Hunt for yobs who beat up taxi driver

Vic­tim at­tacked out­side po­lice of­fice

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - David Camp­bell

A cab­bie was bat­tered out­side Pais­ley po­lice of­fice by yobs com­plain­ing about their fare.

The 45-year-old taxi driver picked up the vi­o­lent pair from Gil­mour Street Sta­tion around 8.30pm on Satur­day night.

But they kicked off over the price of the taxi and be­gan shout­ing and swear­ing at the fright­ened driver.

The quick- think­ing cab­bie de­cided to halt the jour­ney and in­stead di­verted to Mill Street po­lice of­fice to alert the cops to their be­hav­iour.

At that point the yobs launched a vi­cious as­sault on the driver, aim­ing a punch to the side of his head be­fore he man­aged to scram­ble into the po­lice of­fice.

The two sus­pects fled the scene and po­lice say they are re­view­ing CCTV footage to help trace them.

In­spec­tor Tracy Harkins, who is based at Mill Street, said: “The taxi driver was as­saulted out­side Mill Street po­lice sta­tion by two males.

“He was punched to the side of the head dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

“The two sus­pects ran off from the scene and we are keen to trace who they are.

“En­quiries are on­go­ing and we are study­ing CCTV to try and iden­tify these two males.

“If you saw this in­ci­dent or have any other in­for­ma­tion that could help our en­quiries then I would ask that you con­tact po­lice on 101.”

Mean­while, an­other Pais­ley taxi driver was as­saulted on Fri­day night in Pais­ley’s Lady Lane.

This cab­bie was also racially abused dur­ing the in­ci­dent, which hap­pened at around 11pm.

It is be­lieved a male and fe­male tried to get in the car but were heav­ily un­der the in­flu­ence of drink and were asked to leave.

At this point they kicked off, and the driver was punched on the head and bit­ten to the hand.

He was then sub­jected to vile racist abuse.

A Po­lice Scot­land spokes­woman said that a man and woman had been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with this in­ci­dent and are due to ap­pear in court.

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