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APPEAL: Passenger injured following Maidstone taxi dispute

Wednesday 11th September 2019

A TAXI passenger was “threatened and held against his will” after making a joke to a Maidstone driver. 

The victim and two friends caught a taxi in King Street, at around 12.30am on Saturday, August 24 2019. It is reported they made a 'joke' to the driver, following which he reacted by driving erratically and going through a red light.

The car, described as a large black Ford with a sliding door, later stopped on the A20 at the junction with Hermitage Lane in Aylesford. However, after two of the passengers exited, the vehicle is said to have been driven away at speed and with the victim still inside.

It is alleged the driver then made threats to the man, who went on to jump out of the vehicle as it was moving and sustained a number of injuries.

Officers have carried out a number of enquiries, including contacting local taxi firms and reviewing CCTV, and are now issuing an image of a man they would like to speak to.

Detective Constable Lynda Birch, of west Kent CID said: "It is important we speak to this man, who may have important information to help us establish the full circumstances. Whilst the only image we have of him does not show the front of his face there is still a good chance that someone may recognise him or his clothing. If you can help please call our appeals line on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/163015/19."

If you have information and would prefer to remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

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