A taxi driver was punched in the face and kicked in the ribs by a gang of three thugs in a brutal attack in Bolton. The Bolton News reports that the driver picked up a man, who had been waiting with a woman, outside the Trav- elodge Bolton Central River Street in the early hours of Saturday, April 10 at around 3.30am. Only the man got into the taxi and during the journey the driver smelt drugs in the back of the car and told the pas- senger to stop taking them. This led to an argument before the man told the driver he would get out at that current position, which was near Bar Lane in Astley Bridge. But when the driver, who does not wish to be named, pulled over the passenger approached him from behind and started strangling him. The driver managed to wrestle free of the man’s grasp but


A road rage yob tailgated a taxi driver before punching him as he dropped off a passenger. According to the Daily Record, the innocent cabbie was dropping off a fare in Renfrew, when he was assaulted. Police investigating said the attacker followed the cab closely in a white Ford Fiesta before jumping out to pounce on the victim when he stopped to let out a passen- ger. It’s understood the brute hit the taxi driver in the chest after they both got out of their vehicles during the inci- dent. There are no reports of serious injury. Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward. Inspector Tracy Harkins, from Paisley police office, said: “We are investigating after a 46-year-old man was assault- ed in Wilson Street, Renfrew, at around 10pm on Tuesday night 20 April. “The victim is a taxi driver and was assaulted by another male who had been driving a white Ford Fiesta. “We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward to police.” She added: “Similarly, if you were driving in the area at the time, I would ask that you check dashcam footage to see if you captured anything which may be useful to our enquiries.” Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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then saw two other men approaching his car. One of them started kicking the car and the other opened a door and started attacking the driver, who got out of the car.

In a shocking show of violence, the three thugs punched the driver in the face and kicked him in the ribs before he managed to escape from them and get back into his car and drive away. He drove to hospital after he suffered a swollen head and cheek as well as a black eye. Damage was also caused to a wing mirror and another part of the vehicle. The driver, who works for Metro Cars, describes the man he picked up and started the attack as white, mid 20s, of a slim build with dark hair. He wore a black puffer type jacket and had a black man bag. The victim was unable to get a close look at the other two men who attacked him. A family member added: “I am shocked by what happened to him and I find it upsetting. “He has worked as a taxi driver for 20 years and nothing as bad as this has happened to him. He is still sore from his injuries.” Greater Manchester Police confirmed the force has received a report of an assault on Bar Lane in Bolton.


Police enquiries are underway fol- lowing reports that a car being driven on the M8 motor- way had its wind- screen smashed by a brick thrown off an overpass in the north east of Glas- gow.

GlasgowLive reports that the incident is believed to have happened in the afternoon of the 17 April as the vehicle passed below the overpass on Gartcraig Road linking Ruc- hazie and Cranhill. The daughter of the driver in question took to social media to appeal for anyone who may have any dashcam footage of the incident to come forward


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