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Two arrested after Portsmouth taxi drivers robbed at knifepoint

Deerhurst Crescent, Paulsgrove Image copyright Google
Image caption The first robbery was in Deerhurst Crescent when two men waved down a taxi, robbed the driver at knifepoint and then drove away in the car

Two men have been arrested after a spate of knifepoint robberies on taxi drivers in Portsmouth.

Police made the arrests after an appeal in connection with four robberies in Paulsgrove between 28 and 31 December.

A 46-year-old man and 41-year-old man both from Portsmouth are in police custody.

The drivers were targeted at knifepoint by two men, with the first robbed of his phone, cash and taxi on Friday in Deerhurst Crescent.

About an hour later at about 23:30 GMT a second driver was robbed by two men in Tunstall Road.

A third taxi driver was then robbed by two men in the Almondsbury Road area shortly after 05:00.

There was also an incident at a Spar shop in Leith Avenue at about 19:15 on Wednesday.

Ch Insp Jim Pegler, of Hampshire Police, said: "This type of crime has a big impact on small businesses such as taxi firms and convenience stores. The offenders also targeted lone workers.

"This type of criminal activity is not acceptable in Portsmouth. We will continue our work to make Portsmouth safer for all its residents."

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