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Fresh appeal in taxi driver robbery

PUBLISHED: 10:57 19 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

POLICE today renewed their appeal for witnesses to a violent robbery to come forward.

In the incident at Sproughton near Ipswich, a taxi driver was threatened by a man holding an imitation firearm - who then bit him severely during a struggle.

POLICE today renewed their appeal for witnesses to a violent robbery to come forward.

In the incident at Sproughton near Ipswich, a taxi driver was threatened by a man holding an imitation firearm – who then bit him severely during a struggle.

The robbery took place at around 1.45pm on Friday, October 26. The taxi driver had picked up a man from Colchester, and was driving along Hadleigh Road, from the Ipswich direction, towards Sproughton.

At the junction with Church Lane, the passenger threatened the driver with what appeared to be a gun.

The taxi driver stopped the car and there was a brief fight, which left him with injuries including severe bites to his forearm.

The robber ran off, but the driver managed to take away the gun, which turned out to be an imitation.

Officers would like to speak to the drivers of a blue transit van and a white driving school car who were in the area at the time. Police also want to trace a woman with a pony tail who was driving a car in the area at the time. She approached the two men and spoke to them briefly before driving off.

Police are asking for these people and anybody else with information to telephone Pc John Pallant on 01473 383018, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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