Boy, 15, arrested after taxi driver attacked with corrosive liquid

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A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after a taxi driver had a corrosive substance sprayed in his eyes, police said.

The victim, a 43-year-old man, followed three customers who attempted to dodge their fare in the early hours of Sunday morning.

When confronted the trio, who he had dropped off in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, paid up, Thames Valley Police said.

However, after handing over the cash one of the group hurled an unknown substance into the man’s eyes, leaving him seriously injured.

Detectives branded the attack “cowardly” but said it is too early to know what the liquid used in the attack was.

The teenage suspect, from High Wycombe, was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Police are appealing for information about the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Glister 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.”

Anyone with any information should call Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting reference number 43170224985.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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