Woman, 55, attacked in Castlepoint car park at midnight on Sunday

Police hunt thug who punched female taxi driver when she asked him to stop swearing

Police hunt thug who punched female taxi driver when she asked him to stop swearing

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POLICE are hunting a man who attacked a female taxi driver after she asked him to stop swearing.

During the assault, which took place in the small car park in front of Frankie and Benny’s restaurant at Castlepoint last Sunday, the 55-year-old victim was punched in the face and kicked.

She had picked up the men from outside the Tourist Information Centre in Westover Road before taking them to the shopping centre at around midnight, and asked her passengers to stop using foul language.

One of the men then punched her to the side of the face.

She got out of the taxi and the offender continued to punch her, causing her to fall to the ground.

He then kicked at her head, chest and arms.  The victim sustained a two inch cut above her left eye and swelling to her face.

The other passengers shouted at the offender to stop the assault.

Together the three men and the offender got into a small black car, parked outside Nandos in the same car park, and drove from the scene.

Constable Gareth Belsey, of Bournemouth police, said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack which caused injury and a lot of pain to the victim.

“I am appealing for anyone who saw the incident or who may have any information that could help with the investigation to contact Dorset Police.

“I am particularly keen to speak with anyone who may have seen four black or Asian men in the area around the Tourist Information Centre on Westover Road, or at Castlepoint, around midnight on Sunday, August 17 2014.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 17:03. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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1:55pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Huey says...

Cowardly scum who no doubt thinks he is a big man picking on a lady driving a cab.
I expect this will have a big impact on her and her job.
Even if they catch him I have little hope he would be sent to jail. The courts consistently fail to deliver apt sentences.
Cowardly scum who no doubt thinks he is a big man picking on a lady driving a cab. I expect this will have a big impact on her and her job. Even if they catch him I have little hope he would be sent to jail. The courts consistently fail to deliver apt sentences. Huey
  • Score: 84

1:58pm Fri 22 Aug 14

burgerboy says...

All cabs should be fitted with CCTV, If not why not, no excuse.......
All cabs should be fitted with CCTV, If not why not, no excuse....... burgerboy
  • Score: 61

2:02pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Controversial But True says...

Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL!
Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL! Controversial But True
  • Score: -51

2:50pm Fri 22 Aug 14

old duffa says...

Controversial But True wrote:
Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL!
yes,but at least some people are prepared to speak out to give this country some hope
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL![/p][/quote]yes,but at least some people are prepared to speak out to give this country some hope old duffa
  • Score: 73

3:46pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Lord Parkstone says...

Sadly the description of these morons speaks volumes as to them women are and always will be second rate which is why they have no respect for them.
Hope they get these vermin not that they will get much in the way of punishment thanks to our pathetic legal system.
Sadly the description of these morons speaks volumes as to them women are and always will be second rate which is why they have no respect for them. Hope they get these vermin not that they will get much in the way of punishment thanks to our pathetic legal system. Lord Parkstone
  • Score: 65

3:47pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Jack loveme says...

Controversial But True wrote:
Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL!
If they are immigrants they should be sent back to the country of origin after a lengthy prison sentence ( which is unlikely for violent crime )
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL![/p][/quote]If they are immigrants they should be sent back to the country of origin after a lengthy prison sentence ( which is unlikely for violent crime ) Jack loveme
  • Score: 70

4:13pm Fri 22 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

If they get caught they will spout alcohol and drug addiction made them do it.
If they get caught they will spout alcohol and drug addiction made them do it. BIGTONE
  • Score: 35

4:37pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Controversial But True says...

Controversial But True wrote:
Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL!
Wow!! I'm getting thumbs down for being anti-racist!!

Am I in the wrong country!?
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL![/p][/quote]Wow!! I'm getting thumbs down for being anti-racist!! Am I in the wrong country!? Controversial But True
  • Score: -20

4:45pm Fri 22 Aug 14

beachcomber1 says...

i am surprised, as in my experience white Brits are by far the most foul-mouthed group of people, if generalisations may be made.
i am surprised, as in my experience white Brits are by far the most foul-mouthed group of people, if generalisations may be made. beachcomber1
  • Score: -27

5:02pm Fri 22 Aug 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Controversial But True wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL!
Wow!! I'm getting thumbs down for being anti-racist!!

Am I in the wrong country!?
Yes. Please don't slam the door on the way out .
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL![/p][/quote]Wow!! I'm getting thumbs down for being anti-racist!! Am I in the wrong country!?[/p][/quote]Yes. Please don't slam the door on the way out . HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 33

5:15pm Fri 22 Aug 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL!
Wow!! I'm getting thumbs down for being anti-racist!!

Am I in the wrong country!?
Yes. Please don't slam the door on the way out .
Immigrants only benefit the rich with cheap labour. That means we have to work for less thus increasing the rich/poor divide.

Who's communities do they bring their voodoo and sharia law to? Not the rich.
.
If you're not rich then immigrants are only bad news for you.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL![/p][/quote]Wow!! I'm getting thumbs down for being anti-racist!! Am I in the wrong country!?[/p][/quote]Yes. Please don't slam the door on the way out .[/p][/quote]Immigrants only benefit the rich with cheap labour. That means we have to work for less thus increasing the rich/poor divide. Who's communities do they bring their voodoo and sharia law to? Not the rich. . If you're not rich then immigrants are only bad news for you. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 26

5:30pm Fri 22 Aug 14

djd says...

