Masked robbers burst into Able Senator Cars’ office in Newborough Road, Shirley at just before 3am on Sunday April 15, demanding cash.
One of the office staff, aged in his early twenties, had a gun held to his head while his teenage colleague was badly beaten but neither were able to handover any takings as they had already been removed from the office. The two robbers eventually fled empty-handed.
Day manager Sultan Mirza said: “The two lads were terrified. One just suffered some bruising to his face but the younger lad got beaten up quite badly and went to hospital. His face was really swollen.
“Our little office was in a bad state. Blood was splattered everywhere and there was a pool of it, about a foot by a foot-and-a-half wide, on the floor.”
Mr Mirza said the small ‘family like’ company were still in shock over the attack.
“It’s a sign of the times, but I don’t want to use the recession as an excuse.
“Right is right and wrong is wrong, no matter how much money you have.”
He added that it was the first time the taxi firm had ever been the victim of an attempted robbery and they were considering beefing up security as a result.
The men are described as being black, aged in their late twenties to early thirties, and wearing dark hoodies. One man was said to be tall and skinny, while the other is short and stocky.