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Violence puts town cabbies in state of fear

TAXI drivers in Solihull are running scared after a stark increase in the number of attacks across the region.

TAXI drivers in Solihull are running scared after a stark increase in the number of attacks across the region.

Police are investigating incidents that have seen drivers assaulted or threatened with violence.

On each occasion the robbers have demanded cash before fleeing from their victims with the evening’s takings.

Mr Tariq Ali who works for local firm, Hackney Carriage, said night shifts are becoming unbearable with the number of attacks on the rise.

“There’s always a worry when driving,” said Mr Ali who has worked at the company for three years.

“It’s increasing and my friends who work night shifts tell me about the trouble they get caught up in.

“I try and stick to doing days because there is less risk.”

A 40-year-old Crown Cars driver, who wished to remain anonymous, also backed up Mr Ali’s feelings.

“In the town centre things can get pretty heated at night and being frightened is not what we’re paid for.

“People become aggressive after having a drink and they argue with us and threaten us - it’s not nice.”

Local police have urged private hire taxi drivers to put their safety first after noticing the increase in attacks.

Officers have told drivers and their control rooms to step up security. Det Con Matt Dyer said: “We are looking into this slight increase but in the meantime we need drivers themselves to be extra vigilant. There does not appear to be any single area affected. DC Dyer also said that operators should ask for more personal details when booking, and drivers should make arrangements to deposit their takings throughout the night.

 

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