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Remembrance Sunday attack leaves Private Hire driver badly beaten by two passengers who threatened him with a knife

20 Nov 2018


A private hire driver has been left unable to work after being brutally attacked by two passengers who said they didn’t have the money to pay for a journey.

The attack took place during the early hours of Remembrance Sunday, when PHV driver Sebastian Ziomkowski, 29, picked up two men that wanted a routine trip to Marske, North Yorkshire.

The Teeside Live reported that on arrival to their destination, the two men told Ziomkowski that they didn’t have the means to pay for the ride but they did have a knife.

The two men then began to attack Ziomkowski, repeatedly punching him in the face. I passerby was able to alert the police and the two men were able to flee the scene.

Mr Ziomkowski sustained cuts and bruises to his face as well as a broken nose.

He has been unable to go back to work since the attack and its not yet clear if he will continue to drive a private hire vehicle in the future.

The police are now investigating the attack and any leads that may bring the offenders to justice are welcomed.

The first attacker is described as “white, of slim build, 5’7” tall, with blonde hair and a chubby oval face.” He was wearing a red puffy type jacket with a white stripe on it.

The second man is described as “medium build, 5’9” or 10”, short dark hair.

Anyone with information which may assist the police’s investigation is urged to contact DC Iona Leigh-Jones via 101 number, quoting Event 207715. 

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