Fresh appeal for witnesses after cab driver left bloodied and unconscious in Kensington

A black cab driver viciously beaten by a couple in Kensington still has no recollection of the incident as police launch a fresh appeal for witnesses.

The 62-year-old driver was left with covered in blood and with multiple fractures to his eye socket after the brutal assault six months ago.

Detectives from Kensington and Chelsea police are appealing for help to identify two witnesses to the attack on Monday January 26.

Detective Constable Simon Jewell, from Kensington and Chelsea CID, said: “The victim’s injuries are consistent with having been repeatedly kicked or punched in the head. This would appear to be a vicious attack on a 62-year-old man who has only recently been able to return to work.”

The cab driver, who does not wish to be named, was hailed by a man and woman in their early 20s around Brompton Square near Harrods and agreed to take them to Addison Gardens in Kensington.

When they arrived at the drop off point, the man paid the £20 fare but the driver noticed the woman had been sick on the cab and suggested they clean the mess up or pay an extra £45 for cleaning.

He has no recollection of what happened next but when he regained consciousness he was bloodied and bruised, he managed to drive home where his son took him to hospital.

DC Jewell said: “We have released a photo of the cab driver in hospital taken from a Body Worn Camera in the hope that this will encourage people to come forward with information to help the investigation.

“We are appealing for anyone who can help us to identify the couple, a white man and woman in their early 20s, who caught the cab in the early hours on Monday, 26 January from the vicinity of Brompton Square to Lower Addison Gardens.

“We’d particularly like to speak to the residents of Lower Addison Gardens and Addison Gardens who may have heard noise at approximately 02:30 hrs on Monday January 26 or may even have witnessed the assault.”

If you have any information about this incident please call police on 020 8246 0217 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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