“Arrogant and violent”, that’s how police have described a gang who used machetes and fake guns to rob taxi drivers across Tyneside. Three men pretended to be customers and got into the back of taxis before pulling on masks and revealing their weapons once the car had moved away. The three men have been jailed for a total of 26 years. Detectives said they targeted the drivers when they were most vulnerable, working alone at night. Newcastle Crown Court heard how all three men were ‘obsessed’ with illegal weapons and posted videos brandishing them on social media.