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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:06 pm 
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Digbeth taxi driver stabbed and punched as passengers refuse to pay £8 fare

A taxi driver was savagely stabbed in the shoulder and punched in the face in a row over an £8 fare.

Driver Tahir Imran, 38, was working the night shift on Tuesday (July 21), when he was viciously set upon by passengers as he drove through Digbeth.

The attack, his wife claims, came just minutes after he picked up two male passengers from Ravenshurst Street at 2am.

The pair, who were travelling to Lozells, were asked to pay the £8 fare upfront - they refused and instead pulled out a knife.

Tahir, a dad-of-five, was stabbed in the left shoulder and punched in the face before the thugs ran from the scene of the attack on Bradford Street.

His brother-in-law Habib Rizwan, who had been on the phone to Tahir at the time of the attack, alerted the police who soon flooded the scene.

The taxi driver - who works for Acocks Green-based 247 Cars - was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he remains. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.

His family have been unable to visit him owing to coronavirus restrictions, but his wife, Nargis, told BirminghamLive she had been left devastated following the attack.

Nargis, who lives with her husband and children in Sheldon, said: "My husband picked up two males travelling from Ravenshurst Street in Digbeth to Lozells. Because they were travelling after midnight, it is the company rule to take an upfront fare.

"The car had moved only yards, to Bradford Street, when the passengers set upon Tahir. They had refused to pay the £8 fee and instead stabbed him in the shoulder.

"My husband's brother was on the phone to him at the time and heard everything. He called the taxi company and the emergency services and we rushed down to Bradford Street. When we arrived there were about ten police cars, but my husband had already been taken to hospital.

"Why couldn't they leave him? Why did they have to stab him? He's been a taxi driver for ten years and there's been a lot of disputes over fares but never anything involving a knife.

"He's still in hospital. We've been able to speak to him over the phone but not visit, which is heartbreaking. I don't think i'm ever going to be happy with him doing a night shift again. Assaults like this are life-changing and I couldn't live without him."

West Midlands Police confirmed they were aware of the incident and we are awaiting a statement.

The assault is the latest in a string of attacks against taxi drivers.

Early in June, a Birmingham taxi driver spoke of his shock at being bombarded with vile racist abuse from a customer - in an onslaught recorded on his dashcam.

Abid Satti remained calm and composed as the front seat passenger spouted a volley of insults at him - and told him:“This is England by the way.”

The father-of-four captured some of the disgusting tirade on camera before the passenger handed him his fare and said: “F**k off. F****** Muslim c***.”

A man was later arrested as police probed the racist attack.

And on June 30, a taxi driver was set upon in Kimpton Close, Druids Heath.

That row - which was also caught on camera - again appeared to be a dispute over payment of a fare.

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"Why couldn't they leave him? Why did they have to stab him? He's been a taxi driver for ten years and there's been a lot of disputes over fares but never anything involving a knife.

Because they are scum.Plain and simple. :sad: :sad: :sad:

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