Many people fitting the description given were born and bred in this country. They are as British as most of us are. I really don't see where the immigration card comes into this story.
Many people fitting the description given were born and bred in this country. They are as British as most of us are. I really don't see where the immigration card comes into this story. djd
  • Score: -25

5:57pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Townee says...

Did she get paid for the trip? If not that's another charge to add to assault. It's a pity that a lady has to work night to earn a living by driving yobs about.
Did she get paid for the trip? If not that's another charge to add to assault. It's a pity that a lady has to work night to earn a living by driving yobs about. Townee
  • Score: 26

6:51pm Fri 22 Aug 14

scrumpyjack says...

Lord Parkstone wrote:
Sadly the description of these morons speaks volumes as to them women are and always will be second rate which is why they have no respect for them.
Hope they get these vermin not that they will get much in the way of punishment thanks to our pathetic legal system.
The british try very hard not to judge by race/'community' but whenever we read about these sort of attacks and about the sort of violence used by the burglars who beat the poor university lecturer recently you kind of always know....

But that's the elephant for you.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Parkstone[/bold] wrote: Sadly the description of these morons speaks volumes as to them women are and always will be second rate which is why they have no respect for them. Hope they get these vermin not that they will get much in the way of punishment thanks to our pathetic legal system.[/p][/quote]The british try very hard not to judge by race/'community' but whenever we read about these sort of attacks and about the sort of violence used by the burglars who beat the poor university lecturer recently you kind of always know.... But that's the elephant for you. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 17

6:54pm Fri 22 Aug 14

scrumpyjack says...

djd wrote:
Many people fitting the description given were born and bred in this country. They are as British as most of us are. I really don't see where the immigration card comes into this story.
Hertiage can be very entrenched.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: Many people fitting the description given were born and bred in this country. They are as British as most of us are. I really don't see where the immigration card comes into this story.[/p][/quote]Hertiage can be very entrenched. scrumpyjack
  • Score: -1

7:09pm Fri 22 Aug 14

billy bumble says...

These guys may still get lucky

They may come up before Wiggs or , even better for them , Peter Johnson
These guys may still get lucky They may come up before Wiggs or , even better for them , Peter Johnson billy bumble
  • Score: 3

8:05pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Marty Caine says...

I thought there was CCTV at Castle Point ? Have the police thought of checking yet.
I thought there was CCTV at Castle Point ? Have the police thought of checking yet. Marty Caine
  • Score: -7

10:51pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

Cab drivers in the US are entitled to conceal carry, if local laws allow it.

Just in case these 'men' try it on in a visit to NYC.
Cab drivers in the US are entitled to conceal carry, if local laws allow it. Just in case these 'men' try it on in a visit to NYC. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

5:10am Sat 23 Aug 14

Redgolfer says...

burgerboy wrote:
All cabs should be fitted with CCTV, If not why not, no excuse.......
They are fitted in Oxford and other places along with Audio and whenever the cab is working then these are switched on.
If either the driver or passenger makes a complaint then the police will download evidence, Bournemouth Licensing discussed these moves and then decided it would be too expensive but they take thousands from owners, drivers, that is all they care about money !!!
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: All cabs should be fitted with CCTV, If not why not, no excuse.......[/p][/quote]They are fitted in Oxford and other places along with Audio and whenever the cab is working then these are switched on. If either the driver or passenger makes a complaint then the police will download evidence, Bournemouth Licensing discussed these moves and then decided it would be too expensive but they take thousands from owners, drivers, that is all they care about money !!! Redgolfer
  • Score: 11

8:37am Sat 23 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

Yankee1 wrote:
Cab drivers in the US are entitled to conceal carry, if local laws allow it.

Just in case these 'men' try it on in a visit to NYC.
That's why they do things like that here because there is no fear of being carried off in a body bag.
Personally I tolerate a preference to live in a society like it is here with occasional retards,rather than have the surprise of hearing a terminal loud bang.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: Cab drivers in the US are entitled to conceal carry, if local laws allow it. Just in case these 'men' try it on in a visit to NYC.[/p][/quote]That's why they do things like that here because there is no fear of being carried off in a body bag. Personally I tolerate a preference to live in a society like it is here with occasional retards,rather than have the surprise of hearing a terminal loud bang. BIGTONE
  • Score: 2

9:36am Sat 23 Aug 14

visionthing says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL!
Wow!! I'm getting thumbs down for being anti-racist!!

Am I in the wrong country!?
Yes. Please don't slam the door on the way out .
Immigrants only benefit the rich with cheap labour. That means we have to work for less thus increasing the rich/poor divide.

Who's communities do they bring their voodoo and sharia law to? Not the rich.
.
If you're not rich then immigrants are only bad news for you.
Man your an idiot.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Sadly, more fuel for UKIP and EDL![/p][/quote]Wow!! I'm getting thumbs down for being anti-racist!! Am I in the wrong country!?[/p][/quote]Yes. Please don't slam the door on the way out .[/p][/quote]Immigrants only benefit the rich with cheap labour. That means we have to work for less thus increasing the rich/poor divide. Who's communities do they bring their voodoo and sharia law to? Not the rich. . If you're not rich then immigrants are only bad news for you.[/p][/quote]Man your an idiot. visionthing
  • Score: 0

11:18pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Mrs C. A Townend says...

People swear that's life, but there is no reason what so ever to get violent just because someone asked you to stop.
People swear that's life, but there is no reason what so ever to get violent just because someone asked you to stop. Mrs C. A Townend
  • Score: 2

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