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CCTV appeal following racist assault on Birmingham cabbie

November 12, 2014, 8:12 am

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Police in Birmingham have released images of three men they would like to speak to after a taxi driver was assaulted and racially abused.

The driver pulled up outside a club in the centre of  the at around 3am on 2 August after being flagged down by a group of men.

The men asked to go to Smethwick and the driver requested they pay for their fare in advance, but they refused.

The men then began to bang on the cab and hurl racist insults at the driver, who tried to get out of the car and flag down some help.

When he stepped out of the car, he was immediately pounced upon by the men and punched repeatedly, leaving him with a fractured jaw and severe bruising.

Detective Constable Sarah McDonnell is investigating the assault. She said: “Due to the language used during the attack, we are treating this as racially motivated.

“We take all reports of hate crime extremely seriously: it will not be tolerated and we are determined to bring those responsible to justice.

“Despite numerous inquiries at the scene − speaking to witnesses and gathering CCTV – we are yet to identify those behind the assault.

“We are now keen to speak to the men circled in these images as we believe they may have information relevant to our investigation. I would urge anyone who knows their identity to call us.”

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