A taxi driver has spoken of his terrifying ordeal after he was attacked by three masked men brandishing knives in a Burton street.
The Premier Cars driver’s suspicions were aroused when he went to pick up a fare at a house number in Winshill which did not exist.
The driver, 36, had received a call from a girl asking for him to pick her up at 32 Durban Close, in Winshill, which he says does not exist because there are only 21 houses in the street. The dad of three told the Burton Mail: “I’ve been driving for a long time, so I know the area quite well. Alarm bells were ringing in my head, but I just stayed there, hoping she would come out. Now I wish I would have just left straight away.”
He waited on the street for around 15 minutes before deciding to cancel the job and return to the company’s base. As he drove down the road and turned around, he says he saw three men, dressed head to toe in black and wearing balaclavas, walking towards his car and carrying knives. He said: “They came up to my taxi and one of them started hitting the glass of the driver’s window with the knife in his hand.
“He hit my window twice. I think the first hit was supposed to break the glass, and the second was for me. Luckily the glass didn’t smash. I don’t want to think what might have happened if he could get to me.”
The driver managed to drive away, while the thugs were still hitting his taxi, leaving scratches from the knives on two of the windows. He said that he was hoping that somebody would hear the commotion and come out of their house, scaring the men off, but no-one did.
“I’ve been a taxi driver for ten years and I’ve never had anything like this. It was terrifying, but all that was going through my head was that I needed to protect myself; even if that meant I had to run them over.
“I have stopped going to base now though. It gets dark at night and it makes me feel vulnerable. I’ve been parking up closer to the centre of town where there are lots of lights and cameras around. It just makes me feel safer.”
He is now appealing to anyone who might have seen anything unusual on the evening of September 29 to contact the police.