Pair sought after brutal attack on Blackburn taxi driver

Lancashire Telegraph: Pair sought after brutal attack on Blackburn taxi driver Pair sought after brutal attack on Blackburn taxi driver

A TAXI driver had his teeth knocked out, and suffered cuts and bruising after being punched by two passengers.

Police said the driver’s taxi rolled away during the attack and crashed into a parked car.

The 45-year-old driver, said to be from the Blackburn area, collected a man and woman in Burnley town centre in the early hours of Sunday.

At around 5.30am he dropped the pair off in Church Square, Worsthorne, close to the Bay Horse pub.

Lancashire Police said that, after getting out of the vehicle, the man repeatedly punched the taxi driver in the face, while the woman, who was still in the vehicle, also punched him.

The man and woman are then believed to have fled the scene.

A police spokesman confirmed that during the incident the taxi driver’s vehicle rolled forward and collided with another car.

Police are now making further enquiries to see if any CCTV from the area, including nearby public houses and shops, captured the incident.

The man is said to have had short, blond hair and was wearing a white shirt.

The woman is thought to have been in her early 20s, with shoulder-length blonde hair. She was wearing a light silver dress.

CCTV cameras are not fitted inside most Burnley taxis, although there have been trial schemes in Pendle and Hyndburn.

Witnesses to the Church Square attack are asked to contact police on 01282 425001 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.

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4:55pm Wed 18 Dec 13

past it says...

time to CCTV in all taxis, hope the driver is OK
time to CCTV in all taxis, hope the driver is OK past it

5:12pm Wed 18 Dec 13

denidenideni says...

I find it incredible that in today's violent nitelife areas such as burnley and blackburn, taxi drivers don't have cctv fitted in their cabs. Elf and safety should be involved in this and get these drivers to fit CCTV for their OWN safety.
And don't believe that they cannot afford it, if it saves a life then it is worth it.
All taxis should stop at 0200 hrs and bas and pubs shut by 0200 hrs.

Hope the driver is OK
I find it incredible that in today's violent nitelife areas such as burnley and blackburn, taxi drivers don't have cctv fitted in their cabs. Elf and safety should be involved in this and get these drivers to fit CCTV for their OWN safety. And don't believe that they cannot afford it, if it saves a life then it is worth it. All taxis should stop at 0200 hrs and bas and pubs shut by 0200 hrs. Hope the driver is OK denidenideni

1:30pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Cindylouise2013 says...

This is such a sad story.

No one deserves that sort of treatment when alls they are doing is trying to earn a living to provide for their families!

The lack of respect is awful!

I hope the driver is ok :( !
This is such a sad story. No one deserves that sort of treatment when alls they are doing is trying to earn a living to provide for their families! The lack of respect is awful! I hope the driver is ok :( ! Cindylouise2013

10:38pm Thu 19 Dec 13

glossopkid says...

Hope the driver is ok!

What specimens of beings were these, not human in my opinion.
Hope the driver is ok! What specimens of beings were these, not human in my opinion. glossopkid

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