Taxi driver punched by reveller

A TAXI driver was punched in the face after an argument broke out in his car.

The cabbie had been waiting for a man and two women at the taxi rank in Station Approach, off Church Street in Hartlepool, when an argument erupted among the group.

He told the man that he was not welcome in his taxi and was then struck by the reveller and suffered minor injuries.

Police are now appealing for information about the incident at 10.15pm on Friday, February 11.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “A taxi driver was waiting for a man and two women on the taxi rank near to the Sorrento takeaway when an argument occurred and the taxi driver asked the man to leave the car.

“The man then punched the driver before walking with one of the women to the Princess Helena public house. It is believed the group had been drinking in the pubs on Whitby Street.”

The man is described as white, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, of stocky build and wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact PC Daniel Short, of Hartlepool Police, on (01642) 302178.

Information can also be passed on anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.