Cabbies hit by thefts

CAB drivers in Ipswich have been urged to keep on their guard following a spate of smash and grab thefts from taxis.

CAB drivers in Ipswich have been urged to keep on their guard following a spate of smash and grab thefts from taxis.

Detectives probing the recent outbreak are so concerned that they have met with representatives from taxi firms in the town to offer advice on how to avoid falling victim to the crime.

Between November 1 and December 10, a staggering 22 taxis were targeted.

Police believe the same individual or gang is responsible for the string of break-ins.

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In all of the incidents, the perpetrators have smashed windows before searching the vehicles. Either cash or satellite navigation systems have been taken.

The raiders strike between midnight and 5am and have tended to concentrate on the areas around Bramford Road, London Road, Handford Road, Woodbridge Road and around the Chantry estate.

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Police are increasing patrols in those areas, including the deployment of plain-clothed officers.

Eric Pearl, manager of Bee Line taxis, is one of those who has fallen victim to the crime.

He said: “They smashed the window and had a look but I never leave anything in any vehicle.

“But I still have a £100 repair bill and I have to endure the loss of a day's earnings. We are not talking about vandals here - they know what they are looking for.

“It could be an ex-taxi driver because it's certainly someone with knowledge of where the cab's equipment is.”

Police are urging cabbies to remove any item of value from their car.

Mr Pearl said: “We know the police are doing all they can but the bottom line is if we leave equipment and cash in our car, we deserve what we get.”

The latest taxi break-ins took place in Stratford Road and in Norwich Road between 2pm on Wednesday and 10am on Thursday.

Those with information on the spate of thefts should call police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Have you fallen victim to the taxi raiders? Call The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail

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