Appeal for information on “brutal” Sydenham cab driver attack

The two men the MET wish to identify  Pic: Metropolitan Police

E-fit images of two men being sought for a ‘brutal’ attack on a cab driver in Lewisham in March have been released by the Metropolitan Police in a renewed appeal for information.

The incident took place after the driver had dropped passengers outside the Prince of Wales pub in Perry Rise, Lower Sydenham. The cab had originally been hailed from Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium.

The 55-year-old driver was then violently assaulted by one of the male passengers after a dispute broke out regarding the fare. Two or more men who were not in the cab, then joined in on the assault and kicked the victim while he lay in the middle of the road. It is not yet known whether these men previously knew each other.

The victim required surgery for a broken shoulder and suffered extensive bruising and cuts to his face and body.

Detective Constable Emily Earl of Lewisham police, said: “This was a brutal and unprovoked assault on an innocent cab driver, which resulted in him not being able to work for months. It is believed that these men are local to the area and may even reside near to where the assault took place.

“The e-fit images show two of the attackers, the first is of a younger man with dark hair. He was one of the passengers collected from Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. The second image is of an older men. He is believed to have joined in the attack outside the pub.”

Lewisham police are appealing to anyone who has any information on the identity or whereabouts of these men, or any information about the attack, to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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