Attacks on taxis drop after Blackpool Police intervention 

Attacks by yobs throwing bricks at taxis in Blackpool have dropped since a police intervention started following a number of complaints by concerned drivers.

Addressing the rise of attacks, Blackpool Police said: 'We are currently investigating a number of offences of youths throwing stones at vehicles around Blackpool, in particular taxis.

'Despite being extremely inconvenient to taxi drivers who have to go off road in the majority of cases Police are concerned that this act of criminal damage may cause a serious accident.

'As part of our response we will be looking to work with the taxi companies and identify these youths.

'During the half term holiday, do you know where your children are and what they are doing?

'Drivers, if you have any dashcam footage or any information please contact us on 101 or via independent charity Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

'We are actively seeking those responsible for the recent offences so if you have been throwing stones at vehicles expect a knock at the door.'

Since joining forces with local cab firms, it has been reported that attacks have rapidly dropped.

According to a report in the Blackpool Gazette, Insp Dave Wilson of Blackpool Police said: “We had lots of complaints from taxi drivers and other motorists about their cars being damaged by stones and other objects.

“The incidents were in double digits on a daily basis but on Saturday this dropped to only two and on Friday there were no reported incidents of stone throwing.

“I believe this is due to a partnership operation approach between officers and taxi drivers in Blackpool.”

But despite a reduction in attacks, the police have reassured drivers that they will continue to work closely with all parties to eradicate the incidents and bring those responsible to justice.

Image credit; Blackpool Police

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