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Two charged over alleged 2018 Newcastle taxi robbery

Proactive police work has seen two people charged over the alleged assault of a taxi driver in Newcastle last year.

About 2.20am on Sunday 1 April 2018, a man and woman, entered a taxi on Glebe Road, Adamstown, driven by a then-38-year-old man.

During the trip, an argument ensued between the driver and two passengers, before the pair were asked to get out.

The male passenger allegedly took cash from the driver and fled.

The driver attempted to chase the man, before the woman got out of the taxi and allegedly assaulted the driver, hitting him in the face, arm, and chest with her shoe.

The male passenger returned to the taxi and allegedly punched the driver in the face, before the pair fled the scene on foot.

The driver attended Newcastle Police Station and reported the matter to police, who commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, a 39-year-old man was arrested yesterday (Thursday 7 February 2019), in Merewether, and taken to Newcastle Police Station.

He was charged with robbery in company and refused bail, appearing at Newcastle Local Court today (Friday 8 February 2019), and refused bail again to appear at the same court on Thursday 11 April 2019.

About 7.15am today (Friday 8 February 2019), officers from Newcastle City Police District Target Action Group were conducting patrols of Coady Street, Newcastle, where they sighted and arrested the 46-year-old woman.

She was taken to Waratah Police Station and charged with robbery in company in relation to the alleged 2018 incident, and granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 28 February 2019.

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