Norwich: Couple Assaulted After Being Stopped In Their Car

A man and woman have facial injuries after being assaulted by some men who stopped them while they were driving down a road in Norwich.

Police are appealing for information after a couple were assaulted in Bowthorpe at the weekend.

The man and woman were in their silver Vauxhall Vectra driving along Clover Hill Road at around 12.30am on Sunday 10 February 2013, when they were stopped at the junction of Humbleyard and Beloe Avenue by two men in the road. A further two men were on the pavement.

One of the men threatened the man through the window and another smashed a bottle on the car. The woman got out of the car and was assaulted by the first man, and then the man got out and was also assaulted.

The men then ran off in opposite directions. The couple suffered facial injuries.

The men are described as follows –

1 White, in his early 20s, of stocky build with short dark hair and wearing a checked shirt;

2 White, in his mid 20s, 5 foot 10 inches tall, of muscular build with short dark hair and wearing a dark or black t-shirt;

3 White, 5 foot 9 inches tall, of small build with fair hair in a semi-spiky style and wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up and a scarf;

4 There is no description of the fourth male.

PC Chris Alexander, investigating officer said: "This was an isolated incident and we believe a case of mistaken identity, as the men appeared to think that the car was a taxi. The couple were threatened because the "taxi" was late, and then subjected to a nasty assault which has left them very shaken.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who may have heard the disturbance between 12.30am and 12.40am on Sunday morning, or may have seen the men in the street or running from the car."

Contact PC Alexander at Norwich West Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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