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Brutal attack on cab driver

PUBLISHED: 16:18 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:39 23 August 2010

A 46-YEAR-OLD taxi driver was headbutted and strangled when he was attacked in his own cab. The victim, who suffered a fractured nose, bruising to his neck and two black eyes was assaulted in Perry Street, Northfleet, outside the Crown pub on Friday. Tw

A 46-YEAR-OLD taxi driver was headbutted and strangled when he was attacked in his own cab.

The victim, who suffered a fractured nose, bruising to his neck and two black eyes was assaulted in Perry Street, Northfleet, outside the Crown pub on Friday.

Two men jumped into the front passenger seat of his taxi between 10.30pm and 10.50pm.

One of the men headbutted him and then tried to throttle him, and the other man punched him.

It comes just three months after CCTV was made compulsory in all taxi's in Gravesham, following the murder of Gian Chand Bajar, of Darnley Road, Gravesend, who was run over in his own cab by Luke Aujila in May 2007.

Rick Davis, the spokesperson for the United Taxi Group, which represents all taxi drivers in Gravesham, said: "It is shocking that something like this can still happen to a taxi driver.

"We have all had CCTV fitted for months now, and although we generally do feel safer, this sort of thing goes on.

"But there is a strong chance that the people that did this have been caught on camera."

The men involved are white, and in their early to mid twenties. One of the men was medium build and had shaved brown hair and spoke with a London accent. He was wearing a light-coloured, short-sleeved T-shirt and had tattoos on his arms.

Police want to speak to potential witnesses, including a coupled standing near Phoenix Taxis and a man on his own, who all spoke to the driver. A bus driver who may have been parked nearby is also urged to come forward.

Call DC Manraj Sanghera on 01474 366090.

jason.goodyer@archant.co.uk

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