Southampton taxi bosses are calling for more to be done to keep drivers safe after two were attacked within 48 hours

Taxi drivers urged to stay vigilant after two attacks in two days

Taxi drivers urged to stay vigilant after two attacks in two days

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

TAXI drivers in Hampshire have been urged to be vigilant after two drivers were allegedly attacked within 48 hours of each other.

In the first incident a driver was reported to have been knocked unconscious in a late-night attack, while two days later a man was allegedly stabbed outside Southampton Central Railway Station.

Now, the head of the Southampton Hackney Association wants more focus on the safety of drivers in the city.

Chairman Ian Hall argued that not enough attention is paid to the difficulties taxi drivers face.

He has worked in the trade for 33 years and vividly remembers when a taxi driver in Southampton was murdered in 1986.

He said: “What concerns me, which I think concerns a lot of drivers, is that in the last 22 years there have been 65 drivers murdered in this country. It’s a particularly dangerous job at night.

“The majority of customers are absolutely fine and we do a good job at getting people home safely.

“It’s all sorts of different people we are picking up and anyone that’s getting into the car could be going through a marriage break-up or having a hard time at work, but that doesn’t give them the right to hit people.

“It can be a bit of a volatile job but this is a good city to live and work in.

“Drivers need to be a bit careful but they are anyway.”

In relation to the incident near the railway station, Nicholas Jeffrey, 27, of no fixed address, appeared in court facing charges of wounding with intent and possessing a knife in a public place.

Police investigating the Swaythling incident confirmed that they had identified a man they wanted to speak after a taxi driver was found unconscious by a colleague.

The 28-year-old victim was assaulted and left unconscious at the junction of Mansbridge Road and Howard Close.

He was found by a fellow taxi driver and taken to Southampton General Hospital, but was not seriously injured.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101.

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8:44am Wed 27 Aug 14

solentsunseeker says...

Doggie Latter was the driver that was murdered in 1986 in Shop Lane, off of Botley Road. Taxi's should be fitted with screens to protect the driver, troubles is that would loose a seat
Doggie Latter was the driver that was murdered in 1986 in Shop Lane, off of Botley Road. Taxi's should be fitted with screens to protect the driver, troubles is that would loose a seat solentsunseeker
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9:34am Wed 27 Aug 14

every day is like sunday says...

*lose* a seat
*lose* a seat every day is like sunday
  • Score: 7

11:04am Wed 27 Aug 14

Will-i-am91 says...

There's also a lot of Taxi drivers that attack "customers". My mate got attacked once but as we were both drinking (I was barely drunk) and the driver was sober we didn't have a leg to stand on. The police didn't care and the cab company weren't interested. I chose to sort it out the legal way and kept my hands of him but we got shat on
There's also a lot of Taxi drivers that attack "customers". My mate got attacked once but as we were both drinking (I was barely drunk) and the driver was sober we didn't have a leg to stand on. The police didn't care and the cab company weren't interested. I chose to sort it out the legal way and kept my hands of him but we got shat on Will-i-am91
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1:13pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Pragmatist55 says...

What exactly is the spokesman trying to say???
What exactly is the spokesman trying to say??? Pragmatist55
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2:55pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Security Concious says...

But aren't all taxis in Southampton supposed to have CCTV systems which would show who attacked these drivers? If these drivers haven't taken up the Council's subsidy for such an important safety device they can only blame themselves for not being able to provide evidence of what happened.
But aren't all taxis in Southampton supposed to have CCTV systems which would show who attacked these drivers? If these drivers haven't taken up the Council's subsidy for such an important safety device they can only blame themselves for not being able to provide evidence of what happened. Security Concious
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