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Muslim taxi driver abused in Tunbridge Wells fears return to work

Muslim taxi driver abused in Tunbridge Wells fears return to work

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Tuesday January 02 2018

A Muslim taxi driver who was racially and religiously abused by a man in public has told local paper Kent Live he is scared of returning to work.

The 31-year-old, who has lived in Tunbridge Wells for 15 years, was subjected to a torrent of abuse outside Tunbridge Wells train station just before midnight on Saturday 30th December after quoting a man a cab fare of £42.

Footage of the incident shows the man swearing and calling the driver a “Muslim c***” and a Muslim f***” before telling him, “You’re in England not in f****** Bangladesh”. Members of the public can be seen restraining the abuser before he is led away from the scene by a woman.

The unnamed driver, who is originally from Afghanistan, told the paper: “The man came up to me and said he was looking to go to Horsmonden, about 12 miles away, and I rounded the price to £42.

“Straight away he was asking me where I was born and then started getting very aggressive and shouting some horrible things.

The driver said that he was able to record some of the ordeal on his mobile phone, before adding, “I went straight home and couldn’t sleep at all, I’m so worried about working again tonight”.

Police attended the scene but were unable to locate the culprit. Both Kent Police and British Transport are making further enquiries into the incident.

A spokesman for Kent Police said, “Officers attended and spoke to a man who reported being racially abused by another man who had left the scene. The officers searched the area but were unable to find him.”

Anyone who suffers from Islamophobic abuse or hate crime should contact police on 999, or via the non-emergency number 101. Islamophobic abuse can also be reported to MEND’s Islamophobia Response Unit (IRU) at mend.org.uk/report.

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