Robbers Slash Taxi Man's Head And Throat

At 9.18pm on Monday, 21 February 2011, police received a report that a taxi driver had been robbed in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth – with one man being injured.

The taxi driver, aged 66, had picked up two men at a Lansdowne taxi rank on Meyrick Road earlier that night. These two men asked to be taken to Boscombe.

When the taxi driver stopped along Adeline Road in Boscombe, one of the men restrained the victim, threatened him with a knife and demanded money.

The taxi driver was able to get out his taxi, at which point two members of the public came to his assistance.

After a brief altercation the two offenders made off.

The victim sustained cuts to his head and face and was treated at hospital for his injuries.

His mobile phone was stolen

Both offenders are white, aged in their late twenties or early thirties and wearing brown puffer-style jackets with fluffy hoods.

They ran off in the direction of Grosvenor Road.

Detective Constable Phillip Read, of Bournemouth CID, said:

 "This was a cowardly and shocking attack and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident, and anyone with any information about those responsible, to contact me as soon as possible.

"It may be that someone saw two men matching this description either getting into a taxi in the Lansdowne area or running away toward Grosvenor Road..

"Any information may help me to bring the offenders to justice."

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 22 22 22 quoting incident number 21:448. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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