Another cabbie finds it tough to steer clear off racist attack

Gang racially assaults a St Albans cabbie

25th March 2011: In yet another incident of racist attack on a taxi driver, a gang racially assaulted a St Albans cabbie.

The racist became abusive towards the driver before racially abusing him during their journey to Edgware but during the journey on March 13 at around midnight.

The cabbie decided to stop the taxi in Watling Street, Park Street village, and take them back to St Albans due to their behaviour. As he was doing so, two of the men opened the door, assaulting and injuring him, before making off towards Park Street railway station.

In an attempt to nab them, the police have come out with CCTV footage of the men the wanted to speak to.

Investigating, Dc Robert Sheldon said they are really keen to speak to the men in the footage or for anyone who recognises them to get in touch. They would also ask if anyone knows anything about the incident to get in touch.

Just a few days ago, a Portsmouth taxi driver too became a victim of racist attack. He has allegedly abused and beaten up by racist thugs.

Two of them not just racially abused and assaulted the driver, but nearly resulted in a crash as the 40-year-old cabbie was driving.

He had collected two passengers from the KFC car park in Fratton Way. The duo started hurling racist abuse at him, just as the cabbie drove towards the roundabout at the junction of Fratton Way and Goldsmith Avenue, in Southsea.

To make the matters worse, one pulled the taxi’s handbrake even as the vehicle was moving. The action almost resulted in a collision with a car travelling behind.

Only recently, the Institute of Race Relations had ‘exposed the reach of racial violence that continues to spread across the county’.

Random street attacks by gangs of youths; attacks on workers in isolated jobs, such as taxi drivers, takeaway and restaurant owners, and railway staff; alcohol-fuelled racist abuse; arson attacks and cases of graffiti and vandalism — all figure in a list of `some of the most serious cases of abuse and physical violence’ between January and June 2010.
Attacks on Muslims and vandalism in and around mosques also feature highly on the list.

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