'Assault' appeal launched after teen grabbed in taxi dispute

PUBLISHED: 15:19 11 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:43 11 March 2014

Police are investigating a fight between three people in Hitchin

Police are investigating a fight between three people in Hitchin

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An appeal has been launched after a teenager was bruised in a dispute over a Hatfield taxi fare.

Herts police is asking witnesses to come forward after a 19-year-old woman’s wrists were grabbed by a driver.

She managed to wriggle free and walk away from the silver Volkswagen.

A spokesman for the force told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It looks like she was going to [pay for the journey], but the incident happened and she walked away.”

A police statement has described last Wednesday’s “incident” as an assault.

It happened in Briars Wood at around 6.45pm.

The driver, an Asian man with white hair, is aged around 50.

PC Joe Clapham, investigating, said: “Thankfully the victim was not seriously hurt but did receive bruising.

“We would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the stated time and remembers seeing an altercation between a man and a woman or anything else unusual.

“We believe a silver coloured Mercedes may have driven past at the time of the assault and we would like to speak to the driver as they may have witnessed the incident. Please contact me if you were this driver.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Clapham via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, citing crime reference B2/14/787.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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