A cab driver who reversed into a guide dog on the pavement of a busy High Street will not be prosecuted by police.
The driver knocked into the side German Shepherd Emma, who was leading blind owner Mike Gurney on a shopping trip in Stony Stratford.
Shocked 69-year-old Mike felt Emma fall against his leg and reached out to feel the boot of a car.
He thumped it twice and yelled for the driver to stop.
Now, ironically, his action could land HIM in trouble – with an insurance claim from the cabbie for allegedly causing a dent to his taxi.
Mike, who lives in Deanshanger, rushed Emma to a vet after the August Bank Holiday weekend incident.
The dog suffered bruising and has now physically recovered.
But Mike is worried the mental trauma could affect her career as a guide dog.
“She is only 22 months old and the accident happened five and a half weeks after I had her. It could have a devastating effect,” he said.
Police originally told Mike they would prosecute the cabbie for driving without due care and attention.
But this week he received a call saying there would be no charge because it was “a legal manoeuvre”.
Said Mike: “How can it be legal to reverse onto a pavement and hit a guide dog?”
A police spokesman confirmed the incident had been reported to police, but added: “Unfortunately, TVP is unable to respond to complaints made through the media.”