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Appeal after taxi driver assaulted

Police have released images of three men they would like to speak to after a taxi driver was assaulted in Chandlers Ford on Saturday, January 10.

At around 9pm the 45 year-old driver arrived at the Asda car park on Bournemouth Road to drop off three men he had picked up in the Witts Hill area of Southampton.

The driver reported that he was punched to the side of the head and the men left without paying him. They were last seen heading on foot towards Chestnut Avenue. The driver was not injured and nothing was taken during the unprovoked assault.

Police are now releasing images of three men they would like to speak to in connection with this incident. They are described as:

Two of the men are white, the third man is of mixed race.All are of slim build and aged in their late teens or early twenties.One man was wearing a dark hooded top and a dark baseball cap.

One man was wearing a grey hooded top.Anyone with any information or the drivers of vehicles in the car park who may have seen what happened are asked to contact PC Jason Gore at Eastleigh police station on 101 quoting 44150010761

Kent Police arrest taxi driver over fraud

A 37-year-old taxi driver has been arrested on suspicion of fraud in the Maidstone area.

The man from Poplar was arrested on 4.25pm on Tuesday and a black Volkswagon was seized.

The arrest followed a call to Kent Police from the public at 3.45pm when a woman received a call she had from a man claiming to be a 'bank investigator'.

The incident has prompted Kent Police to remind people not to be persuaded to hand large sums of cash to people saying they are from a service.

Banks, or the police, will never ask for personal banking data or PIN numbers over the telephone. We would certainly never request people to withdraw cash and hand it to us or any third party. Anyone contacted in this way is advised to contact their bank from a separate telephone **and report the matter to the police."

РDS Adrian Brown, who heads Kent Police’s genuine fraud investigation unit


Taxi race attack: 3 charged

Three people have been charged following a racially motivated attack on a taxi driver in New Road, Ditton on 26 February2012.

43 -year-old John Botten of Medina Road Ditton, 25 -year-old Sherry Draper of Cemetary Lane, Hadlow and 23 -year-old Owen David Leader of Winston Avenue West Malling have each been charged with one count of racially aggravated assault and one count of racially aggravated criminal damage.

They have all been bailed to appear at Maidstone Magistrates' Court on 19 April