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Sikh Cab Driver Saves Girl, 13, from Paedophile

Satbir Arora (pictured) had picked up the 13-year-old girl from Bicester in Oxfordshire but became suspicious about the ...

A taxi driver has been hailed a hero after he saved a schoolgirl from a paedophile armed with knives, tape and sleeping pills.

Driver Satbir Arora picked up the 13-year-old girl from Bicester in Oxfordshire and took her to Gloucester station, but became suspicious when she refused to give him more details about her trip.

It transpired the youngster had been groomed by Sam Hewings, 24, who had discussed kidnapping, sedating and raping a victim on online forums and planned to abduct her after she was dropped off. 

When no one arrived to meet the girl, who was dressed in school uniform, the taxi driver asked her for more information but when pressed she declined to say more.

Mr Arora called his wife, who he co-runs a taxi firm with, to ask for advice.

Aware that the girl was not being truthful about the reasons for her journey, he asked her to speak to his wife. She established that her parents were unaware of her plans and called the police.

Mr Arora then telephoned the person his passenger said was going to meet and made recordings of the call.

The cab booking had been made by Sam Hewings who intended to abduct the schoolgirl, and those recordings became vital evidence in court.