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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2005 5:25 pm 
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TAXI DRIVER HELD AFTER STABBING

A taxi driver was today being questioned by police after a man was stabbed in Clifton. The victim suffered a knife wound which only just missed his vital organs, detectives said.

He has not been named but is believed to be in his 20s. He is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

A taxi driver was arrested at the scene last night on suspicion of assault. He was in police custody today being questioned by detectives in connection with the incident.

The victim was rushed by ambulance to the Bristol Royal Infirmary with serious chest wounds and stab wounds to his abdomen. A black people-carrier was taken away from the scene on the back of a pick-up truck. It was held at a secure compound to be examined by police.

The incident took place at about 8pm yesterday in Whiteladies Road, near the Victoria Rooms. Police believe a dispute broke out after a taxi driver, who was booked to pick someone up from the area, refused to take another fare.

Police confirmed the man had suffered a serious wound but could not confirm how many times he had been stabbed. Officers taped off a stretch of Whiteladies Road from outside the Victoria Rooms to its junction with St Paul's Road while crime scene investigators examined the area for clues. The road was reopened about an hour later.

The driver being questioned, who is believed to be in his 40s, works for Bedminster-based Yellow Cabs, the Evening Post learned last night. He was being held at Trinity Road police station.

Last night Kevin Pope, night manager for the taxi firm, said: "He stopped working at about 5.30pm. He wasn't on duty at 8pm. We're not really sure what has happened and the police won't tell us anything.

"His sister rang to say that he rang her while the police were with him but they stopped the call and she heard them say he was under arrest.

"His mum rang us as well. She was really worried and was asking if any of us had heard from him." He refused to name the driver.

Inspector Peter Franklin, based at police headquarters in Portishead, said: "The man we have in custody is a taxi driver. "Medical staff would not commit themselves to the condition of the victim. "We can only confirm that he is to undergo surgery and are awaiting an update from medical staff. "Crime scene investigators are continuing to work on this as are our officers back at Trinity Road."

Officers were called to Whiteladies Road by paramedics. Inspector Peter Highway, who was at the scene, said: "A people- carrier-type vehicle was involved. "We are keen to hear from anyone who saw it."

The Whiteladies Road area was busy while police were there. People were milling around the area enjoying a night out as part of the three-day Bank Holiday weekend.

One passerby said: "I can't believe it. You don't expect trouble in this area of the city. Normally, it's all around the centre." People who lived nearby told the Evening Post they had not seen or heard anything, but said they were shocked that the incident had happened so close to their homes.

A woman, who asked not to be named, said: "I live just along there. I've never seen this happen before." Staff at nearby bars and clubs were also not aware of what had happened. None of the bouncers working at pubs nearby reported seeing anything happen.

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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2005 7:01 pm 
bit daft going tooled up to work. [-X
some lads ive known have had mini baseball bats. Some have even had cs spray.
i say to them and anyone else. if its that bad get another job.


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Cgull wrote:
bit daft going tooled up to work. [-X

I agree Mr Cgull. =D>

Just think the Mansfield plank use to boast about his friend leroy, that he could batter someone's head with. :shock:

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