TAXI drivers have said they are scared of doing their jobs after a taxi was stolen and crashed in Witney town centre.

The car ploughed into a row of four parked vehicles in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Abdul Mubin, the owner of Abdul’s Taxis, said it was one of his taxis that was involved in the incident.

He said his driver Nural Hoqie had been waiting at a taxi rank for a customer when he was approached by a man who assaulted him and stole his car.

Shortly afterwards the crash happened in Corn Street.

The road was closed for two hours as fire crews worked to make the damaged vehicles safe and ensure there were no fuel leakages.

Mr Mubin said his colleague, a father of one who lives in Chipping Norton, was left ‘very upset and worried’ by the incident.

The 37-year-old said: “All the taxi drivers I’ve spoken to are very scared by this.

“They are worried something similar might happen again, this time to them.

“We feel we have to be very careful when going about our daily lives.

“None of us feel at all safe or protected.”

The businessman, who also lives in the town and has run the company for two years, said he was now looking at installing CCTV cameras in all the company’s cars.

Thames Valley Police arrested a 29-year-old man from Chipping Norton in connection with the incident and he has been released under investigation.

Call 101 quoting 43170336526.