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Boy arrested after taxi driver was seriously injured when a substance was sprayed in his eyes in High Wycombe

| July 30, 2017

A taxi driver was seriously injured after being sprayed in the eyes with an unknown substance following an incident in High Wycombe on Sunday 30th July 2017.

At about 1.00am the taxi driver, a 43-year-old man driving a black Toyota Prius, dropped off three customers in George Street, High Wycombe however the customers left the taxi without paying.

The taxi driver followed the customers who then paid but one of the customers then sprayed an unknown substance in the eyes of the taxi driver. The customers fled the scene in an unknown direction.

On the evening of Sunday 30th July 2017 Police arrested a 15 year old boy from High Wycombe on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Glister is still appealing for information. She said: ‘This is an unprovoked attack on a working man who was going about his evening shift as a taxi driver. It is cowardly for a group to attack an individual, especially when they use a weapon.

The victim is currently in hospital with serious injuries to his eyes. At this stage it is too early to establish what the substance is that was used to attack him.

The offenders are three black males aged between about 16 and 18 years old.

I understand that this attack will cause great concern in the local community but I want to reassure the public that the Thames Valley Police is conducting a thorough investigation and is determined to find the offenders. Further, I believe this is an isolated incident and is not linked to any other offences.

The force will also be working with taxi companies to provide reassurance and personal safety advice following this cowardly attack.

If you have any information about the offence please contact the force is by calling 101 or visiting your nearest police station and quoting reference number 43170224985.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information relating to this case to please call 101 quoting reference ‘43170224985’ or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

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