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Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 16:34 GMT 17:34 UK
'Revenge' attack on Asian cab driver
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An Asian minicab driver has been assaulted and had blue paint poured over him and his car in an apparent revenge attack for the atrocities in the US.

The 49-year-old driver was threatened and had racial abuse hurled at him after picking up three white men in south-west London .

They attacked him in Clayponds Avenue, Brentford, where they had been asked to be dropped off in the early hours of Monday morning.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "It is being treated as a racial assault - some of the remarks did apparently relate to the recent attacks in the United States."

Hands cut

The driver suffered cuts to his hands and bruising to his right leg and arm.

The attackers are thought to have picked up the paint can in the road, which they threw over him and his car.

Last week an Afghan minicab driver was attacked in west London and left paralysed from the neck down.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with this incident.


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