Taxi driver assaulted in broad daylight

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a taxi driver was assaulted on Monday.

The 38-year-old taxi driver picked up a fare at the Wavendon Gate Cricket Club and drove him to Lindores Croft, in Monkston, arriving there at about 3.20pm.

Enroute the passenger told the driver that he did not have the cash to pay for the journey, and that he would need to get the money when he arrived at his destination.

On arrival at Lindores Croft, the passenger got into an argument with the driver. At this time the driver became aware of two men outside his vehicle.

One of these men has reached through the driver’s open window, and snatched the keys from the ignition.

The driver got out of the car and proceeded to call his firm, when he was assaulted by the three men, who knocked him to the floor and repeatedly kicked him before walking off in the direction of the Kingston estate.

The passenger is described as black, aged between 18 and 20 years old, 5ft 3ins with an average build. He was wearing a green baseball cap, a grey jumper and was holding some sort of bag.

The other two men were also black, around the same age, both were 6ft or taller and wore baseball caps.

PC James Punter said: “The driver wasn’t seriously injured in the assault, but did sustain bruising to his body and head.

“I would urge anyone with information about this incident to come forward and speak to us as soon as possible. Were you in the Lindores Croft area on Monday afternoon? Did you see these men?”

Anyone with information should contact PC Punter via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Line on 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.