Dartford cabbie seeks tougher jail terms after attack

A Kent taxi driver who was assaulted in a row over a fare has taken a letter calling for tougher jail sentences to the Ministry of Justice.

Owen Palmer, from Dartford, said he was appalled by the "lenient" term given to a man who punched and kicked him.

His attacker was jailed for a year after pleading guilty to actual bodily harm and common assault.

"It's essential to protect the ordinary citizens of this country. We need to send a clear signal," he said.

"We can't hand over the country and the society to thugs and other people like that," Mr Palmer, 66, added.

Since the attack in Dartford in February, he has installed a security camera in his cab.

The incident happened a couple of miles from where another taxi driver was murdered in a row about a fare in Gravesend, which prompted the introduction of CCTV cameras in taxis across the town.

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