Taxi driver beaten in roadside robbery

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A taxi driver was beaten, robbed and left by the side of an isolated Fen road.

Tony Slabber (49) staggered to nearby Upwell after the attack in which he ended up in a water-filled dyke. He was left with two badly bruised eyes and bruised ribs after the robbery in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He was set upon by two men he picked up from the taxi rank outside The Case in Wisbech after one of them claimed to be ill.

They took his night’s takings – around £180 – and stole his car which was later found abandoned near Thomas Clarkson Academy in Corporation Road, Wisbech.

Mr Slabber said he began to get suspicious after the men kept changing their mind about their destination. One of them then said he was ill and wanted to get out of the car. The Outwell driver was attacked as he got out of the car to see if the man was all right.

He said: “I can’t say how fast he was, he moved so quick. I think the two of them worked together. They just laid into me. I realised I was making a noise when they hit me, so I stopped. I thought they might think I was out cold. Then I heard the car drive off.”

Mr Slabber, who had been left by the side of the A1101 Welney Road, managed to stagger to the Five Bells in Upwell where he was helped by two men. He wanted to thank them as he did not get their names.

The two attackers were described as Eastern European. One of the males was around 5ft 11in tall, slim build with tanned skin, aged 23 to 25 with dark brown short hair and clean shaven. He wore dark tracksuit bottoms, a T-shirt and trainers.

The other male was described as being slightly shorter, with a paler complexion, of stocky build and aged in his early 20s. He had short blonde straight hair and was also clean shaven. He was wearing cropped jeans to around knee length and a multi-coloured top mainly white, orange and yellow in colour.

The Wisbech Taxi Drivers’ Association is offering a £500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Association chairman Dave Patrick said: “This was a heinous attack that was unprovoked. I would appeal to the Eastern European community in Wisbech, if they know these people, give them up.”

• Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Emma Cross at King’s Lynn CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.