Police arrest Two after Taxi Knife Point attacks in Portsmouth

Police have made two arrests following a series of four connected knifepoint robberies targeting taxi drivers in Paulsgrove, Portsmouth.

A robbery at a Spar shop in Leith Avenue, Paulsgrove at approximately 7.15pm on Wednesday, December 28 is also being connected.

All four incidents targeting taxi drivers occurred on Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December 31.

Cash and mobile phones were stolen from taxi drivers and a quantity of cash stolen from the Spar shop. None of the drivers were injured.

46-year-old man and a 41-year-old man, both from Portsmouth remain in police custody.

Detective Inspector James Stewart said: “We would like to thank members of the public for their assistance in reporting any suspicious activity which may have been connected to these robberies. If you have not yet spoken to us but may have information which could assist the investigation team please do get in touch.”

Portsmouth District Chief Inspector Jim Pegler said: “This type of crime has a big impact on small businesses such as taxi firms and convenience stores. The offenders also targeted at lone workers.

“This type of criminal activity is not acceptable in Portsmouth. We will continue our work to make Portsmouth safer for all its residents.”

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