A private hire driver has quick-thinking neighbours to thank after his car was 'petrol bombed' outside his home in Bury on Saturday 3 October. They helped stamp out the blaze which left him and his family terrifed and caused over £1,000 worth of damage. The incident happened on Regent Street in the Walmersley area of Bury at around midnight when private hire driver Kash Minhas, 35, was at home with his partner and their three children. Mr Minhas was alerted to someone trying to smash the window of his white E-Class Mercedes. He ran out and drove off in his taxi to try and find the culprit. Whilst he was away, a hooded man smashed the Mercedes window and threw in what was described as a petrol bomb. Kash's neighbour and partner threw water over the flames to try and put it out and stop it spreading. Kash says he can think of no reason why his property was targeted. He said: “ I thought they were trying to break in at first and I've come out and my neighbour has come out too.

“He told me which way they went so I've gone looking for him and then whilst I was away I got a phone call from my mis- sus saying 'he's smashed the window and thrown a petrol bomb in it'. “Thankfully they've managed to throw water on it because if it had exploded it could have spread to the house. “The police and fire service have told us to put a cover on the letterbox in case they try and attack the house. I've no idea why it has happened. I think it must be a case of mistaken identity.”


A mindless yob battered a taxi driver after he was told he wasn’t allowed to travel with his dog. According to the Daily Record, the 42- year-old victim was attacked during a pick-up in Ben More Drive, Paisley on Saturday afternoon, 17 October. Three men and a dog emerged from a flat around 3.55pm and went to get in the back seat of the waiting motor. However, the driver explained pets were banned from the taxi. Police revealed the dog’s irate owner then leapt into the front seat of the car and launched a mindless assault on the innocent cabbie. He rained down blows on the terrified victim as his companions watched. All three suspects had made off from the scene by the time the police arrived. It is understood the victim sustained minor facial injuries as a result of the


onslaught. Inspector Tracy Harkins, from Paisley’s community policing team, urged witness- es to come forward. She said: “The victim, who is employed as a taxi driver, was struck in the head repeatedly by an unknown male. The vic- tim did not require hospital treatment but has been left shaken by the ordeal. “We are keen to trace the individual responsible for this attack. “Everyone should have the right to go to work without fear of becoming the victim of violence” She added: “If you witnessed what hap- pened, or observed three men with a dog in the area following the incident then please contact us. “I’d also ask anyone with dash cam footage from the area to check if they captured anything which may be useful to our investigation.”

An Oxford taxi driver has been subjected to two separate attacks by the same men. At about 6.40pm on July 25, the victim was attacked by two men, who were pas- sengers in his taxi as he was taking them to shops in London Road, Headington. There was a dispute over the fare and the driver was punched and bitten on the ear, before the passengers got out by the Co- op store. The driver drove off but returned a short while later and was assaulted by the men again. This time he sustained injuries to his head and hand, and required treat- ment at hospital. Investigating officer PC Leah Pullin, based at Oxford police station, said: “I believe the man in this image may have vital information that could help our investigation.


“It's mainly my missus who drives it. But we've lived in this area for years and never had any trouble or done anything to hurt anyone. It's just the last thing we need at a time like this.” Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Ser- vice (GMFRS) did not confirm the cause of the fire but said the investigation had been handed over to police. Kash says a witness who was nearby said that the person responsible was white, around 6 feet tall, aged 25 to 30, had red- dish, blonde hair and was hearing a dark grey hoodie. He also says he was seen running towards an alleyway with a silver or white car being seen being driven “in a hurry” shortly afterwards.


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