Taxi Hits House After Knifepoint Robbery

A Bournemouth mum's been telling Heart how she thought a bomb had gone off when a taxi crashed into the side of her home.

Anne Steele's two children were asleep upstairs when it happened in Pokesdown just before 1am today (Nov 10th).

She’d been in the kitchen making a cup of coffee:

“I just heard this almighty bang, the wall was vibrating. My son ran down the stairs and said ‘Mum a taxi’s gone into the side of the house’. My husband ran out there and found the taxi driver still in the cab, he was shaking and said how two men had held knife to his throat and robbed him.”

She added: “He was in such a state and was badly shaken up, he told me he thought he was going to die and all he could think about was ‘My son’s going to grow up without his father’.”

A spokesperson from Dorset Police said:

“We were called at 12.44am on the morning of Wednesday 10 November 2010 to a report of a robbery.

“Shortly afterwards, police received a further call that a taxi had crashed into a nearby house.

“Following the incident, a 36-year-old taxi driver was taken to hospital where he is being treated for facial injuries.

“A 22-year-old man from Bournemouth and a 23-year-old man from Poole were arrested and are currently being questioned by police.

“No damage was caused to the house.

Witnesses and anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 01202 222 222 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.”