Man jailed for taxi driver robbery in Sheffield

A man has been locked up for over five years after robbing a taxi driver in Sheffield.

Monday, 23rd September 2019, 12:37 pm
Updated Saturday, 28th September 2019, 12:27 am

Arron Hammond, aged 27, threatened his victim with a screwdriver and escaped with £150.READ MORE: Sheffield wedding party stranded at airport as Thomas Cook collapsesHe struck on Monday, April 15 after getting into a taxi in Shiregreen and asking the driver to take him to Dykes Hall Road, Hillsborough.LATEST: Sheffield murder probe continues one year on from stabbing at CentertainmentDetective Constable Matt Welsh said: “Soon after Hammond got into the taxi, he pulled out a screwdriver and began threatening the man driving. He demanded that he handed cash over, whilst pointing the weapon at him.“He fled the taxi, taking with him about £150 in cash and thankfully the driver was not injured.“Thanks to the driver reporting the incident so quickly we were able to identify Hammond quickly too, through phone work and his phone records.“He was arrested, charged and remanded into custody just three days later.”

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POLICE: Man still wanted by South Yorkshire Police over 'romance frauds'DC Welsh added: “This was a traumatic and distressing incident for the driver of the taxi and I’d like to praise him in coming forward and speaking to us. We need taxi drivers to report anything like this, so that we can act on it efficiently and identify those involved.“I’m pleased that Hammond admitted his guilt and is now serving a substantial sentence for his crime.”

Hammond pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon during a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

He was jailed for a total of five years and four months.