//Taxi driver attacks unacceptable – police

Taxi driver attacks unacceptable – police

UK Leyland Today: Two Asian taxi drivers were subjected to abuse and had their vehicles damaged as they worked. Police are appealing for witnesses following the two racist incidents in Bamber Bridge.

The first incident occurred on Station Road near to the Scartop Pine store in the early hours of Saturday, January 14.An Asian taxi driver was carrying a fare in the area when one of a group of males nearby threw a stone at his vehicle causing damage.On stopping the taxi, the Asian male was subjected to a torrent of racist abuse.

The second incident occurred again on Station Road, near to the Withy Trees public house. A second Asian taxi driver was carrying a fare in the area and on stopping his vehicle was surrounded by a group of males who made it impossible for him to drive away. He was also subjected to racist abuse and his vehicle was damaged.

Police are now hunting a gang of around seven males, aged between 17 to 18 years old and dressed in black hooded garments and black trousers. Insp Peter Lawson, of Bamber Bridge Police Station, said: "These incidents are completely unacceptable. "Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and any incident where racism is an aggravating factor is dealt with very seriously. "I have already put measures in place to increase patrol activity in the area where these incidents happened.  "I would ask anyone who has information that will help us identify the people responsible for these incidents to contact us. This sort of behaviour has no place in Bamber Bridge"