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Taxi driver suffered heart attack & fights for life attack on his vehicle in Hackney

A Taxi driver is seriously ill in hospital after suffering a heart attack and in a critical condition after his car was followed by a group of males and damaged.

Police had been called to the ongoing incident and found the driver behind the wheel suffering from a medical episode.

Detectives are appealing for information after a minicab driver was taken ill in Hackney.

Police were called by members of the public at approximately 23:37hrs on Saturday, 30 March to reports of a group of males damaging a Toyota Prius on Amhurst Road, N16.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found a male driver, who was inside the car during the attack, suffering from a medical episode at the scene.

The man, aged in his 40s, was treated at the scene by the LAS for a suspected heart attack and taken to an east London hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Officers from the Met’s Central East CID are investigating.

Prior to the attack, it is believed the victim’s car was followed for a short while by a white Ford Focus. At the Amhurst Park Road junction with Rav Pinter Close, the Ford Focus boxed in the victim’s car and four or five males armed with weapons exited. The group smashed the windows of the victim’s car before getting back into the Ford Focus and making off. It is not known which direction they went in.

Three passengers who were also inside the vehicle at the time of the attack were uninjured.

Detective Constable James Readman is investigating. He said: “I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack or may have information regarding this incident.

“Although the driver was not injured directly by the suspects, it is believed he was taken ill shortly after the attack on the car. He now remains in hospital in a life threatening condition and my officers are working to identify the group of males responsible.

“It appears this was a planned attack and an investigation has been launched to establish the full circumstances which led to this incident taking place.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 8702/30March or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Trevor Sherwood is the Editor of Police Hour. Trevor studied Crime and Investigation at Teesside Uni and has a background within policing.

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