A TAXI driver has been left badly shaken after he was threatened with an iron bar and had his car stolen while driving along a Bellshill road.

Around 2.50am this morning, the 46-year-old was driving his blue Citroen Berlingo, in North Road when a man approached and threatened him with an iron bar. The driver was forced from his car and the suspect drove off, stealing the car and personal items from within.

He was uninjured but left badly shaken.

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The suspect is described as white, around 5 ft 8ins to 5ft 10inches in height, thin build and a local accent. He was wearing a black, hooded zip top and dark coloured tracksuit trousers. The top had white stripes down the sleeves and the trouser legs had white stripes down them.

The car was found a short time later in Blairholm Drive, Bellshill.

Police are checking CCTV footage.

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Detective Constable Gary Lipscombe said: “I am appealing to anyone who was in the area in the early hours of this morning to contact us as they may have information which could help us trace the suspect.

"Any small piece of information could be relevant in our enquiries so please do pass it on. "I would also appeal to motorists for any dash cam images as they may have captured the suspect on their footage.”

Witnesses are asked to contact 101.