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Friday, 15 January 2016


A minicab driver was dragged from his car and beaten up by a passenger who didn’t want to pay his fare - whilst a sick bystander filmed it.

The victim picked up a man in his twenties from Invermore Place in Plumstead at around 3pm on December 12 2015. Over the course of the next hour, he asked him to drive to Crayford railway station, then Erith railway station, where they picked up a teenage girl, who was dropped off at Crayford station a short while later. Over the course of the journey, driver and passenger argued, and the cabbie asked to be paid in advance for the trips. Just before 4pm, the young man asked to be taken back to Invermore Place, close to the garages near Walmer Terrace. 

On the way there, the driver overheard him making a phone call arranging to meet someone by the garages when he arrived. Once they got there, he noticed a group of five black men waiting in the area. The passenger demanded his fare back - and when the driver refused, he was dragged out of his silver Skoda and beaten up. One of the men standing nearby filmed the assault and uploaded the video to Twitter. 

The victim was left with bruises, head injuries and a wounded hand. Around £30 in change was also stolen from his minicab. Detective Constable Danny Banks, from Greenwich CID, said: “We want to urgently speak with anyone who saw this vicious robbery and assault, or who is aware of this incident and can assist with our ongoing investigation.” The suspect is decribed as a slim black man in his twenties witha beard and an African accent. 

Crimestoppers are offering a cash reward of up to £1,000 (paid anonymously) for information that leads to one or more people being arrested and charged. Anyone with information should contact police via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Calls to Crimestoppers are free.

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