Taxi driver robbed at gunpoint

JONATHON HOWE
Last updated 11:25 03/12/2013

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A Palmerston North taxi driver who was robbed at gunpoint in a late-night attack is being helped by Victim Support staff today.

The taxi driver, a 49-year-old man, was confronted by a man who threatened him with a small firearm and demanded cash on Savage Cres about 11.30pm last night.

The driver handed over a sum of money before escaping in his car.Detective Sergeant Ashley Gurney said although the victim was unhurt, he was ''shaken up'' and required help from Victim Support.

"'We're supporting the taxi driver. It's a very unfortunate situation for him to find himself in. He was understandably shaken and it's important he is looked after."

Gurney said police had interviewed the taxi driver and were chasing up leads today.

"A couple of witnesses came forward last night, which was helpful, and we are following some positive lines of inquiry."

Police were to review in-cab camera footage today, he said. 

Gurney said it was possible the offender fled across the Savage Cres reserve towards the West End Aquatic Centre after the attack, which took place between Hodgens and Mansford places.

He asked for anyone in the area at the time who may have seen any suspicious behaviour to come forward.

"I'd ask any residents who find discarded clothing to give us a ring. Often these people like to change their appearance."

The offender is described as a dark-haired, clean shaven Maori, aged between 16 and 25 and wearing a black shirt.

Police are still working to confirm the colour of his trousers and other items the offender was wearing.

Anyone with information can contact Gurney on 06 213 9567 or call the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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