December 9 2013 Latest news:
Story by: JOHN ELWORTHY
Monday, September 23, 2013
Police hope the release of a CCTV image might help them to trace two men they want to speak to following an assault and robbery of a taxi driver in Upwell near Wisbech.
Norfolk Police issued the image six weeks after Tony Slabber, 49, was punched and kicked into a water fill dyke, robbed and left semi conscious as his attackers fled.
A police spokesman said the incident took place in the early hours of Saturday August 10 after the victim picked up two men from the taxi rank outside the bingo hall in Wisbech.
“The men asked to be taken to Upwell however on the way one claimed to be ill and as the taxi driver went to his aid the duo assaulted him, demanded cash and then drove off in his vehicle, a silver Vauxhall Vectra,” said a police spokesman.
“The car was found abandoned close to Thomas Clarkson School in Corporation Road, Wisbech later the same day.
“Officers want to speak to the men pictured as they may be able to assist with this inquiry.”
Anyone with information should contact King’s Lynn CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Mr Slabber has recovered from his injuries and has since returned to work. He said afterwards his attackers had fled with around £300.
Det Con Emma Cross, who is investigating the incident, described it as “a nasty attack on a man who was merely trying to earn a living. As well as having to receive hospital treatment the victim has been left very shaken by what happened to him.
“We are very keen to speak to anyone who recognises the description of either male or who may have spotted the victim in the area after the attack or seen the vehicle in the vicinity of Wisbech.”
Dave Patrick, chairman of the local taxi drivers’ association, said he and his colleagues were offering a £500 reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
“This was a heinous and despicable attack and robbery,” he said.