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Cabbie gun threat ordeal

PUBLISHED: 12:25 27 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

A TAXI driver is recovering today after being threatened with a gun as he travelled through a Suffolk village.

The incident came just hours before a man received facial injuries in a fight in Woodbridge Road.

A TAXI driver is recovering today after being threatened with a gun as he travelled through a Suffolk village.

The incident came just hours before a man received facial injuries in a fight in Woodbridge Road.

The threat to the taxi driver happened yesterday afternoon after the cabbie had picked up the man from Colchester.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said that while the driver and his passenger were travelling along Hadleigh Road at Sproughton the man pulled what is believed to be a handgun on the cabbie.

The car stopped at the junction of Church Lane and an argument broke out, followed by a fight.

Although that particular area is fairly isolated because there are few houses nearby, the road is very busy.

Eventually the man ran off but police who attended the scene called an ambulance after the taxi driver suffered an asthma attack as a result of the incident.

He was taken to Ipswich Hospital with minor injuries to his ear.

The gun man is described as in his late 20's to mid 30's and was wearing dark jogging bottoms and a dark top. He was also unshaven and had dark hair. It is thought that the man was from a Colchester cab firm.

Police are investigating the incident, which happened at 2pm, and need witness to the incident to come forward. Anyone with information should call 01473 613500.

Meanwhile a middle-aged man was taken to Ipswich Hospital in the early hours of this morning after a fight broke out in Woodbridge Road at 2.30.

The injured man, a kitchen porter at the Belstead Brook Hotel, drove to his workplace to seek help.

Thalia Barker, assistant manager, said: "The man had gashes … and there was blood running down his face. He came to the hotel because he had nowhere else to go. His injuries were a lot worse than he first thought."

She praised the night porters for helping the injured man … a former disc jockey.

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