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Taxi firm left counting cost after theft of signs

Liam McDaid, proprietor of White Star Taxis, with a sign identical to those which have been stolen from two of his cars in recent weeks.

A LOCAL taxi company owner has hit out at those who stole signs from two of his cars in recent weeks.

The first sign was stolen in Victoria Bridge and the other was stolen from a vehicle in Lisnafin Park. Both thefts took place in the early hours of the morning.

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Local businessman Liam McDaid, owner of Whitestar Taxis, says that he is disgusted by the thefts which has cost him £300.

“Two of our taxi signs have been stolen in the past two weeks,” he said. “The signs cost £150 each and were literally just bought with the new signs to fit with the new legislation so it is very frustrating.

“Whoever took these signs will have had to take off the transfers, maybe use hairdryer and meths to remove the writing in order for them to sell them on. Someone must be aware of where they are. Someone would have had to take a screwdriver or a sharp knife to them to take them off. It would be no good to anyone who is not a taxi driver. I would like to ask everyone to keep an eye out for them.

“This is all very frustrating. This is a small business. I employ around 12 people, who support 12 families as well as my own. When you are running your own business £300 is a lot of money, and when these signs were stolen I have to pay out again for replacements, it’s just money down the drain. It’s so disheartening and I am totally disgusted by what has happened.”

Sinn Féin councillor Brian McMahon has condemned the theft, saying, “I have been speaking to the taxi firm and they are shocked that their business has been targeted twice within the space of two weeks.

“This a family run business in Strabane and this theft has now left the owners with the replacement costs for new signage.

“I would urge everyone to be vigilant at this time, especially those who may be buying second hand signage for taxi vehicles. If anyone has any information on the stolen signage please contact Whitestar Taxis on 028 7188 5995.”

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