Teenager arrested after Portsmouth taxi driver is attacked

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A TEENAGER has been quizzed on suspicion of robbery following an attack on a taxi driver.

The 59-year-old Portsmouth victim had picked up five men in the city on a fare to Bordon when the attack happened.

One passenger got out in Whitehill. The driver continued to Bordon and was dropping the other men off on Bordon Road when they became aggressive and refused to pay for their journey.

The taxi driver was repeatedly hit over the head by one of the passengers. His mobile phone and the phone cradle were stolen.

The victim was treated at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford following the attack at about 4.30am on Sunday.

Police later arrested a 19-year-old Petersfield man on suspicion of robbery. He was bailed until December pending further inquiries.

Detective Constable Ian Turner said: ‘This was a nasty assault on a taxi driver, who thankfully wasn’t more seriously injured. He has given us good descriptions of the men and so we feel certain that someone will know who they are.’

The front seat passenger is white, aged 18 to 19 and about 5ft 9in with curly fair hair. He wore a light-coloured jumper and dark trousers.

The back seat passenger who got out at Whitehill is white, also aged 18 to 19, 6ft 3in with black hair and was stocky. He wore blue jeans and a dark jacket. Another back seat passenger is white and 5ft 8in with dark hair. He wore a grey coat. The passenger sat behind the driver is white, 5ft 8in with short, dark hair. Call Alton CID on 101.