Police want to identify man following alleged assault on taxi driver

April 28th UPDATE: A man has voluntarily attended a police station and interviewed in connection with this incident.

Police have released CCTV stills following an alleged assault and racially aggravated public order incident near Denmead.

A police spokesperson said: “Do you recognise this man? We would like to speak to him in connection with an assault and a racially aggravated public order incident in Denmead.”

Shortly after 9.20pm on Sunday April 17 an altercation reportedly took place between a taxi driver and a male passenger on Southwick Road.

The taxi driver, a man in his 40s, stopped the taxi, a red Toyota Prius, on Southwick Road and both he and the passenger got out of the vehicle.

The passenger then allegedly assaulted the taxi driver before pursuing him from the roundabout at the junction with Forest Road, towards the junction with Hambledon Road whilst being racially abusive.

The man is described as being:

  • Aged between 50-60 years old
  • Muscular
  • Grey / brown receding hair
  • Grey beard
  • Wearing a dark polo shirt, dark blue jeans, white trainers and glasses.

The police spokesperson added: “Do you recognise the man in the CCTV images or from the description? Perhaps you were in the area at the time and witnessed the incident? Anyone with any information is asked to call us on 101 quoting reference 44220154390.”

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at  https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ where information can be left anonymously.