Man in court after allegedly kidnapping a taxi driver in Sutton and threatening him with a fake gun

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A Sutton man who allegedly kidnapped a taxi driver and threatened him with a fake gun has appeared in court this morning.

Darren Lakin, 21 appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court charged with kidnapping and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, common assault and threats to kill.

Lakin, 21 of Lammas Close was arrested at around 9.55pm on Saturday (6th September) after reports that a taxi driver was held against his will in the Mansfield area.

A police spokesman said the victim suffered minor injuries and shock.

A spokesman for the taxi firm 6five2’s, said the taxi was hailed at a Sutton taxi rank after which the threats took place.

He said the man was arrested after he ran off when the driver, who has not been named, stopped to buy chewing gum for him in Chesterfield.

Speaking this morning (8th September), he added: “It was very frightening for the driver. It is appalling for something like this to happen when someone is just trying to earn a living.”