Terrifying taxi ordeal for South Yorkshire man

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A terrified man was robbed, tied up and dumped in woods after getting into what he thought was a taxi in South Yorkshire.

The 35-year-old victim left a pub on Towngate, Thurlstone, near Penistone, shortly after midnight on Saturday and flagged down what he thought was a taxi.

The two men in the vehicle told him they were going towards Darfield and would drop him off in Barnsley.

The vehicle then drove up Rockside Road and on to Leapings Lane, where it came to a stop.

One of the men dragged the victim out and took items from him including jewellery of particular sentimental value, a watch, his mobile phone and cash.

His hands and feet were then tied together and he was dumped in a secluded woodland area, before the vehicle drove back towards Rockside Road.

The man shouted for help and was overheard by members of the public, who called emergency services.

He was taken to hospital suffering from shock and hypothermia, but it is not thought his injuries were serious.

DC Fiona Bowling, leading the investigation, said: “This was an absolutely terrifying robbery on a man making his way home after a night out with friends.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who saw any suspicious activity within the Thurlstone area on Friday night into Saturday morning, involving a dark-coloured motor vehicle, to call police as a matter of urgency.”

n Call police on 101, quoting incident 65 of Saturday May 17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.