A brave cabbie has been credited with helping arrest a suspected rapist after he allegedly went on the rampage – attacking nine people in the space of 12 hours.
Joseph McCann is accused of snatching nine people, seven of which were children – as well as raping and 11-year-old boy.
He was then arrested after a stand-off with police.
The 34-year-old raped or sexually assaulted four people – and abducted a further five – during a short period on Sunday, it is claimed.
McCann fled police on foot following the crash and eventually got into a taxi in a bid to make good his escape, according to reports.
However, the 34-year-old taxi driver thought he recognised McCann from media reports and grew suspicious when he asked him to avoid main roads, reports The Sun
The newspaper reported that the taxi driver pulled over and flashed his lights at a police officer, who then got into the car.
The cabbie told The Sun: “I passed an accident on the A34 that I heard about hoping to spot police.
“I left my hazard lights on as well so I could be pulled over by police. He started to kick off and I was getting scared but I kept driving.