South East Wales

Taxi driver Rhys Morgan robbed with fake gun in Penarth

A taxi driver has told how he was robbed with an imitation firearm while helping a teenager who said he was being chased.

Rhys Morgan, who runs Windsor Cars, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, agreed to help him in the early hours of Sunday.

He was about to give him a lift when he was threatened by two men with a baseball bat and what South Wales Police said was an imitation gun.

Police are investigating, and Mr Morgan has given them CCTV of the incident.

Officers were called to the scene after the incident at about 0230 GMT on Sunday.

Mr Morgan described as "chilling" the way the offenders approached the car on Albert Road.

One of them was in his blind spot as the other confronted him through the passenger's window.

"It was quite shocking," said Mr Morgan, who said the fake gun was pointed at his face throughout the incident.

"It's a rough world."

He said the offenders demanded money before escaping.

Mr Morgan then alerted police and armed officers arrived on the scene.

"The police took it very seriously," he said. "I have every confidence they will catch them," said Mr Morgan.

Police confirmed they were investigating the robbery.

Image caption Police have released e-fits of the two males involved

In a statement, they said: "Two males approached a taxi on Albert Road in Penarth, armed with a baseball bat and an imitation firearm.

"They made off with the cash from the taxi."

A spokesman said the weapons used were an aluminium rounders-style bat about 2ft (0.6m) long, with a black rubber handle, and a black replica machine gun, believed to be a BB gun.

Police also issued descriptions of the youths involved.

The first is described as white, aged around 17, about 5ft 10in tall, of fat build with a chubby round face, with short blond hair and blue eyes. He spoke with a Cardiff accent.

The second is also white, aged between 14 and 17, about 5ft 8in tall, of skinny build with short dark hair and brown eyes.

Det Con Kimberley Reynolds of Penarth CID said: "This was a very frightening incident for the victim and we are doing all we can to identify those responsible and bring them to justice."

Winesses are asked to contact police on 029 20527354 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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