Stone-throwing yobs in Colne targeting taxi drivers

Taxi drivers in Colne are being terrorised by unruly youths who are throwing eggs and stones at their cars.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 8:34 am

Taxis and taxi rank buildings in the town have had their windows smashed while drivers have been subjected to abusive language during weeks of anti-social behaviour.

A number of homes in Colne have also had their windows smashed by what appears to be the same group of youths.

The areas which have being targeted include the town centre, and the area around George IV playing fields off Skipton Road.

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Taxi drivers in Colne are being terrorised by youths

Coun. Mohammed Iqbal MBE, leader of Pendle Council, said: “We are working with the police and local councillors to help find the culprits and put a stop to this criminal and anti-social behaviour.

“It’s totally unacceptable and is making our taxi drivers and other local people feel unsafe and terrorised in their own town.”

“One of the two groups has already been identified,” said Pendle Council’s deputy leader, Coun. David Whipp, who chairs the Pendle Community Safety Partnership.

“Police officers have been working with the five youths and their parents and are confident they won’t be carrying out these yobbish attacks again,” he explained.

“But there is a second group of youths we need help identifying,” said Councillor Whipp.

“That’s why we are urging local people to contact the Police on 101 if they spot them throwing stones or eggs at homes or taxis or hear them using abusive language towards people.

“Local residents can help us put a stop to this gang of youth by helping the Police identify who they are,” he stressed.