Battered mum punched and kicked by taxi driver after leaving phone in cab

A mum-of-four has described the shocking moment she was punched and kicked by a taxi driver after leaving her mobile phone in his cab.

Bianca Butler, 26, from Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, had been dropped off in a taxi at her friend's house in nearby Meir when she realised she had left her phone and her handbag in the car.

She rang the taxi firm and agreed to pay a £10 fee for the taxi to return her belongings.

But when the cabbie arrived, Bianca said he suddenly launched into an unprovoked attack.

The thug punched her in the face, causing her to fall to the floor, before stamping on her.

When she struggled to her feet and tried to retrieve her belongings, she said the cabbie then drove off, throwing her handbag out of the window.

The horrific attack took place at around 9pm on Friday night, September 25.

She told StokeonTrentLive: "I had gone to my friend's house in Meir when I realised I had left my phone and bag in the taxi.

"It was stuff I needed back as my whole life is on that phone.

"I rang the firm and asked if they could drop the phone off back to me. The guy had a bit of an attitude and said it would be a tenner which I was OK with.

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"The taxi driver rang me to say he was outside and I told him I was coming.

"When I went outside the driver got out of the taxi, punched me in the face, and I fell to the floor. He then stomped on my face.

"I asked what that was all about and then tried to get my stuff down out of the taxi.

"But while I was half in and half out of the car he put his foot down and I fell out of the taxi.

"It all happened in a flash. I couldn't see a thing. He chucked my stuff out of the car and drove off.

"Someone who witnessed the attack picked me up off the floor and took me into their house and cleaned me up and I went home."

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The attack left Bianca with a black eye and a bruised face, and she had to be put on a drip at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

She added: "I was petrified. I thought I was going to lose my life. I was so shocked by it, it broke my heart.

"I'm really wary of people now, I won't even walk the streets on my own anymore. It's really knocked my confidence and I won't be going out again."

Bianca said she had no idea why the taxi driver attacked her, and the firm told StokeonTrentLive that it doesn't know who the driver is.

She has reported the incident to the police, and Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses.

A spokesman for the force said: "A report of an assault has been made to police.

"The incident took place on Friday at approximately 9pm on Harrowby Road, in Meir. A woman suffered facial injuries."

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 790 of September 26.

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