A taxi driver has recalled his horror at being caught in the crossfire of a gangland fight.
Paul Browns, 46, was called to a job on a recent Thursday night to pick up three men in their early twenties.
But, after getting there and picking the trio up, his taxi was blocked and he was set upon by a gang brandishing an iron bar.
He told the Hull Daily Mail: “I was just driving to pick them up and saw there was a dead end at the bottom of the road. I thought I’d go there to turn around first but they just got in. So I went to turn around and a car at the other side blocked me in. The lads started shouting ‘go, go, go’ but I couldn’t. I was completely blocked in.”
Mr Browns said two young men came from the car blocking him in, and started attacking the car with the iron bars.
Paul continued: “They started hitting the car, obviously after the passengers. They took metal off my car and left dints. I told the guys to get out.”
The men tried to smash Paul’s driver’s door window in and hit through the rear window, along with his wing mirror.
He said: “There was glass everywhere. The driver of the other car was still in it and eventually moved enough so I could get through. The passengers were still in the car so I drove to the police station and called 999. I know they were set upon but something had obviously gone on before I got there.”
After getting to the police station, the passengers clambered their way out of the vehicle and fled.
Paul, a driver for Arrow Cabs in Bridlington, owns his car but rents his radio from his employer.
He said his car suffered a lot of damage in the attack, which happened in the Trinity Avenue cul-de-sac in the town. He said: “I think it will even go against me on my insurance because there wasn’t a third party vehicle actually involved so I can’t claim against it.”
Because of the amount of damage Paul’s car has sustained, he said he is unable to go to work. He is also feeling nervous about late night pickups. He said: “I’ve been a taxi driver for four years and this has never happened. You know to expect a bit of trouble on a weekend but this was a Thursday. “It does scare me a little bit and I will be nervous about who I pick up now.”