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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 7:55 pm 

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Not saying this didn't happen, but I suspect there was more to it than is being told in this article :-|

Woman ‘punched unconscious and robbed by taxi driver’ after Watford night out ... ord-night/

Image: Watford Observer

A woman has been left housebound in fear after she was allegedly punched unconscious and robbed by a taxi driver following a night out in Watford.

Having got into a taxi with a male friend, the driver was reportedly acting “erratically” after hearing they needed to withdraw cash to pay.

He then drove to Tesco Express in St Albans Road and the pair got out.

The victim said: “Then he got out of the taxi and he started getting really angry saying ‘hurry up, hurry up’, and we were like we just need to get our cards out – we’d literally just got out.

“Then I turned around and he grabbed me and punched me, and he knocked me out.”

The victim regained consciousness after several seconds, but the man had allegedly rummaged through her bag and taken her phone.

She continued: “Because of the way he’d been acting I’d started to film him because I thought this is ridiculous, I just had this feeling he was going to do something.

“So then he took my phone, but he left me with my bag and I had a really expensive bag with me.

“So it wasn’t because he was trying to get money, I think he was panicking thinking now she’s got footage of this.”

The woman’s friend ran to her aid, along with a woman from flats above, while the driver got back in the car and drove off.

Police were called and the victim was taken to a nearby friend’s home who then rushed her to Watford General Hospital.

Following the attack at around 4am on Sunday, July 31, the woman claims police still haven’t contacted her for details four days later.

A Herts Police spokesperson confirmed they received calls about the robbery and an investigation is ongoing. No one has been arrested.

On Thursday, the 26-year-old victim revisited the spot and confirmed it was totally covered by CCTV – so she is unsure why there has been a delay.

She continued: “I’ve not been able to leave the house other than to go to hospital because I’ve been too scared.

“But I’ve noticed that all around here there are a lot of flats, there are a lot of people who have Ring doorbells, and there’s so much CCTV.

“Obviously it would be good if someone could say ‘oh yeah I saw it’ or ‘I’ve got a camera’.

The woman from St Albans, who works as a civil servant, used the Find My iPhone app several hours later which appeared to show her phone by the Grand Union Canal.

She said the whole ordeal has left her traumatised, adding: “When I’m going outside I’m panicking and getting really hot and cold.

“It’s made me really nervous to be around people now because I’m thinking you don’t know what people are like.

“I’m off work at the moment because I work in London and the thought of going into London is terrifying and it’s just left me in quite a bad state.”

She also wanted to warn others to be wary ahead of the weekend.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 7:56 pm 

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This is a later article, mainly about the police response to the incident. Certainly sounds pretty bad as it's portrayed here, but will be interesting to see how it pans out. Not beyond the realms of possibility that we won't here another peep about it, though, for good reasons or bad :?

Woman ‘attacked by taxi driver’ slams ‘demoralising’ police

A woman who was reportedly attacked and robbed by a taxi driver in Watford has branded the police response “demoralising”.

The 26-year-old was knocked out near Tesco Express in St Albans Road during the early hours of Sunday (August 5) – leaving her with a suspected fractured cheek bone.

The male cabbie had allegedly taken off with her phone before police arrived, but the victim says she was then “shocked” by how officers treated her.

She said: “My eye was really nasty and I felt really sick from the head injury, and rather than treating me like I’d actually just been assaulted they were just treating me like I was a drunk person on the street.

“It was getting quite late, and I asked for his collar number because I said you shouldn’t be treating someone like this, I am a victim, and he got really angry when I asked for it.”

The woman, a civil servant from St Albans, claims she was told incidents like this would not be treated as a priority because officers had more serious matters to deal with.

“That’s when I said to them ‘I really hope you’ve got your camera on to record that’, and then it was convenient that three officers on the scene didn’t have working cameras at the time of the incident.

“I mean it sounds like the whole thing is on a TV drama – it’s not just one thing that has to go wrong, it’s even the people that are dealing with you can’t deal with it properly.”

Police then took her to a friend’s house, rather than to hospital, before her “horrified” friend rushed her straight to Watford General.

Coincidentally, the same officers were also at the hospital – but after her friend questioned why they hadn’t brought her there directly an officer was reportedly “rude” and blasé.

Internal complaints about her treatment were lodged by non-emergency number 101 staff and a Hatfield police officer later that day.

But five days later, the victim has still not been contacted about her treatment or the attack, which she fears risks losing vital CCTV evidence.

A Herts Police spokesperson said: “Investigations into the assault are continuing at this time.

“We are aware that some concerns have been raised around the police response and these are being reviewed.

“We are therefore unable to comment any further at this time."

PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:16 pm 
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Some may believe the lady in question, others may not.

I'm pretty certain which side I fall on. :---)


PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:36 pm 

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Sounds like load of bollards to me.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:14 am 
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Drivers don't rob people or throw punches unless in self defence I think this lady wants to think carefully about what she claims in statements to the press it could well come back to haunt her if she's later proven to be lying

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