Taxi Driver Attacked With Knife

Police are appealing for witnesses after a taxi driver was robbed and violently assaulted by two men in Luton early Saturday morning.

It happened at around 4.30am in the car park at Hilltop Court, Downs Road, Luton, after the 39 year old taxi driver had collected the three passengers - two white males and one black male who was intoxicated and carried into the taxi - from outside a nightclub in Aylesbury.

Having driven to the address in Luton, the two white males have gone into a property to get payment but then returned with two other men. A dispute over the fare has then ensued and the taxi driver was attacked by the two men who had been passengers with a knife and metal bar causing facial injuries and puncture wounds to both of his arms. A large amount of money, two mobile phones and a PDA system were stolen before the offenders left with the two other men who were dragging the intoxicated passenger - who had slept throughout the journey - out of the car and along the road.

Members of the public contacted Bedfordshire Police and the victim was taken to the Luton & Dunstable Hospital for treatment.

The black male was also located in a nearby stairwell. He was also taken to hospital.

Detective Constable Jo Bosson, who is investigating the robbery, is keen to hear from anybody who was in the Downs Road area at the time of the robbery and may have seen the attack or the two men fleeing the area with the unconscious man.

DC Bosson said: "This was an extremely brutal and violent assault on a man going about his daily business. He has been left with some very nasty injuries and extremely shaken up by the whole incident.

"We are currently looking at CCTV footage from the Market Square in Aylesbury where the offenders were picked up and we are also continuing our enquiries in the Downs Road area. However, I would urge anyone with any information relating to this attack to get in touch so that we can prevent these offenders from committing any further robberies."

The two offenders are both white males, in their late teens or early 20s. One was wearing a black hooded top while the other wore a white or light cream coloured jacket.

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