Police investigate growing trend as youths throw stones at taxis

Youths are endangering the safety of taxi drivers by throwing stones at passing vehicles in a trend that is emerging around the UK.

Blackpool Police are currently investigating a number of offences of youths throwing stones at vehicles around Blackpool, in particular taxis.

In Leeds, taxi drivers protested yesterday over allegations that the police were not doing enough to protect drivers from a similar problem.

According to ITV sources, West Yorkshire Police are due to meet cabbies and say they are doing everything they can to tackle the issue.

Blackpool Police said via social media: “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.”

Image credit: Blackpool Police

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