Taxi driver left with swelling to his face during violent robbery by passengers

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses following the violent robbery of a taxi driver. The incident occurred on Sunday 29 September between 1am and 1.30am, when a man and woman were headed to Bootham after being picked up on Rainsborough Way. Punches were thrown by the male passenger from the rear seat close to the Churchill Hotel in Bootham.

The taxi driver was left with swelling to his face and the unknown offender also took the victim’s mobile phone from his taxi and damaged it beyond repair by throwing it on to the pavement. The police are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident. In particular, they are appealing for information from any passers-by and anyone who may have been residing at the Churchill Hotel at the time. The suspect is described as white, 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in tall, stocky build and he was wearing blue jeans and a grey hooded sweatshirt which was a pullover hooded top. He was in company with a woman who is described as white and she was wearing a black top. Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Abid Tarvaz. You can also email If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12190180667. 

Image (Remixed) Source; Flickr - North Yorkshire Police 

Image: Author; Kieren Pitts 

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