking incident took place last Tuesday, May 10, at around 9.40pm.

After stealing the taxi, the youth – described as being white, aged 16-18 and wearing a blue hooded top – was joined by two other boys of a similar age wearing a black top and a red hooded top.

A police spokesperson said: “The three youths then drove off along Ryehill Road into Berryburn Road where the car ended up in the garden of a house in Berryburn Place.

“The three youths fled the scene and were last seen running into Toryburn Road.”

Detective Constable Paul Sharpe at Baird Street CID would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the taxi driver being robbed of his vehicle at the taxi rank in Rye Road.

He is also keen to speak with anyone who has seen the three youths driving in the area or running off after abandoning the car in Berryburn Place.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Baird Street CID on 0141 532 4100. Alternatively calls can be made via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.