Driver speaks of vicious attack

A TAXI driver who was brutally attacked and robbed in an Ipswich street spoke today of his ordeal but vowed to return to work as soon as possible.The Wizard taxi driver's nightmare journey began when he picked up two men and a woman from Felixstowe train station at around 11.

A TAXI driver who was brutally attacked and robbed in an Ipswich street spoke today of his ordeal but vowed to return to work as soon as possible.

The Wizard taxi driver's nightmare journey began when he picked up two men and a woman from Felixstowe train station at around 11.15am on Wednesday .

The trio asked to be driven to Ipswich and made numerous stops in the town, firstly at Old Foundry Road, then Norwich Road.

At each place one of the men got out and returned after five minutes. The trio finally got the driver to pull over in Benezet Street where he was viciously attacked by one of the men.

He said: "I thought was a bit strange that they'd asked me to stop so many times but it's not that unusual. One of the men got out and then all of a sudden I was punched round the face by one of the others.

"He caught me in the jaw two times which left me stunned. He grabbed my wallet and took the money out of it and then he and the woman ran off out of the car."

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The pair ran off in the direction of Norwich Road. The robber got away with all of the 37-year-old driver's takings for the morning which amounted to around £70.

The driver said: "It is shocking that it happened in broad daylight. I've been doing this job for ten years and never experienced anything like it. It does make you realise what a vulnerable position you are in.

"I'm still a bit shaken and a bit nervous but I will go back to work as soon as possible."

The man who punched the driver is described as being in his early 20's, white, 5ft 5ins tall of thin build, he had short black hair and wore a white tracksuit top, jeans and dirty white trainers.

The female he was with was around the same age, white 5'2' tall with 'mousy' coloured hair, of thin build and wearing a blue top and jeans.

The taxi was a grey Ford Galaxy.

Anyone who was in the area around the time the incident took place and saw these people should call PC John Ralston at Ipswich Police on 01473 613500 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111

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