Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bradford taxis targeted by stone throwing youths

Police have started extra patrols in Bradford to stop taxi drivers being targeted by youths throwing stones.

West Yorkshire Police are stepping up both visible and undercover patrols to deter anti-social behaviour.

Drivers in the Eccleshill area of the city said they were becoming increasingly worried about being targeted by youths.

There have been several reports of cars being damaged in recent weeks.

Officers are monitoring Ravenscliffe Avenue and the play area on Bowness Avenue where youths are believed to have been gathering to throw the stones.

Insp Pete Tuff of Eccleshill Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "We will be stepping up patrols at sensitive times and carrying out other work to try and identify the culprits.

"Those who throw stones risk causing serious damage to cars and potentially serious injuries to drivers and this behaviour will not be tolerated."

A spokesperson for the private hire drivers in Eccleshill, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "We provide a service to residents in Ravenscliffe and it is unacceptable that our drivers should be treated in this way and risk injury to themselves and damage to their vehicles."

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