A taxi driver was reportedly threatened with a knife in Nottingham city centre by a customer who demanded money.
The driver picked up the passenger from a taxi rank in Lower Parliament street before taking him to Tesco Superstore in Carlton Hill in Carlton at around 10:20 pm last night.
When they arrived, the customer asked to be taken to a different location instead. The taxi driver asked the fare to be paid upfront but the customer refused.
The taxi driver said he would only move off if he was paid some cash.
According to the taxi driver’s account, the passenger then produced a knife and demanded money.
The taxi driver then opened his door to get out and the passenger did the same. The taxi driver then jumped back into his vehicle and locked the doors before driving away.
Police were called and a suspect was quickly located. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and taken into custody.
Detective Constable Clint Gloyn, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This incident would have been terrifying for the taxi driver and I am pleased officers were able to detain a suspect within minutes.
“An 18-year-old man is now being questioned in connection with the attempted robbery but I would ask that anyone who has any information to get in touch with us as soon as possible.
“If you have any information, footage or witnessed the incident, please do not hesitate to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 776 of 116 October 2021.
“I’d also like to reassure local residents that the force takes all reports of knife-related offences extremely seriously.
“We understand that incidents like this can be concerning for communities and if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to speak to one of our local officers in the area.”