CCTV appeal after South Shields taxi driver reportedly assaulted after passenger refuses to pay fare

A taxi driver was allegedly assaulted after a passenger refused to pay his fare in South Shields.

Police received a report of assault following an incident around 3am on Sunday, August 28, where an unknown male refused to pay for a taxi fare upfront in Keppel Street.

It was reported that after being asked to pay, the passenger became aggressive and physically assaulted the taxi driver, before kicking the car door, causing damage.

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Officers say the male fled the scene on foot after the owner of the vehicle confronted him.

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The force has now identified a man who they would like to speak to. He was seen in the Keppel Street area at the time of the offence and officers believe he could assist the investigation.

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The man pictured, or anyone who recognises him, can contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website, by calling 101 quoting crime number 101965S/22, or via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.