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Cabbie tells of 'racially-motivated' attack by thugs
7:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A Bradford cab driver says he is sickened after he was throttled by a passenger in what he says was a racially aggravated attack.
Father-of-four Abdul Latif, 52, was attacked as he drove three men in the early hours.
The cab driver of 15 years managed to bring his car to a halt while trying to fend off his attacker with one hand.
He was then subjected to racial abuse as the men left the scene.
Last night Mr Latif said: “It is sickening when people racially abuse you when you are just doing your job and carrying out a public service.
“It makes me wonder why I do the job. If there was anything else to do I would pack it in but there aren’t many jobs around so I will carry on.”
The passengers all got in the back, but as he drove down The Bank in Eccleshill, the man sitting behind him put both his hands round his neck and squeezed.
“He squeezed as hard as he could. I managed to stop the car near a group of people who were drinking and banged on my window to attract their attention. I couldn’t breathe.”
The men, all in their 20s, then got out the taxi, his attacker hurling. racial abuse as they left.
Mr Latif said: “I was shocked. My neck still hurts and I am taking painkillers. I am still having trouble with my speaking and eating.”
Company owner Wajid Jahangir said: “They nearly killed him. We are just trying to do a decent job. This isn’t on.
“We have had stones, bricks and eggs thrown at cars before but nothing like this. The driver nearly lost his life because of a few thugs. I want these people arrested as soon as possible.
“He said another minute and he could have been dead. It is very sad. You want to do a decent job and we are facing up against this. He is fortunate – he is just trying to earn a living.”
A police spokesman said officers were called to The Bank at 1.15am on Sunday.
The offence was believed to have occurred when the victim was assaulted by one of three men he was carrying in the back of his cab, said the spokesman .
“Following the incident the driver pulled over and argued with all three men before they ran off.
“The victim suffered some reddening around his neck but was otherwise uninjured,” he said.
“All three males were described as white and wearing tee-shirts. One was also described as slim and about 5ft 10ins tall.
“Officers have conducted inquiries into the incident and are appealing for anyone who saw it, the argument, or the three running away from the taxi shortly after 1am to contact them.”
Information can be given to Airedale and North Bradford CID on the 101 non-emergency number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.