POLICE aim to increase patrols in a Chesterfield neighbourhood after a taxi-driver and other motorists have been targeted by stone-throwing thugs.
Hackney cab driver Anthony Milburn, of County Cars, was driving passengers along Newbold Road, Newbold, near Loundsley Green Road junction, when his Peugeot Eurobus people carrier was struck by a brick.
Mr Milburn said: “Someone chucked a brick and it smashed into my off-side rear wing and narrowly missed my back window.
“I dread to think what could have happened to my passengers if the window had been smashed.”
Mr Milburn was attacked about 8pm, on Saturday, December 10, and he was also targeted about 7pm, the following Sunday, when his vehicle was struck by stones and mud.
During the first attack, according to police, four male youths were seen running away towards Newbold Court.
Police also confirmed they had received earlier reports of three or four male youths throwing bricks at passing traffic near Loundsley Green Road and Newbold Road about 6.50pm, on December 10,
Mr Milburn, who suffered an estimated £600 of damage, added: “A colleague told me he had something thrown at him and the garage doing my repairs said they have been doing other vehicle repairs from brick attacks.
“I avoid this area now and when I explain the reason to customers they understand.
“I think tougher punishments are needed because police patrols will just see the problem moving to other areas.”
Police fear the incidents could be linked to the same gang because of the timing, location and description of offenders.
A police spokesman said: “These potentially dangerous incidents will be passed on to the area’s police safer neighbourhood team and be put into their patrol strategy.”
Witnesses and those with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.