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​Police Searching For Taxi Driver Who Reportedly Knocked Out Passenger After 'Braking Excessively'

​Police Searching For Taxi Driver Who Reportedly Knocked Out Passenger After 'Braking Excessively'

Police in London are searching for a taxi driver who reportedly knocked his passenger out by slamming on the brakes, following an argument over the route of a journey.

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According to a statement from the Metropolitan Police, the incident took place on London Bridge back in May, when a passenger was travelling in the back a Hackney cab.

The two began quarrelling about the passenger's journey, believed to be destined for Sevenoaks in Kent.

"F***ing hell, I'm a southerner, yeah?" the passenger - who is not wearing a seatbelt - can be heard telling the driver in security footage filmed inside the vehicle.

The taxi driver then replies: "Mate, listen, shut your f***ing mouth. I've done it for a set price."

The driver then started 'braking excessively', reportedly injuring the man in the back, who appeared to pass out - before exiting the cab, walking round to the passenger door and dragging the man out.

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Another man then approaches the taxi and asks the driver to take him to Euston, to which the driver responds: "Yeah, alright mate."

While police have managed to track down the passenger, three months on they are still trying to find the driver.

A statement from the Met Police said: "The incident, which took place on Friday, May 17 at 1.15am on London Bridge, involved a dispute between a taxi driver and the passenger in the back of a Mercedes Vito Hackney Carriage.

"CCTV footage of the incident appears to show the driver braking excessively, causing injuries to the passenger.

"The taxi came to a stop on King William Street, EC4 where the driver exited his cab and walked around to the nearside rear passenger door and dragged the passenger out.

Police have issued this still from security footage. Credit: Metropolitan Police
Police have issued this still from security footage. Credit: Metropolitan Police

"The driver got back into his cab and was then approached by another man who asked to be taken to Euston.

"Police would like help from the public to identify the man shown in the CCTV still."

PC Phil Hastings, who is investigating, added: "Although I have now made contact with the injured passenger, we still need to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.

"I would also urge the driver and the second passenger, who approached the taxi after the assault, to come forward and speak with us."

Featured Image Credit: Metropolitan Police

Topics: News, uk news

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel (yeah, yeah, I know) and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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