Essex

Taxi driver attacked and car set on fire in Harlow

E-fit of man wanted in connection with Harlow taxi robbery Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption An e-fit shows the man police believe assaulted the taxi driver

A taxi driver was assaulted and robbed by passengers who went on to set his car on fire, Essex Police said.

The driver, who is in his 50s and from Harlow, in Essex, collected four men and a woman from outside the Heart and Club pub in the town on Friday.

The man in the front grabbed the driver around the neck while the other passengers took his wallet, £190 in cash and a Samsung electronic device.

His Peugeot 307 was later found burned out on Peldon Road, Harlow.

The driver "suffered cuts and bruises" and was "badly shaken", police said.

An e-fit image of the man who was sitting in the front seat of the car, has been released.

The man is believed to have carried out the attack after the taxi driver refused to hand over his takings.

Det Con Mike Ferguson said: "This was a vicious attack on a taxi driver who had been booked to take five people from the pub to the Pinnacles.

"Instead, he was assaulted, robbed, injured and then had his car taken and destroyed by fire."

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