Police force deploy CCTV-equipped decoy cars to catch stone throwing yobs targeting taxis 

Updated: Nov 24, 2019

Blackburn and Darwen Police are using CCTV-equipped decoy cars in an attempt to catch relentless yobs who have continued to target taxi drivers.

Undercover officers will patrol anti-social hotspots in the hope of identifying those responsible and bring them to justice.

A number of taxi and private hire drivers have fallen victim to the dangerous stone-throwing antics of local youths, forcing them to blockade a major Blackburn road in protest against the attacks.

Drivers have demanded more action from authorities, stressing that if the attacks don't stop soon, someone could end up getting seriously injured or even killed.

The town’s police boss, Inspector Martyn Holt, outlined the action he was taking to tackle the threat.

He said: “We believe it is young people causing mischief and needs to stop before somebody is seriously harmed.

“This is a priority for us and we are doing everything we can to engage and educate young people.

“We are deploying decoy cars with CCTV to act as a deterrent and help us identify the people responsible.”

Blackburn and Darwen Police used social media to update locals of their intentions, saying: 'Officers from Blackburn Task Force have tonight been patrolling anti social behaviour hotspots in Blackburn, Accrington and Darwen.

'Particular attention was paid to areas where residents and taxi drivers have reported damage to their vehicles by youths throwing objects from the roadside.

'The Blackburn Task Force will continue to patrol hotspots throughout the weekend.'

Image credit: Blackburn and Darwen Police

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