Taxi driver attacked by drunken gang – Blackley
March 5, 2013, 11:24 am
A taxi driver was punched unconscious during an assault in Blackley.
It happened when the 36-year-old driver arrived outside an address on Blackley New Road at about 2.20am on 2 March 2013 to pick up a fare.
When he arrived, he saw up to four teenagers sat on a garden wall and it appeared they had been drinking. When the gang got into the taxi, the driver asked for the money up front which the quartet refused to do.
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After an argument, the four teens got out of the car but one of the group opened the driver’s door and punched him in the face, causing him to momentarily lose consciousness.
When he came to, he found he was under attack from the rest of the group and was repeatedly punched. One of the offenders stole his car keys and attempted to goad the driver out of the car, while another threw a blue bin at the car causing scuff marks to the roof.
The group ran off and the police were called. After a search of the area, an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has been bailed until 2 May 2013 pending further inquiries.
Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
It is believed the same men verbally abused a couple near to the junction of Carrbank Avenue and Blackley New Road 15 minutes before the taxi driver was attacked, throwing beer cans towards the couple.
Police are also appealing for this couple to come forward.
The offenders are described as white, between 15 and 16-years-old, of a skinny build and one was wearing a blue baseball cap and a grey tracksuit top.
Detective Sergeant Liam Boden said: “It is clear these teenagers had consumed alcohol. However, while that may explain their aggressive behaviour, it most certainly does not excuse it.
“They have attacked a taxi driver who is simply trying to earn a living, subjecting him to a prolonged assault that saw him lose consciousness momentarily and his vehicle targeted. It was undoubtedly a very frightening experience for him and we need to catch those responsible.
“I want to appeal to anyone who might have information about this incident to come forward.
“In particular, I want to hear from the couple who we believe were verbally abused by the same offenders about 15 minutes before the attack itself. If you were subjected to swearing and had beer cans thrown at you, we need to hear from you as you could have vital information that would help us bring the offenders to justice.”
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