A TAXI driver who was attacked and robbed of £400 at knifepoint by a gang on Bulwell’s Snape Wood estate said the experience was ‘the scariest moment of my life’.
The 45-year-old cabby, who asked not to be named for fear of repercussions, added: “I thought I might die.”
He has been so shocked by the ordeal that he is thinking of quitting his job.
The father-of-one was waiting for a passenger after pulling up on Nine Acre Gardens when the group of about five men appeared.
They all forced their way into the private-hire taxi, three sitting in the back while the other two went to the front.
“One pulled out a knife and held it to my throat, asking for money,” said the driver. “In this situation, you don’t have time to think. I had both hands round the knife trying to get it away from my throat.
“I don’t think I’ll ever drive taxis again. I just want a safe life.”
He handed over about £300 in notes to the group of attackers, who then spotted the taxi driver’s change bag. They cut his head, punched him in the face and grabbed the bag, which contained about £100, and then ran off.
The driver, who has been employed by County Cars for two years, called the police after the mugging, which occurred at about 12.15 am on Tuesday June 5. He went to the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where he had six stitches in a cut to his head.
The general secretary of the Private Hire Association, Bryan Roland, said: “A lot of taxi drivers have been attacked in the last month. With the number of such cases on the rise, I am worried that there will be even more in the coming months. It’s absolutely massive and it’s getting worse and worse.”
Mr Roland believes attacks on drivers began to rise when bars and clubs were allowed to extend their opening hours. He thinks this has led to people drinking much more than they used to on a night out.
He said: “Ever since the alcohol freedom act came in and people can drink until dawn, the absolutely clear evidence is that the association’s drivers are the ones suffering for it.”
More than 230 reports of attacks on taxi drivers across the UK have been received by the association this year.
Anyone with information about the Snape Wood attack is asked to contact Detective Constable Rachel Woodford on 101. Alternatively, a call can be made in confidence to ‘Crimestoppers’ on 0800 555111.