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TERROR TIMES


PRIVATE HIRE DRIVER RACIALLY ABUSED AFTER REFUSING ILLEGAL FARE IN WIRRAL


A private hire driver was racially abused after refusing to pick up an illegal fare in Wirral. The Liverpool Echo reports that the driver, who has asked not to be named, said he was waiting to pick up a fare close to New Brighton promenade in the early hours of Sunday, July 25, when the incident occurred. He says he was approached by two men who tried to open his locked doors and offered him up to £50 to take them to Birkenhead. In video footage, which the taxi driver has shared with the Echo, two men can be seen running towards the driver, who can be heard winding down his window and asking the men for their name. Out of view, one man appears to slur the name ‘JD’ to which the taxi driver says “no.” The man says “it is” and the taxi driver tells him: “it’s for somebody else” but the man says “I promised you I just booked it.” One of the men then offers the taxi driver £40 to take them, with the other


saying: “I’ll give you fifty quid.” The taxi driver said: “If you give me a thousand pound I can’t take it.” The two men continue to plead with the taxi driver to take them to Birken- head, and when he continues to refuse, one of the men says: “What the f*** I’m sick of p***s mate.” One of the men then walks in front of the vehicle and gestures at the taxi driver, again calling him a ‘p***’ as another man walks off in the distance. The two men cross the road as the taxi driver pulls away, and as he drives past them, one of them screams ‘p***” again


as the driver makes off along the road. The taxi driver said it was one of several incidents he’d experienced over the weekend as passengers tried to pick up PHVs in the city centre and Wirral. The driver said “Saturday night out was a massive problem for people to get back home and many were left stranded in town until 9am Sunday morning. He said: “People were so desperate to get a taxi that they offered me £40-50 quid to take them home. I refused on a few occasions. “On one occasion I needed to go through a red light as they wanted to open my car doors. A second occasion they called me p***. The driver, who is originally from the Baltic region and has lived in the UK for over 20 years, began driving taxis in Liverpool earlier this year and says he has found such abuse to be a regular occurrence. He added: “Even English drivers get abuse of that kind, makes no difference if you are English or anybody.”


MAN CHOKED LIVERPOOL TAXI DRIVER AFTER FRIEND WAS SICK IN HIS CAR


A man choked a taxi driver in a “disgraceful” assault after an argument over paying a fee to cover his friend being sick in the car. According to the Liverpool Echo, the suspect got a taxi with a woman to Grove Street, near Falkner Square, at around 12.15am on Friday, July 16. It is understood the woman vomited in the taxi and a row broke out between the driver and the man over the cleaning fee. Police say the suspect then assaulted the driver by choking him, leaving him with injuries to his neck and face. Fllowing the incident, the man and the


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woman made off from the scene. The driver was left extremely shaken by the incident. An investigation is underway and detectives have now issued images of a man they wish to trace. Detective Inspector Phil Ryan said: “To assault someone in this manner simply for doing their job is disgraceful and we are doing all we can to find the person responsible and bring them to justice. “I would appeal to anyone who recog- nises the man or knows of his whereabouts to contact us.” Police have asked anyone with information about the man in the


picture to contact them social media via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Centre with reference 21000494647.


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