Four armed masked men sought over bru­tal as­sault

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A RI­VAL taxi com­pany has de­nied claims they were be­hind the bru­tal as­sault of a man by four bal­a­clava-clad men cap­tured on CCTV.

Po­lice al­lege the four armed men knocked on the door of the Klyn Cct home in Gove and lay in wait un­der the cover in dark­ness un­til the oc­cu­pant ap­peared.

The CCTV footage re­veals the vi­cious at­tack which left the man hos­pi­talised with se­ri­ous in­juries. Ru­mours on so­cial me­dia sug­gested the in­ci­dent was fu­elled by a ri­valry be­tween Gove’s two taxi busi­nesses. But an em­ployee from Gove Taxi Ser­vices said po­lice had ques­tioned them over the in­ci­dent but they had no in­volve­ment.

“The po­lice asked me who we think had done it and I said I don’t know, be­cause every­body is ac­cus­ing us,” he said.

Se­nior Sergeant Daniel Whit­field-Jones said one man was armed with a knife while the other three car­ried lengths of tim­ber at 8.30pm on Wed­nes­day. “The men then re­peat­edly struck the vic­tim with their weapons be­fore flee­ing to a wait­ing car in a nearby street and speed­ing away.”

“We’re told the four men were all of a sim­i­lar height, around 175 and 180cm tall, of medium build and wear­ing long-sleeved shirts, bal­a­clavas and gloves,” he said.

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