Passenger punches taxi driver in the face outside city hotel

The Churchill Hotel on Bootham. Photograph © Google Street View

A passenger punched a taxi driver in the face and trashed his phone in a late-night incident.

It happened on Sunday (29 September) between 1am and 1.30am when a man and woman were headed to Bootham after being picked up on Rainsborough Way.

Punches were thrown by the male passenger from the rear seat close to the Churchill Hotel in Bootham.


The taxi driver was left with swelling to his face and the unknown offender also took the victim’s mobile phone from his taxi and damaged it beyond repair by throwing it on to the pavement.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said:

  • We are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

    In particular, we are appealing for information from any passers-by and anyone who may have been residing at the Churchill Hotel at the time.

The suspect is described as

  • white
  • 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in tall
  • of stocky build
  • wearing blue jeans
  • and a grey hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police.

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Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Abid Tarvaz
Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the website
Email Abid Tarvaz here
Quote reference number 12190180667