Taxi driver attacks man in Chichester


POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a taxi driver attacked a man and damaged his car in a road rage incident.

At about 4.15pm on Friday, May 23, officers were called to Orchard Street in Chichester to a report that a man had been assaulted.

The 68-year-old man from Horsham was sitting in traffic when the driver of a taxi behind him tried to open the victim’s car door and then kicked off his wing mirror.

After the offender had returned to his vehicle the 68-year-old got out of his black Mercedes to photograph the damage to his car and to record the registration number of the attacker’s car. As he did so the man returned and repeatedly punched him.

The victim was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital with minor head and neck injuries. The offender drove off.

PC Stu Bethan said: “The attacker was driving a maroon Hackney cab and we believe he had a customer in the back of his taxi while he was assaulting his victim.

“I am very keen to speak to that person as they may have seen the moments building up to the attack as well as the attack itself.

“I would also like to speak to anyone else who was in the area around Orchard Street on Friday and saw or heard the incident happening.

“If you know anything at all please contact me.”

A 43-year-old man from Emsworth was arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage and questioned before being released on bail until July 6, while officers carry out further inquiries.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1009 of 23/5, email Sussex Police or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111