22/08/2016 Middlesbrough

Appeal for Taxi Driver to Come Forward Following Assault in Middlesbrough

Police are appealing for the driver of a taxi to come forward after a 21-year-old woman was assaulted in a taxi as it made its way along Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough.

The incident occurred at around 4:30am on Monday 8th August when the victim and her male friend got into a taxi with another man who wasn’t known to them.

The unknown male leaned forward in the taxi and repeatedly punched the woman in the face. The victim’s friend intervened and the woman asked the taxi to stop. She and her friend got out on Linthorpe Road. The suspect chased after the woman and then returned to the taxi, got in and it then drove off.

The victim sustained cuts to her forehead and had to have stitches at James Cook University Hospital.

Officers would appeal for the driver of the taxi to contact them as he may be able to assist with their enquiries. The driver is asked to contact PC Perri Monaghan on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.