Taxi driver assaulted in ‘hate-motivated’ attack in Bedford town centre

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Witnesses are being asked to come forward after a taxi driver was assaulted in Bedford town centre are the weekend.

The assault, which is believed to be hate-motivated, happened on Lurke Street on Saturday (27 April) at around 2am near the roundabout in front of Lidl supermarket.

Stopping near the roundabout, the driver was approached by a man and after rolling down his window he was punched several times.

The offender is also reported to have used offensive language towards him and then made off towards an alley near Barclays bank.

The victim had to attend hospital for treatment to his injuries.

The offender is described as white, around 30 years old, with long hair. At the time of the offence he was wearing a long coat.

PC Rupert Carlile, investigating, said: “This was a disturbing and unprovoked attack which we believe was motivated by hate. We won’t tolerate this kind of behaviour and we are keen to speak to anyone who witnesses anything suspicious or saw the offender in the area at that time.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Carlile on 101 or via the online reporting centre and quote reference number 40/23974/19.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.