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Taxi bus hijacked and burnt out after driver dragged from vehicle with four passengers inside

Published 08/08/2015

A taxi bus was hijacked by thugs who assaulted the driver and dragged him from the vehicle, to later set it on fire.

The incident happened on Bovean Road, Dungannon, in the early hours of Thursday.

Detective Inspector Will Tate said: “It was reported that a taxi driver had picked up four passengers – two men and two females – in the Banbridge area and was travelling along the Bovean Road in Dungannon shortly before 1.30am when one of the passengers asked him to stop the vehicle for a comfort break at the side of the road.

"The driver stopped the vehicle and was then hit on the side of the head and pulled from the car, before the vehicle was taken."

The grey Hyundai was later found on the Annaghbeg Road and had been set alight.

"If you can help Police with their enquiries please call the 101 number, quoting reference number 727815," said Det Insp Tate.

"Alternatively information about crime can be passed via the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

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