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DETECTIVES ARE HOPING a fresh request for information will jog the memory of people who may have witnessed a savage assault on a cabbie’s hackney carriage vehicle on Christmas Day 2017.

Taxi driver Muhammad Raja had stopped his cab in Haven Avenue to pick up a passenger when he was attacked by two men with scaffold poles.

Mr Raja said the men took offence to him stopping in the middle of the road, because of parked cars, and got out of their car to attack him.

Mr Raja added:

The white car drove in front of my taxi, blocked the road and then two people got out of the car. One of them opened the boot of their car and got out a scaffolding pole which was used to smash my front windscreen.

My wing-mirrors were also kicked off, one of my windscreen wipers was snapped off and there was a dent in my boot. I feared for my life and the safety of my passenger. I was thinking of my two children and about what would happen to my family if I was no longer there.

“I am still in shock, I never thought someone would do this to me. I haven’t slept properly since the attack. I have been to the doctors for sleeping tablets and I have been for counselling.

“I just feel so angry and helpless and I hope people will contact the police with any information which will help them to arrest these men.”

A police spokesman said:

At 9:50pm on Christmas Day, a taxi was parked up on a bend in Haven Avenue when a car pulled alongside and one of the occupants began shouting at the taxi driver and spat at him.

Two men got out of the car and smashed the taxi’s front and rear windscreens, wing mirrors and nearside headlight.

“The taxi driver managed to drive away and report the incident at Burslem police station. The vehicle involved is a white estate car with its back windows blacked out.”

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