Taxi Driver Threatened With Gun in Gorton

A taxi driver's been threatened at gunpoint in Gorton.

A man in his early 20s pulled a gun on the driver after being dropped off in Abbey Hey Lane at around 6am on Friday 28th December.

The man had asked for a taxi after going into the Call A Cab office in Hyde Road in Denton.

When the taxi stopped at Abbey Hey Lane, the man pulled a small brown handgun from his pocket and demanded the driver's takings.

The driver refused and drove off, leaving the gunman standing on the pavement.

Police have released an image of a likeness of the man in the hope someone recognises him.

Constable Jason Bell said "Every day taxi drivers face danger or the threat of violence when they pick up a passenger, particularly if the passenger is drunk."

"However, to be threatened by a man brandishing a gun is both unusual but also shocking and understandably this driver was badly shaken up."

"I would ask people to look very carefully at the image and if you think this recognise this man, or you have information about his whereabouts or the robbery itself, then please call us."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3567 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.