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Female taxi driver tells of knife hijack terror

By Claire Williamson

A female taxi driver has told of the terrifying moment a knife was held to her throat by a teenager during an attempted hijacking.

Linda Brady was driving the youth to Carleton Court in Londonderry when the incident happened close to Ballymagroarty in the early hours of Wednesday.

She said: "I felt the arms coming around my throat and the knife and the other hand came over my mouth.

"I was trying to drive and I said, 'Son calm down – take your hand off my mouth, I can't breath right.'

"He released his hand slightly and kept shouting at me, 'Keep driving straight, keep driving straight.'"

He ordered the 51-year-old to pull in and told her to get out and hand over the keys.

She said: "I was about to give it to him. I don't know what came over me, but I looked up and said, 'No I'm not' and he ran off."

The mother-of-two has not been deterred from returning to her job, but admitted she was nervous and thinking about safety measures.

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