Taxi driver assaulted in ‘unprovoked attack’ outside Wokingham station

Wokingham Station

A TAXI driver suffered a fractured ankle after being assaulted by a group of people outside Wokingham station last week.

The man was attacked at around 1.30am on Friday, April 8 on the rank at the front of the station.

Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) arrested two people at the scene – an 18-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl, both from Wokingham – on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and criminal damage.

A 20-year-old man, also from Wokingham, was also arrested on Sunday evening (10 April) in connection with the incident.

All three – who are from the Wokingham area – have since been released on bail, pending further enquiries, and detectives are appealing for anyone who saw what happened to come forward with information.

Detective Constable Mat Harvey from BTP said: “Our enquiries so far lead us to understand there was a group of five people – two women and three men – who wanted to get into the taxi, but became aggressive when they were refused travel as the driver could only carry four.

“The driver was then subjected to a vicious assault, during which he was pulled to the floor where he was kicked and punched, resulting in a fractured ankle. His vehicle was also damaged during the attack.

“Two members of the group were arrested at the scene in connection with the matter and we worked swiftly over the weekend to arrest a third person.

“This appears to have been a nasty, unprovoked assault on a man who was simply doing his job. I would urge anyone else who was at the station and witnessed the incident to get in touch.”

Anyone with information can call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference 249 of 13/04/16.

Alternatively, details can also be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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