Taxi driver bashed in Bay

A TAXI driver who was repeatedly punched in the face by a passenger during a drop-off in Hervey Bay has told police he can't remember being attacked.

The 35-year-old driver picked up a male passenger at Torquay between 2-3am on Saturday and drove him to Pulgul St, Urangan, where the assault is believed to have occurred.

A Hervey Bay police spokesman said the taxi driver was struck several times in the face and was left with a number of injuries, including a blood nose.

The offender took off and the victim was taken to hospital by ambulance a short time later.

Police are now attempting to identify the passenger through CCTV footage.

In a separate incident, a teenage boy was also assaulted and robbed in the early hours of Saturday.

The 15-year-old was with some friends when a man approached the group at a Point Vernon park and asked if they had any drugs.

When they refused, the man asked them to turn out their pockets, a request that was also refused.

He then punched the teenager once to the jaw.

The offender went on to steal coins from the boy's pockets and his mobile phone.

The incident occurred between 12.30-1.30am on the corner of Murphy and Kehlet Sts.

The offender is described as being about 180cm tall and was wearing a grey and black hooded jacket and thongs.

Witnesses should contact police or Crime Stoppers.



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