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Appeal following theft of a taxi

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the theft of a taxi Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are looking for this man following the theft of a taxi in Portsmouth.

The Silver Ford Mondeo was stolen last Thursday night after this man was picked up as a fare.

The driver's takings were also stolen.

Taxi driver sprayed in the eye and then assaulted

Police are investigating a nasty assault on a taxi driver in Gravesend.

The driver picked up two men who needed to get to Denton.

As they asked him to stop, the front passenger threatened the driver with a sharp object.

He was then sprayed with something in the eye.

As he ran from the taxi and began knocking doors for help on Shamrock Road, the men approached him again and began to kick and punch him.

The taxi driver threw his mobile phone on the floor and the two men picked it up and ran.

The men ran off in the direction of Dickens Road at around 12:30am.

One of the offenders has been described as a white man, between 20 and 25, of slim build with short dark hair. He spoke with an accent and wore a blue hooded top.

Anyone with information should call 01474 366088 quoting XY/332958/13.


Crash death taxi driver 'missed forever'

Brian Maitland Credit: Kent Police/PA Wire

The family of a taxi driver killed along with one of his passengers in a crash in Kent have paid tribute to him, saying: "He will be missed forever."

Brian Maitland, 63, died at the scene of the three-car collision in Cranbrook Road, Knox Bridge, near Staplehurst.

Married father of two sons Mr Maitland, from Maidstone, was described as a loving father, grandfather and husband to wife Linda.

In a statement issued via Kent Police, his family said: "He was a keen gardener who enjoyed growing his own flowers and vegetables from seed.

"He was an active member of the Foresters Friendly Society and enjoyed organising events for them.

"Happiest spending time with his family and friends, he will be forever missed."

A post-mortem examination will take place next week as inquiries continue into the crash.

His passenger - a 47-year-old woman, who has not yet been named - also died at the scene.

An 18-year-old woman travelling in the back of the taxi remains in a stable condition in hospital.

The drivers of the other cars involved - a man in his 40s driving a Chrysler and a woman in her mid-40s driving a Ford Galaxy - were treated for minor injuries.


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