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Private hire driver stabbed after telling man he wasn’t for hire and needed to be pre-booked

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A private hire driver has been stabbed after an argument with a member of the public who was angered when the driver told him that he was not for hire and had to be pre-booked in Solihull.

The victim was parked outside the busy strip of bars and restaurants in Station Road on Sunday 22 August when a row started between the PHV driver and a man and woman.

After explaining to the couple that he had to be booked in advance, the driver was attacked, first having the window of his vehicle smashed before being stabbed in the arm.

The driver’s injuries are not considered life-threatening but he was taken to hospital for further treatment.

West Midlands Police are now appealing for witnesses.

A spokesperson for the force said: "We’re investigating after a taxi driver was stabbed in Station Road, Solihull at 11pm on August 22.

"The driver, in his 30s, was stabbed in the arm but thankfully his injuries are not life-threatening or life-changing.”

Police are keen to speak to any witnesses who may have information on the couple, who were seen walking away from the scene.

Information can be reported to police via Live Chat, quoting crime reference 20/923905/21, or by calling 101.


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