Cabbie spat on in robbery

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A CABBIE was left frightened and drenched after robbers spat and threw beer at him during a terrifying attack before stealing his takings.

Taxi driver Cliff Puddick, 29, said he was left “disgusted” and “scared” after two thugs refused to pay him and spat on him.

The men got into Mr Puddick’s cab outside The Bell, in Horden, at around 1.15am.

He asked them to get out but they refused and told him to take them to the travellers’ site at Seaview Industrial Estate.

Mr Puddick, who drives for Peterlee-based Chevron Taxis, said the duo were aggressive so he followed their demands.

But he was then spat at and covered in beer when they arrived at the estate.

The thugs also snatched his cash bag, which had more than £150 inside, before running off.

Mr Puddick, who lives in the Argus Butterfly area of Peterlee, said: “I was scared, they were really aggressive.

“It’s disgusting what they did.

“They spat all over me and the car. It was awful, a nightmare. I didn’t know what was going to happen.”

Police are now hunting for the men responsible.

The front-seat passenger was aged around 40-45, was of average build and height and had dark, receding hair.

The man in the rear of the cab was younger, possibly in his 30s and taller, at well over 6ft.

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said: “Police are appealing for information and anyone who might have seen the men get into the taxi at The Bell or who knows their identity is asked to contact PC Rob Mellenthin on the non-emergency 101 number.”