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PSNI appeal over taxi driver assault

Police issued this image of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident Police issued this image of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident
By Conor McParland

POLICE have issued an image of a man they wish to speak to after a taxi driver was assaulted and left with a broken jaw in Belfast earlier this year.
The assault happened at around 3.30am on Monday, May 7 in High Street.
The male taxi driver was seriously assaulted by an unknown male as he stood beside his taxi before the attacker then got into the taxi and attempted to drive off in it.
Unable to start the car however, the male was forced to flee the area on foot in the direction of Royal Avenue. The taxi driver required surgery for a broken jaw following the assault.
Detective Inspector McDonnell said: “We are releasing an image today of a man who we believe may be able to assist us with our enquiries into an incident which occurred at High Street in Belfast in the early hours of Monday, May 7.
“This was a completely unprovoked and cowardly attack on a man who was simply out earning his living. We have been carrying out various enquiries since the incident and by releasing this image today we hope to progress our enquiries further.
“I would ask anyone with any information about this incident or who can assist us to identify the individual pictured to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 261 07/05/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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