Taxi driver refuses knife-wielding man



POLICE need your help in tracking down two men, one of whom threatened a 23-year-old taxi driver with a knife in Coffs Harbour early yesterday.

One is described as Caucasian in appearance, about 168cm tall, with a thin build, sandy blond hair with a wispy goatee, wearing at the time a black baseball cap, with a black zipped jacket and jeans.

The other is described as about 183cm tall, with a solid build, dark hair, wearing a white jacket with black trim and light-coloured bomber pants.

The cabbie was parked outside the Plantation Hotel at 5.30am when he saw the man with the goatee asking other taxi drivers for cigarettes.

The man asked the cab driver for a lift to Moonee but was refused due to his intoxication, and walked away, police said.

He returned with his companion, and the cab driver again refused the request for a lift.

The man with dark hair then brandished a knife with a 10cm blade which he had removed from his pants.

They fled from the scene.

The cabbie was not injured, but one of the pair threw a bottle at the taxi.

Police and taxi drivers searched the area for the men, but they could not be found.

If you saw the men, or if you have any other information which can help with the investigation, contact Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299.



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