Taxi attack in Newbridge

A taxi-driver was held up with a knife by three male attackers in Newbridge in the early hours of Monday morning. Gardai believe the attack was a set-up. It happened at John’s Street (also known as Coffey’s Lane).

A taxi-driver was held up with a knife by three male attackers in Newbridge in the early hours of Monday morning. Gardai believe the attack was a set-up. It happened at John’s Street (also known as Coffey’s Lane).

The driver was hailed by a young lone male on Main Street Newbridge at 1.55am opposite The Chick King and directed to down John’s Street.

According to Sgt Seamus Rothwell of Newbridge Garda Station, the passenger pulled up the handbrake on the car and two males pounced on the vehicle, which was a silver Nissan.

“The two men came from the side street,” he said. “The passenger produced a knife and demanded money. He got a small amount (less than E100) and they ran off down the road. We are looking for any witnesses. The two men may have been seen in the street while the passenger was described as in his late teens. The taxi driver, who was a mature male was unharmed in the incident but left very shook up.”