Police appeal after savage attack on cab driver in Sydenham

The attacker was kicked repeatedly in the middle of the road (Police handout)

Police are hunting these two men in connection with the attack (Police handout)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Police have released e-fit images of two men who they would like to speak with after a cab driver was attacked in Lower Sydenham.

At around 22:30 on Saturday March 4, the victim stopped outside the Prince of Wales pub on Perry Rise, SE23 to drop off some passengers who had previosuly hailed the cab from outside Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. 

A dispute over the fare ensued, resulting in the 55-year-old cab driver being assaulted by one of the male passengers.

Two or more men, who were in the vicinity and were not among the passengers in the cab, then joined in the assault by kicking him as he lay helpless in the middle of road. 

The victim suffered a broken shoulder which required surgery, and extensive bruising and cuts to his face and body.

Detective Constable Emily Earl, of Lewisham CID, said: "This was a brutal and unprovoked assault on an innocent cab driver, which resulted in him not being able to work for months. It is believed that these men are local to the area and may even reside near to where the assault took place.

"The e-fit images shows two of the attackers, the first is of a younger man with dark hair. He was one of the passengers collected from Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. The second image is of an older men. He is believed to have joined in the attack outside the pub." 

Anybody who may be able to identify the men from the efit images, or who has information about the attack, should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.