CCTV images released after taxi driver robbery

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Detectives have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after a private hire taxi driver was subjected to a robbery.

At approximately 6.10pm on Thursday, December 22, 2016 the taxi driver parked his red Peugeot car on Bridge Street in St Helens, opposite the Nelson public house, to go to a nearby shop.

When he returned to his car an unknown male jumped into the front passenger seat armed with a knife. He threatened the driver and demanded to be taken to the Halewood area.

The male also demanded cash and the driver handed over a quantity of cash. When the vehicle stopped in the car park of the Eagle and Child pub on Church Road in Halewood the male got out and the taxi driver was able to drive away.

An investigation is ongoing and CCTV enquiries have been carried out.

The man is described as being white, aged in his mid-30s, stocky build, with short hair. He spoke with a Liverpool accent.

Officers have also issued CCTV images of a man who they believe could help them with their investigation.

Detective Constable Roy Waller said: “Thankfully the taxi driver was not hurt but understandably was left badly shaken by his ordeal.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the Nelson pub in St Helens or the Eagle and Child pub in Halewood who may have seen anyone matching this description to come forward and assist us with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6802 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.