Volume 95, Issue 83

Tuesday, March 12, 2002
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Cabbies endangered: drivers beaten and robbed

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

It was not a good week for London cabbies as they had to endure more than the usual alcohol-induced spewing and sex romps in the backseat.

The 47-year-old male driver was dropping off a fare early Sunday morning at Richmond and Kent Streets when the males attempted to enter the car. The cabbie told them six people were too many for his vehicle and the males proceeded to begin kicking and punching him, the London Police reported, adding the driver sustained a broken arm

The driver was able to get out of the cab, but was again assaulted by the males, who later fled the scene.

According to Const. Ryan Holland of the London Police Department, police are now looking for six suspects described only as white males in their 20s.

In another incident, a cabbie was nearly robbed when a student ran away without paying on Saturday night outside Elgin Hall. University police tracked down the intoxicated student and were able to recover the fare, said Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department.

"When you seek cab services and fail to pay, it is considered a fraud," she added.

Fraud was also committed last Thursday when a couple of off-campus eateries reported criminal usage of Western 1 cards. Food was ordered on cards by customers who were not the true cardholders.

"Students need to keep their student numbers as confidential as possible and student IDs secure, recognizing we have had reports of this in the past," McGowan said.

In drug news, London police charged a man with possession and trafficking after a police drug raid at an Oxford Street West home. The Feb. 27 raid seized $200,000 worth of marijuana and $6,000 of growing equipment.

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