POLICE are appealing for information after a taxi driver was assaulted in Stilton on New Year’s Eve.

The driver had taken a fare to The Talbot pub in North Street, shortly before midnight on Saturday (December 31), however the passengers only handed over £5 of the £15 fare.

When the driver said he would call the police, two of the men punched him to the floor and kicked him. An onlooker intervened and the victim managed to get back into his car and drive away. He suffered minor injuries.

One of the offenders is described as white, about 20, cleanly shaven with dark hair. He was wearing a black, sleeveless top and blue jeans.

Pc Suzanne Pickard, investigating, said: "This was a nasty attack on a man who was simply doing his job.

"I would appeal to anyone who was celebrating the New Year at the pub and may have seen what happened. In particular I am keen to speak to the member of the public who came to the aid of the driver when he was being assaulted."

INFORMATION: Anyone with any information should call Pc Pickard on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.